There are 600,000 jobs in the United States which require a degree in computer science for four years, however, the nation produces only 40,000 computer science graduates for these positions last year.
The trend is for North Dakota, where there are 900 openings and only 116 students have graduated in computer science last year.
The skills gap is only one of many challenges facing the future of shared technology by Microsoft Chairman and General Counsel Brad Smith, in his opening speech at the sixth annual State of Technology Summit Tuesday, August 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn.
“The local innovators to solve global problems” was the theme of the event organized by the US Senator John Hoeven and House West Fargo Moorhead.
Hoeven said the purpose of the annual event is to celebrate the innovators, creating links and discuss future opportunities for progress. He firmly believes North Dakota is ready to become a leader in technology that the state already been made in agriculture and energy.
Smith’s speech focuses on the role of Microsoft in what is called “The fourth industrial revolution.”
He said the revolution will involve progress in three distinct areas: the physical world of 3D printing, robotics and autonomous vehicles; the biological world of genomics engineering and diagnosis; and the digital world of new technologies such as Blockchain and other disruptive business models.
One area where Microsoft is leading the way cloud storage. Last year, Microsoft spent $ 7 million in capital investments to build what Smith said he is likely to be the first or second largest cloud infrastructure on the planet.
Smith elaborated on the challenges of the workforce in the industry. He said the key is to start preparing high school students for careers in technology. Of the 37,000 high schools in the United States, he said that 4310 offers courses in advanced computing. Only five of the 174 in North Dakota offer courses.
That’s why Microsoft allows its employees to spend part of their day teaching in secondary schools in the region through its technological education and literacy program in schools. Matt Evans, an employee of the school Fargo, AP teaches computer class at West Fargo High School for several years.
Smith said Microsoft is grateful to be part of this community. As of Monday, 1,648 employees work on the Fargo campus said. It is more than 230 in July, and is expected to continue growing.
Tuesday’s event also featured speeches by Michael Chambers, CEO of Aldevron; Neil Brackin, President of weather modification; Mukai and Selekwa founder Webblen and winner of the event “Shark Tank” Young Entrepreneurs Academy this spring.
Throughout the Wi-Fi state:
One of the biggest announcements of the event came from Seth Arndorfer CEO Dakota Carrier Network, a broadband service provider, and services related to the Internet.
Arndorfer announced that DCN and its 15 owners companies are now establishing a Wi-Fi network across North Dakota. It is considered the first network to Wi-Fi hotspots in the entire state.
DCN has documented the growth of the Internet since 2003. Arndorfer said it has doubled every 12 to 15 months and continues to do so.
In the future, the Internet is more than the said fiber and connectivity. People do not realize most of their activities while wired to a network.
“Many industries are realizing that mobility is the fabric of everyone’s life and we need to adjust our business models to accommodate that,” he said.