Galvanize expands to Phoenix Warehouse District

An urban campus where students and entrepreneurs can build their skill set in data science is expanding to Phoenix. Mayor Stanton announced today that Galvanize, the Denver-based education company, will open their 9th campus right in the heart of the Downtown Warehouse District. Co-founder Jim Deters also announced that insurance company Allstate will be working … Read more

Bonanza Educational brings Legos and tech together

Whether it’s building the Millennium Falcon or a walking robot, Legos can be used for educational purposes and as an outlet for teaching technology. Chandler-based educational enrichment program company Bonanza Educational, LLC is providing a multitude of programs for students and the community to learn topics that aren’t always taught in schools, including an Intro … Read more

The gender gap starts with us – Bev Crair, Intel – Girls in Tech Catalyst

Intel is just one of the larger tech companies in Arizona striving to reduce the gender gap in the tech industry, and are putting their money where their mouth is. Bev Crair, storage group vice president and general manager at Intel, spoke at the Girls in Tech Catalyst and said that Intel has invested around $300 … Read more

U of A announces new iSchool

The University of Arizona will be opening a new school in July focused on information research and technology. The School of Information, or, less formally, “iSchool,” will focus on developing solutions to information-based problems for technology and information based businesses. “Coming out of any discipline now to be competitive you need to be data literate,” … Read more

The Startup Journal – Pitching with Confidence

For the third entry of the AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal, we spoke to Gregg Scoresby, CEO of CampusLogic, an education technology company delivering transformative software solutions across the student life cycle and the winners of the recent Venture Madness competition, about pitching with confidence. The AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal features a variety of founders … Read more

Starbucks college education program helps students reduce need for loans

Expanding upon last year’s Starbucks College Achievement Plan, Arizona State University and Starbucks announced this week that all U.S. Starbucks employees are now eligible for 100 percent tuition coverage through the program. In the past, the program was only available for junior and senior employees. Now, both full-time and part-time Starbucks employees can receive a … Read more

UA Online to offer 21 new undergrad degrees

The University of Arizona has launched a new online educational platform where students choose from 21  undergraduate degrees under the new UA Online campus. “We are thrilled that prospective students — from busy professionals advancing their careers and parents returning to the workforce to active military and veterans, community-college transfer students and others — can … Read more

Beamz featured in National Geographic Kids' Top 5 Smart Toys

In the December 2014/January 2015 Issue of National Geographic Kids, 5 Smart Toys are featured and Scottsdale’s Beamz Interactive, a leading developer of state-of-the-art interactive music products, was identified as a gadget that uses cool science to bring great experiences to kids. The technology and science used in the Beamz laser controller enables kids to … Read more

ICE BlackBox app turns smartphones into a secure surveillance camera

Suspicious activity, domestic abuse, animal abuse, bullying and other illegal activities can now be captured on this new crime-fighting app. This app allows the user to stream real-time video to secure servers where it is saved and cannot be deleted by a perpetrator against the user’s will. The new ICE BlackBox app was developed by CEO … Read more

AZ educational game projects help virtual classrooms teach real skills

Have you ever wondered what the classroom of the future might look like? Well, there may be fewer chalkboards and many more video games. In Arizona, several institutions, businesses and educators are working to bring games to the forefront of education. One of those initiatives is Arizona State University’s (ASU) Center for Games and Impact, which studies the ways … Read more

Avnet VP selected as one of STEMconnector 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders

Avnet, Inc., a leading global technology distributor, announced that Beth McMullen, vice president of IT for Avnet, Inc., was selected as one of STEMconnector® 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM. McMullen was honored in the STEMconnector® publication featuring top executives who have demonstrated a commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and diversity initiatives. … Read more

Where to get free tech education around the Valley

What is an idea without the means or technology to bring it to fruition? Luckily, various locations around the valley are offering access to their technology labs and educational workshops. The best part? They are free of charge! TechShop is offering complimentary memberships at its Chandler location to ASU students for the fall 2014 semester. Any … Read more

Hacks 4 Humanity Hackathon kicks off September 20th at ASU

Calling all app designers, humanists, and creatives alike – the mission of Hacks 4 Humanity is to create technology solutions and initiatives that will contribute to the social good and address the needs of humanity using the seven principles of ASU Project Humanities “Humanity 101” movement. Together, the seven Principles of the “Humanity 101” curriculum … Read more

Phoenix Mobile Festival returns September 27th

The Phoenix Mobile Meetup group will host their third annual Phoenix Mobile Festival designed for mobile enthusiasts, developers, engineers and entrepreneurs on September 27, 2014 from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Phoenix campus. The festival, sponsored by Intel,  will support the many voices helping to unlock the potential of a truly … Read more

Campus shooting survivor launches safety app for ASU students

With campus shootings and crime rattling the country in recent months, tech firms and universities have taken an advance turn to supply students with in-palm methods of alerting authorities about on-campus crimes. Last week Arizona State University announced its launch of the school’s LiveSafe app, which allows users to report tips to the ASU Police … Read more

Hats, Film and Hackschooling – TEDx Logan LaPlante talks on how to keep kids stoked on learning

Internships with hat designers, ski manufacturers, film and designs school and community organizations is one way 14-year-old Logan LaPlante approached learning. Today at the Arizona Innovation Summit, this teen, known for his TEDx Talk with over 6M views on You Tube, discussed his concept of Hackschooling and how to stay happy and healthy while you learn. … Read more

Code for America hosting Open Data Roadshow Sept. 4th

Could the government benefit from enabling open data? Next month, this will be the hot topic at Code for America’s Open Data Roadshow. Local government officials, city managers, technologists, area experts and open data evangelists will have a chance to put their noggins to work to help their community and brainstorm ideas about open data.  Code for America … Read more

Silly pictures and iPads make learning science a breeze

It’s a crisis that shadows the United States year after year: students across all education levels fall behind in the sciences, leaving them and teachers struggling with how to keep up. In 2013, only 36 percent of high schoolers were ready for college-level science, and 38 percent of students who started off as a STEM major didn’t graduate as … Read more

Chandler's Synergis Education secures $5M Series A2

Synergis Education announced the successful completion of a $5 million Series A2 financing round with Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. (hereafter “Mitsui USA”) a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment and service enterprises in the world. Mitsui USA joins the largest investor … Read more