Archive for April, 2015


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Those who attended last week’s Emerging Technologies Series event at Highline College can tell you – Cameron Etezadi’s talk on Containerization and PaaS was a huge success (Thanks Cameron!)

Student’s came prepared, studied up on the topic, and were ready to go with a long list of questions.

But these talks are not just available to students – they are open to anyone with interest on the topic that wants to attend – and so we wanted to give you a heads up on the next talk we’re helping to organize, coming up in a couple weeks.



Nick Cox, Software Engineer

This April 29th talk will feature Nick Cox, a front-end focused software engineer at Navigating Cancer who works on developing the company’s Ruby on Rails based doctor/patient portal.

During this talk Nick will discuss Convention over Configuration, demonstrate how Rails abstracts MySQL queries, and possibly include some live-coding!


If you’d like to join us + Nick at this talk, you will find us at room 30-301 on Highline’s campus, in Des Moines. 

And if you can’t make it, we have high hopes this event will be taped so we can post it here on our blog for your viewing pleasure at your convenience.



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For a public educational institution, like Highline College, it can often take quite a bit of time to develop & get approval for a new course of instruction. Programming classes at these schools typically cover the core basics of software and web development, to give the students a strong understanding of the fundamentals needed for a career in computer science.

Our company President, Marjie Peterson, has been involved with Highline College in Des Moines, WA as a member of their CS/CIS Advisory Board for seven years now, having helped shaped the curriculum offerings and providing career guidance for the students.


In order to supplement the basics provided in the standard curriculum, and keep student’s up to date on what’s new in the world of software development, Highline College and the Advisory Board have developed an Emerging Technology Series for their students. This series invites professionals from the Seattle area to come talk to the class and demo new technologies that these students might not get exposure to otherwise – helping them stay relevant and competitive in the market place once they have graduated.

These seminars run weekly, on Wednesdays, starting at 3:50pm – with a new topic each week. 

Thanks to Marjie’s coordination efforts (and network!) this week’s seminar (4/8), will feature Concur Technologies new Deputy CTO – Cameron Etezadi, who will be presenting on Containerization and Platform as a Service.

Hi Cameron!

Hi Cameron!

 Cameron, a veteran of the Seattle high-tech community, formerly served as Senior VP of Engineering at Ticketmaster / Livenation, and prior to that –  ran development teams at both Amazon and Microsoft.

 For non-students who cannot make the class, but are interested in what Cameron has to say, we will be posting a link where you can watch a video of the seminar in the coming weeks. So stay tuned!