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Michael Mattmiller is new chief technology officer

michaelmattmillerMayor Ed Murray has named Michael Mattmiller as Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer.  He came to the City after positions as a senior strategist at Microsoft  and seven years as a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in D.C. He took over from interim CTO Sabra Schneider.

Mattmiller is in charge of Seattle’s Department of Information Technology (DoIT), including
the City’s main data center, Seattle.gov web site, The Seattle Channel, the City’s fiber, data and telephone network, the Public Safety Radio network, cable franchises, Community Technology Program and technology oversight and planning.

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Making online connections for your job search

You probably have a number of people who are willing to share job announcements when they see them.  Have you thought about moving those connections online?  While employers are looking for you, they also want to see who you know and how they may already be connected with you.  They often do this to see if you will be a good “fit” for their employment “family.”  We often spend more time at work than anywhere else, so a good fit is important and one way to see this is through your online connections.

Many people are using LinkedIn.com, to network online.  Here you can post your profile information, which includes past jobs, your photo, and your interest areas both personal and professional.  You can also connect to others through your email accounts and encourage them to endorse your skills, while you endorse theirs.

Here are few extra steps you can take to help you successfully build an online network:

  • Create an email signature with a link to your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or other social media tools you use to connect with others.
  • Build your network by inviting your email contacts to connect with you through LinkedIn, Facebook and/or Twitter.
  • Keep communicating with the connections you make. Networking is a two-way street, both online and offline.

Interested in more tips for making online connections?  Visit http://seattle.gov/getonline for more information and resources for your online job search.

Free coding lessons for women and minorities

Google is offering vouchers to any women and minorities interested in learning how to code, CNET’s Seth Rosenblatt reports.

In a blog post from Gregg Pollack, CEO of the Code School, Google is paying for three free months for any women and minorities interested in tech to expand their skills.

While Google is also offering the same vouchers to the women in attendance at its annual I/O developers conference this week, the search giant has released an online application that’s available to women everywhere. Google says its available vouchers for women number in the “thousands.”

This new initiative comes just days after Google published a diversity report that revealed only 30% of its employees are women, while African-Americans and Hispanics only comprised 1 and 2% of Google’s tech employees, respectively. Google said the current state of its company diversity is “miles from where we want to be.”

Google did say at its I/O keynote, however, that there were twice as many women in attendance compared to last year.

The search giant also recently launched its $50 million “Made With Code” initiative, which aims to help close the gender gap in tech. (That particular enterprise is unrelated to the Code School vouchers.)

Outside of Google, the Labor Department says only 20% of software developers in the U.S. are women, while only 12% of computer science degrees today go to women.

Megan Smith, vice president of Google’s X division, said the company’s initiative to encouraging women in tech is all about “debugging inclusion.”

“We shouldn’t feel guilty about our biases,” Smith said. “We should wake up and do something about them.”

Seattle Public Library to host ‘Supporting Startups and Investing in the Community’ June 12

The Seattle Public Library is hosting a town hall session from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12 to explore how the Library can expand its technology, instruction, research and service offerings. The session will be held at the Seattle office of Internet marketing firm Moz, 1100 Second Ave., Suite 500.

The event is free and open to the public and is particularly geared to startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and members of the creative and lifelong learning communities. Please RSVP by Friday, June 6 here.

“Supporting Startups and Investing in the Community” will feature a keynote presentation by Moz co-founder Rand Fishkin, the “Wizard of Moz,” followed by a panel discussion that addresses how the Library and its partners can:

  • Help grow the local economy
  • Help people succeed with new technologies and increase their competitive skills
  • Help people participate in a culture of creativity and meet their learning goals.

The panel will feature City Librarian Marcellus Turner, librarians and members of the Library’s Technology and Access Advisory Committee. Rebecca Lovell, the startup liaison for the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, will facilitate. A Q and A session with the panelists will follow.

One of the Library’s five service priorities is to enhance technology to provide discoverability and increased access to materials, information, services and interactive experiences.

“We know that technology is a key enabler of Library services and is fundamental to achieving the Library’s mission to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives
and build community,” said Turner. “We want to hear from the public to make sure we are providing what patrons need.”

This event is presented in partnership with Moz and The Seattle Public Library Foundation.
For more information, call the Library at (206) 386-4636 or ask a Librarian.

Your Online Presence – Jobs & the Internet

Often referred to as a “digital footprint,” this is a digital record of everything you do online – whether it’s visiting a web site, chatting with friends, posting reviews to restaurants you have visited, uploading pictures and video and even just writing on your friend’s Facebook wall.  Your online presence is your online life.   Take a few moments to review these steps so you can see what’s out there about you.

Search yourself

Open up different search engines (Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc.) and see what comes up.  Do you recognize the images that come up? Does the info you see reflect who you are, or how you want to be represented?  Is the information outdated?

If you don’t like what you see, there are some steps you can take to delete the information.  Contact your friend who posted that picture of you on Facebook, and ask them to take down or untag the photo.  If you find that your information is popping up on social media sites you used to use, but no longer are active in, close those accounts.  JustDelete.Me is a directory of direct links to delete your account from web services.  It paints a very clear picture of what accounts are easy to remove and which onese are impossible.  Stay on top of your information and understand that it may take a while for your information to disappear from searches.

Protect your online privacy

Don’t share confidential information on your resume, cover letters, email or accounts set up in online job search sites.  These include: date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number, mother’s maiden name, spouse’s name, etc.

  • Create accounts and email addresses for job searching only.  This will help you to stay organized and protect your privacy as well.
  • Create dedicated login names and passwords for job searching sites, different from the ones you have for personal accounts.

Think before you post

  • Once it’s posted, it can be difficult to remove.
  • Don’t post things that you don’t want others to see or know about.  This includes responses to what others post as well.

Learn how to be successful in your online job search at: www.seattle.gov/getonline.

Opportunities for youth groups to visit Seattle’s IT

Would your youth group like to know what it takes to run the cities IT? Learn what education one would need, what work life is like and a lot more.

Your youth will be able to speak with the people who help run our TV Network Station, Network Operation Center, Help Desk, and Emergency operation center.

If you’re interested in having your group come contact Derrick Hall at 206-233-5061.


For residents, email is the preferred way to give their opinion to a community group or the city. (75 percent in the phone survey, 87 percent in the online survey, down to 38 percent in the focus groups). There is also high interest in participating through online community meetings (58 percent in phone survey, 71 percent of online respondents). Focus group participants were diverse, most often saying online survey (38 percent), community meetings (36 percent), or telephone survey (31 percent).

May 22nd forum: Seattle, how online are we?

Did you know more people in Seattle own laptops than desktop computers, or that two thirds use Facebook? But it’s not equal across the community.  Join us May 22 6:00-8:00 PM, as the City of Seattle releases its new report on how many in Seattle use smart phones and social media, have interest in high speed services, differences in use, cable customer satisfaction, and how they want to communicate with government and others.

Come hear the results and chime in about what we do with this new knowledge. The forum will be May 22, 6:00-8:00  PM at the Seattle Goodwill, 700 Dearborn Place S., at Rainier Avenue.  This event is being hosted by the City’s technology advisory board and Department of Information Technology.  (Find it on Google Maps.)

Seattle’s cable broadband program makes a difference

The Cable Broadband program offers free broadband connections to nonprofit organizations offering free technology access to their clients.  280 organizations have received broadband connections through the City’s franchise agreement with Comcast and WAVE (229 and 51 organizations respectively).

“The cable broadband connection really helps us achieve independence, and also helps our community’s digital divide by giving access to low-income housing refugees and after school homework help,” quoted from a user of the free high speed Internet in the labs.  If your organization is interested in receiving free broadband, please visit our site and submit an application.  You can also contact Derrick Hall by email or at 206-233-5061.

Are you a techie or provide technical services for your organization?

Join the Seattle NPO Techies group where you can collaborate and communicate with other techies who share some of the same issues you might have, like how to keep my organization safe on a shoestring budget.

Join this Google group to participate. The group meets on the 2nd Tuesdays each month at 10:00 AM.  Email Derrick Hall or call him at (206) 233-5061, for more information.