Daily Archives: April 8, 2015

Hacking for Change in Chicago

During our first week of Startup Institute, we participated in a 24-hour IdeaHack. All students at Startup Institute Chicago crave the opportunity to get real-word experience working at a startup– but we were all a little surprised when the opportunity presented itself during week one. Aubrey Schuster of TransTech Social Enterprises kicked things off with a presentation about the organization. TransTech is a nonprofit creative agency that houses an apprenticeship program. They specialize in career development for trans individuals by offering educating and empowering them in the necessary skills to be productive members of the workforce.

The Challenge: Scaling Social Progress and Career Development.

With the goal of expanding both locally and nationally, TransTech looked to our cohort at SI for guidance on how to make their apprentice assessment/ hiring process more streamlined and comprehensive. They not only wanted to make their process more user-friendly, they also wanted to gather more useful data. Many of us, quite frankly, were a little confused at the end of Aubrey’s presentation. And, that was intentional. Our task was left deliberately open-ended to maximize our creativity.

TransTech is working to help people in the trans community gain skills and jobs no matter where they are. In a lot of ways, our hack teams had to do the same thing by working on a cross-functional team with members of varying levels of expertise and build upon each other’s ideas. In short, we had to make something..@TransTechSocial is empowering the trans professionals @rebeckyhogan @erinaengstrom Click To Tweet (more…)

8 Gems of Career Wisdom from a Top Entrepreneur

If you want to make it in Berlin, you need moments of luck, plenty of them.

This was confessed between two schnapps at the 9th Startup Grind event in Berlin. Moderated by Christoph Raethke, digital industry veteran and founder of the Berlin Startup Academy, Startup Grind Berlin founder and director Florian Krumb hosted an intimate fireside chat with Jens Begemann, CEO & Co-founder Wooga. Wooga is one of the most popular mobile game developers worldwide, responsible for hit games like Jelly Splash, Pearl’s Peril and Diamond Dash with 50 million active players per month. So, Jens definitely has career advice worth spreading. (more…)

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