Albany Business Review | December 4, 2014

TEDx Albany speakers have a message for young people: Be curious

TEDx is a program of independently organized events that combine video and live speakers. About 80 people gathered at 435 New Scotland Ave. in Albany on Thursday to network and discuss how to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in technology.

The other speakers this morning included Chris Dutra, a software engineer at Apprenda, a software developer based in Troy, New York.

Dutra told the audience that while it is an exciting time for software development, he is concerned a decline in grade school computer science classes and lack of interest among young people.

“We’re entering a digital age without our children being properly trained,” Dutra said.

To make sure the next generation is prepared for software careers, Dutra recommended national programs that teach students how to code. Similar local programs include Hour of Code at Albany Public Library where students learn computer programming from writing basic code to creating their own video games…