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Mar. 18, 2016 11:33 am

Help build a living dataset of tech talent

We have a five-minute survey for you.

At NET/WORK Philly 2015, our take on the jobs fair.

(Photo by Neal Santos)

By taking a five-minute survey, you can help us paint an accurate picture of the region’s tech talent.
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From developer interview strategies to our recent NET/WORK event in Baltimore, we’re always interested in following how technical expertise grows and develops in our communities.

Why? Well, it’s no easy feat to build a vibrant tech scene — technical recruiting is one of the biggest challenges for most entrepreneurs and business leaders, and we’ve heard again and again how a shortage of talent across the country is one of the biggest barriers to innovation.

So it’s special when we come across a community that acts as both a technology powerhouse and a place for incredible talent to converge — and we think you represent that exact type of network.

  • We want to learn from you, and in the process build a reliable reflection of the local tech scene.
  • What kinds of skills do you and your peers possess?
  • What does the overall talent pool for your city look like?
  • What opportunities are knowledge workers looking for in your area? What kinds of companies do they want to work for?

Currently, we are seeking talent input from our readers to build out a living, breathing dataset for all the skills and resources that characterize the area around us. Help make this dataset an even better representation of your community by answering a few quick questions here. You don’t have to be on the job market to contribute.

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Aidan McConnell

Aidan McConnell is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania with a background in communications, public policy and network science software. A newly evangelized technologist, he's always searching for better ways to pair tech infrastructure with government decision-making. His biggest life goal is to found a university — he's still working out the details, of course.

  • marcgravez

    While the importance of good programmers is obvious, I think many equally important business skill sets for tech are missing from this survey. Project managers, product managers, business analysts, testers, tech support, usability/UXers, content strategists, technical writer/communicators, and others are all needed to ship a product customers actually want, create a website worth using, build a sustainable company, and so on.

    You also left off skills related to hardware.

    • Chris Vecchio

      Yes, apparently “technology” means only software.

      • Cary Betagole

        Hey Chris, we would love to include more hardware positions in the survey. Any suggestions you have would be much appreciated! cary [at]

    • Cary Betagole

      Hi Marc! Good to see ya. As a Product Manager, I wholeheartedly agree that all of these players are integral to any tech endeavor’s success. This is a special project for analyzing devs, but we are equally interested in others in the ecosystem, as evidenced by the data we collect in our Reader Survey: Thanks for the point regarding hardware. Would love if you could help us out and email me with any positions we should add to include that group – cary [at] See ya at Tech Week!

  • Ryan Paxton

    Will you be sharing the results of this survey?


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