Kristen Olsen at May’s Women in Tech Breakfast

We had a great time getting to know Kristen Olsen at this month’s WIT breakfast.

Kristen Olsen (@kdolsen) moved to San Luis Obispo nearly 20 years ago to pursue her dream of improving people’s lives through software development. She gets that opportunity every day as a Software Development Manager for Amazon, leading a team that enables people all over the world to independently publish their books for distribution on Kindle and print.

She studied Computer Science at Cal Poly and her career has been a tour of many of the large technology companies that people love – including Intel, HP, Apple, and Adobe (then Macromedia). Locally she started working for LEVEL Studios helping to create websites for large companies and then worked remotely as an Apple employee helping to write the services that Developers use to make applications available on iOS and Mac devices. After working remotely for years she wanted to come into a local office again which lead her to Amazon in San Luis Obispo.
Kristen lives in North County with her amazing husband Joe who stays home to take care of the kids and two young boys who are always at the ready with hugs. In her free time she loves to spend time with her husband and sons playing video & board games, watching eSports, being a part of a church community, and making crafts.

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Sarah Risley at April’s Women in Tech Breakfast

We had a great time getting to know Sarah Risley at this month’s WIT breakfast.

Sarah Risley (@SarahRisley) is the Nuclear Training Accreditation Supervisor at Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Power Plant. In 2010, driven by her passion for recruitment and retention of women in technology, she founded the Diablo Canyon Chapter of U.S. Women in Nuclear (U.S. WIN). U.S. WIN is the premier network of more than 8,000 members that work in, and support nuclear and radiation-related fields, with a keen focus on public outreach and professional development. She continues on the board today, and also represents members from the central and pacific regions on the national level by her service on the U.S. WIN Steering Committee, and is the Executive Sponsor for the national Professional Development Committee. Sarah holds a Master of Business Administration from Cal Poly and Bachelor of Science in Corporate Communication from the University of Texas, Austin. Sarah, her husband Chris, and their two young children reside in San Luis Obispo’s south county.

For those you who missed the breakfast—don’t worry! We recorded the interview.

Check out the link below for Sarah’s insights on being a working mother,  movies—from Nightmare Before Christmas to Some Like it Hot—and women in tech: 

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Software Developer

Our Company
There are countless software companies on the West Coast, but Comevo – based in San Luis Obispo – is one of a kind. Agile, innovative and responsive to our clients’ changing needs, our approach is simple. We collaborate. We communicate. And we create software – online orientation software for higher education institutions throughout North America – that is elegant, engaging and effective.

Our People
What makes us truly special? It is the character of each person – the individual skills, talents and personalities – that constitutes the essence of our company.

To continue providing our clients with software and service that are absolutely first class, we keep a constant lookout for innovative, industrious individuals who want to be part of strong, diverse, productive team.

Our Promise
There are no benchwarmers at Comevo: everyone gets to play in every game. Our size – and our positive, professional and rewarding corporate culture – affords each employee the opportunity to make a significant impact on the company’s success. Your voice will be heard. Your contributions will count. And your efforts will be rewarded.

Position Description
You get to create. You get to have fun. You get to earn money. Ultimately, you get to put your development skills to work in a variety of applications and services.

We’re a software company, so naturally our software developers play a vital role in our organization. Your experience, work ethic and ability to work both independently and within a team will ensure your success, and will contribute significantly to the continued growth of our business.

Primary Responsibilities
* Maintain – Core web application
* Create – Architecture and implementation of new services
* Develop – Front-end web development
* Implement – Internal support applications
* Support – Facilitate client set-ups
* Service – Address client issues as they arise

Qualifications & Skills
* Education – Bachelor of Science degree in a software related study.
* General – At least 3-5 years of industry experience in a software related field.
* Hands-On Experience – C#, ASP.NET, MS SQL Server, CSS, HTML and AWS a plus.
* Problem Solver – Ability to think strategically and develop creative solutions to challenges.
* Communicator – Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
* Professional – Team player with strong work ethic and outstanding organizational skills.

Details
Salary: $90,000 – $120,000 DOE
Hours: Fulltime

Contact Comevo
www.comevo.com, hr@comevo.com, (800) 748-0975

Comevo, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

IT Applications Support

IT Applications Support

We are a local food manufacturer with a long history of providing great products and being a top place to work in SLO county! We expect professionalism, experience, a positive attitude, a strong work ethic and the ability to work independently and/or within a team to provide top notch support and service to our staff. This position provides support to the administrative offices, as well as to plant personnel regarding how to use ERP software applications to ship orders, enter production, create PO’s, receive in product, supply chain planning, and general use of ERP system and other applications.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
~Act as the primary resource in the plant to assist users with the use of the ERP system. Learn the details of how the system works and is the on-site “expert” to assist users in all areas of the plant (manufacturing, planning, purchasing, A/P, A/R, Customer Service, Inventory, Shipping, Receiving, RF, etc.).
~Responsible for documenting procedures and proper use of the ERP system in all areas.
~Responsible for trouble-shooting ERP system issues and solving data/user-related problems.
~Responsible for testing ERP system updates and modifications as needed.
~Responsible for training new users on the use of the ERP system.
~Responsible for training users, documentation, and trouble-shooting other application software issues.
~Act as main point of contact between local Plant and IT Department at corporate headquarters.
~Coordinate with corporate headquarters on any system issues or functional needs.
~Review IT support requests and determine if they can be fulfilled locally or need to be escalated to corporate headquarters.
~Assist users with functions of all corporate software – answers questions, explains functionality, requests changes when needed.
~Remains abreast of changes in system software and hardware requirements.
~Enter commands and observe system functions to verify correct system operation. Instruct user in use of equipment, software, and manuals.
~Answer user’s inquiries in person and via telephone concerning systems operation. Diagnose system and operator problems. Recommends or performs minor remedial actions to correct problems based on knowledge of system operation.
~Attend technical conferences and seminars to keep abreast of new software and hardware product developments.
~Write documentation to instruct users in use of software and equipment.
~Train users to use various programs and provides technical assistance.
~Other duties may be assigned as needed.

TECHNOLOGIES SUPPORTED:
~PeopleSoft ERP system
~Microsoft Office suite (various versions)
~Adobe Acrobat
~Nortel multi-line phone system
~Oracle database
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS:

•Education – Minimum 2 years college education in IT or related field, and/or 2-3 years experience in a similar position.
•Must be a proven problem solver, with the ability to think strategically and quickly develop creative solutions to challenges.
•Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, able to clearly and routinely communicate with a variety of staff levels.
•Must be a professional, team player with strong work ethic and outstanding organizational skills.
•Experience in or ability to learn quickly desired on the technologies listed above is a BIG PLUS, especially with ERP systems!

This is a non-exempt, hourly full-time position. This position has no supervisory responsibilities. Pay is competitive, depending on experience, plus we have a very generous benefits package.

To apply send your resume to  hr1@spicehunter.com

SMV Tech Brew – April 2017

Last night the SMV Tech Brew at the Moxie Cafe was a standing room only event with every chair filled. The crowd came together to hear Brian Beaton PhD, and Bruce Burton from Cal Poly’s California Cyber Training Complex talk about the upcoming California Cyber Innovation Challenge in June. Included in the audiences were students from Orcutt Academy that are considering building a team for the competition.  With over 40 people in the audience we were at capacity.

SMV Tech Brew – Jeff Barnes

Last night about 25 people came together for a presentation from Jeff Barnes. The presentation started with a trip down memory lane talking about the evolution of CafeFX in Santa Maria. This was capped off with the demo roll that included many of the feature films that CafeFX during its 18 years in Santa Maria.

As always Jeff was a good storyteller and he made the presentation fun to listen to. The second half of the presentation was on Lytro camera technology and it is a real game changer. The data depth was amazing and the file sizes involved are just crazy but so are the abilities to edit after shooting. While Jeff went well over my head several times the parts I understood were amazing and the others probably was too. Jeff intended to get to the application for VR for this technology but we ran out of time. We are currently discussing with Jeff a possible second Tech Brew so we can finish our look at this subject.

On a personal note my son Ryan attended with his son Zeplen so here is a picture of three generations at a Softec meeting. For those that have been with Softec for a long time you might remember that my mother used to do guest check-in during the late 90’s so this makes it 4 generations of Softec in our family.

Call for Speakers 

Softec would like to hear from businesses or individuals that would be interested in speaking at Softec Events. Please reply to this email and include complete contact information, speaker bio, and topic description. Send this to events@softec.org
  • Softec holds Tech Brews in San Luis and Santa Maria each month and the presentation are approximately 20 minutes in length.
  • Softec holds Dinners that draw large crowds. Common format is a panel of experts talking on hot topics in tech.
  • Softec Open Houses are held in partnership with local businesses that are willing to give Softec an inside peek at cool tech things.
The first evaluation in giving someone a speaking slot is the WOW factor of the topic and speaker. Our mission in the community is to connect people, resources, and ideas to create a vibrant tech industry here on the central coast. We do this by creating fun events that attract smart people so they can meet other smart people. Over the last twenty plus years we have found that smart people talking about cool tech ideas create Softec moments.
Softec Moments are when people, ideas, and resources come together to create business formation or growth opportunities in our community. Many of the leading tech businesses in the region have one or more Softec moments in their history.

Kelly Irish at March’s Women in Tech Breakfast

We had a great time getting to know Kelly Irish at this month’s WIT breakfast. 

Kelly is currently a software engineering manager at MindBody. She received a BS in computer science from Virginia Tech and has worked as a software engineer for the past 20 years. She’s coded for small consumer focused startups to business management software, but the majority of her time was spent coding for government contracts from submarines to surveillance.

For those you who missed the breakfast—don’t worry! We recorded the interview.

Check out the link below for Kelly’s insights on submarines, coding, and women in tech: 

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VR Demo @ Santa Maria Tech Brew

Well after a few problems with scheduling caused by storm related power outages we got our sneak peek at an innovation in VR being developed by Trevor Orrick. This was the first time the device has been seen outside of the development team so it really was an exclusive sneak peak and the tech is very cool.

Their innovation is the control mat that you stand on to control the action within the VR environment. 

During the demo the group could see on the monitor what the person wearing the headset was seeing and the quality of the images was remarkable. The headset was another company’s product supplemented by the mat control developed by Trevor’s team.

After a short talk the group got to try the device and here is Tim Williams CEO from Digital West giving it a try.  I tried this for the first time and it was disorientating but I am sure with some time that I would get better.

It was a great event with about 20 people attending.

 

Bridget Benson at February’s WIT Breakfast

We had a great time getting to know Bridget Benson at this month’s WIT breakfast. Bridget is an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Cal Poly. Her research interests span computer engineering and aquatic sciences, focusing on selecting and developing technologies to advance marine science research.  

For those you who missed the breakfast—don’t worry! We recorded the interview.

Check out the link below for Bridget’s insights on electrical engineering, marine science, and women in tech: 

Apologies for the background noise. These interviews are done in an informal, coffee shop setting. We’re working on engineering a better audio setup, so stay tuned!

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