A nonprofit based in Denton Texas, we support the tech / startup community through workshops & meetups to grow the community and density in creative / tech talent. We interview local tech leaders in Denton to help tell the story of our creative culture and amazing tech talent here in North Texas.
Abdulrahman Habib, or known around TechMill as just Habib, is a Ph.D. student and graduate teacher at the University of North Texas College of Information. We first met Habib during our Open Coffee Club meetups, and he started becoming a regular at all our TechMill events.
Habib has been working with the City of Denton as a consultant for a few months now, researching processes and mechanisms of how to help transform our city into a smart city (and what it means for citizens).
Daniel Abasolo, a founding TechMill board member, is more than just a lawyer - he's a space lawyer. And no, he doesn't represent who owns the moon, but he can tell you what you need to do to get a chunk of metal into space. Daniel is no stranger to community involvement, an experienced lawyer in family and business law, and has been helping startups get off the ground in Denton for the past few years.
Marshall Culpepper, CEO of KubOS, has been involved in open source since before most of us we're in, uh... college, probably. Learning to program at a young age, we didn't have that much time on the podcast so go find another show he was on and listen to it there.
This week we talk about the final frontier, how Marshall plans to conquer it through metal cubes, making money on free software, and how you can turn a toaster into a sky laser.
KubOS RT: https://github.com/kubostech/kubos/tree/master/kubos-rt
KubOS Linux Build: https://github.com/kubostech/kubos-linux-build
Buy parts for your own cubesat: https://www.cubesatshop.com
How to reach Marshall
Email: [email protected]
Juli James never thought playing 80 hours of Zelda would turn into a bullet point on her resume. With a background in journalism, Juli treaded a decision to either focus on her journalism career or going into academics. Of course, then her and her colleagues received a grant to develop a game engine for journalists while moving to Texas which they eventually turned into a new company, Playable Media. Juli is also a big advocate to support and empower women in technology by leading the local Denton chapter for Women Who Code through regular workshops and meetups.
We talk to Juli about all things journalism, game design, education, and how the heck you even build a game engine this week on the TechMill Podcast.
Playable Media Story Builder: http://playablemedia.org
News Games Book: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/newsgames
Women Who Code: https://www.womenwhocode.com
Startup Weekend for Designers: http://www.techstars.com/content/community/the-designers-guide-to-startup-weekend/
Instagram: @ wakeuplaughing
Step Aument said he was never going back to into software, until he did, then didn't, then somehow ended up back here again. We talk with Step about his love affection with Denton, and his battered relationship with Java, and how Ruby helped mend his broken heart. Step is the CTO of Ready Rosie, a local education startup in Denton, and is also a big proponent of remote culture done right.
After hosting our own event for International Open Data Day (March 4, 2017) with the City of Denton and the University of North Texas Libraries, we brought on some of our expert friends to talk about the role of open data, how we can use it for municipal good, and what a smart city looks like.
A list of our guests this episode include:
- Jesse Hamner, data scientist and librarian
- Kevin Roden, city councilman and Code for America advocate
- Abdulrahman Habib, Ph.D. student and city consultant
- Jacob Scott Moses, former host of the Parksify podcast and urban living advocate
Code for America - https://www.codeforamerica.org
Open Denton - https://www.opendenton.com
Github - https://github.com/opendenton
OpenGov - https://opengov.com/blog/denton-tx-open-data-day
City of Denton Portal - http://data.cityofdenton.com
This week on the TechMill Podcast, we interviewed our own co-host, David Brunow, with the help of our good friend from Swash Labs, Josh Berthume.
David's story is one of struggles and triumphs from a naive teenager to an experienced software consultant and entrepreneur. Over years of acquiring knowledge and skills, David tells us how he landed the job of his dreams - the one he created himself.
Heather Steele is the owner and Chief Marketing Officer of Blue Steele Solutions, a marketing and development agency right here in Denton. We talked about her journey from starting off as a technical writer and transitioning into marketing, starting her own agency, and talking how being genuine with your clients pays off.
Contact Heather by:
Contact Forms on https://bluesteelesolutions.com
James Herriot: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Herriot
For our first episode of 2017, we interviewed our good friend Dave Sims, the current CTO of Kubos (a favorite satellite startup in Denton). Dave also has a diverse history of writing software ranging from all types of industries including education, healthcare, enterprise, and even coupons.
Email Dave at [email protected]
Email the wrong Dave, in Australia, at [email protected]
For the last podcast of the year, we talk about our favorite TechMill and community highlights of the year and what we’re looking forward to in 2017.
Kyle’s highlight list
* TechMill workshop series
* Open Denton / Open Data in Denton.
* Growth of startup/tech community in Denton.
* Bootstrap Denton 2016 was amazing.
* VR game demo by From the Future.
* New TechMill board members
David’s highlight list
* TechMill workshop series (teaching as well)
* Increase in use of technology in the city, increase in civic engagement
* Joining the TechMill board
Things we’re looking forward to in 2017
* Continuing TechMill workshop series with new topics
* TechMill community
Periscope stream of recording session: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1DXGyVQZvOdJM
Are you or people you know doing cool tech things in Denton that y'all would like to share? Or are there things you'd like to hear us talk about in addition to the interviews? Let us know!
Email: [email protected]
This week we met with Josh Berthume, co-founder of all-media agency here in Denton, Swash Labs, and chatted about advertising, helping brands find a voice, and turning eventual destruction into fuel for your passion.
Strange Brew: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086373/
Josh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jberthume
Josh on Instagram: https://instagram.com/jberthume
Josh on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jberthume
Josh on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jberthume
Josh's personal website: http://joshberthume.com
Josh's company, Swash Labs: http://swashlabs.com
We sat down with Jacob Scott Moses, a technical writer working remote for Rainmaker Digital out of Colorado, and talked about writing, podcasting, urban planning, and contributing to your community.
The Not Boring Tech Writer Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-not-boring-tech-writer/id1093182479?mt=2
Parksify Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/parksify-podcast/id1155954249?mt=2
Jacob's Website: http://jacobmoses.com
Rainmaker Digital: http://rainmakerdigital.com
Our guest this week is Danielle Gaither, a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas in computer science. Danielle, a regular in the TechMill community, is a freelance copywriter, photographer, and developer who is constantly engaged with the tech community. We talked about her experience in the Marines, being part of Women Who Code, and her thoughts on diversity in the technology space.
Reply All Episode about diversity: https://gimletmedia.com/episode/52-raising-the-bar/
Randi Skinner, Project Manager @ Blue Steele Solutions
This week we're talking with a local marketing guru and community service advocate, Randi Skinner!
Randi's Recommendations: You Too Can Be a Guru (http://bridgetwillard.com/blog/), Google (https://google.com)
Kyle's Recommendations: Hubspot (https://library.hubspot.com), Google Webmaster Guidelines (https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35769?hl=en)
David's Recommendations: Horace Dediu's Blog & Podcasts (http://www.asymco.com), Seth Godin's Blog (http://sethgodin.typepad.com)
Randi's Contact Information:
Email: [email protected]