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Seattle In The Spotlight April 5th -April 11th, 2019

Seattle in the Spotlight: April 5th – April 11th, 2019

Got any exciting plans for the weekend? Before you get things started, be sure to check out this week’s Seattle in the Spotlight for the latest news surrounding the Seattle tech community, featuring: The Highest-Paying Entry-Level Jobs in Tech This Year, Seattle Tech Giants Back 7 City Innovation Projects, A High School Robotics Competitor Shares Why It’s Such a Big Deal in the Seattle Are, and more.

The Highest-Paying Entry-Level Jobs in Tech This Year

Forbes | Louis Columbus | April 11

“• Data Scientist is the highest paying entry-level job in tech, paying an average salary of $113,254. • Product Managers and Developers are the 2nd and 3rd highest-paying tech jobs this year, paying average salaries of $106,127 and $100,610 respectively. • The highest-paid workers in the entire study are Data Scientists in Seattle, followed closely by Data Scientists in San Francisco, and Product Managers in Seattle. These and many other insights into the current job market are from Comparably’s latest study of the Highest Paying Entry-Level Jobs in Tech.”

Seattle Tech Giants Back 7 City Innovation Projects

KING 5 | Jennifer King | April 9

“Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan created the city’s first Innovation Advisory Council (IAC) in 2018. The goal was to leverage technology in addressing some of Seattle’s ongoing issues like homelessness, affordability, and access to basic services. The IAC includes city officials and members of major companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Tableau, and Zillow. The city has now announced 7 projects formed by the IAC and which of Seattle’s tech giants are backing each project.”

Washington State Considers New Broadband Program to Expand Internet Access to Underserved Communities

GeekWire | Monica Nickelsburg | April 7

“A bill that would establish a dedicated Broadband Office to expand internet access in Washington state is working its way through the legislature at the request of Gov. Jay Inslee. The goal is to encourage internet providers to serve more areas in the state, particularly rural regions that often don’t have reliable service…Devin Glaser is director of Upgrade Seattle, an organization that advocates for public internet provided by the government as a utility. He called the bill “baby steps” in the right direction but he believes it is too deferential to private internet providers.”

‘The Hardest Fun’: A High School Robotics Competitor Shares Why It’s Such a Big Deal in the Seattle Area

GeekWire | Aedan Henry | April 6

“Right now, thousands of people from all over the Pacific Northwest are gathered in Tacoma, Wash., to watch high school teams compete. There’s loud cheering, colorful uniforms, and fast-paced gameplay…It’s a robotics competition, a sport for the modern generation. And with the recent regional increase in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, it’s huge in the Seattle area.”


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