SoFi hosts 75 at Helena Member Reception on October 23

SoFi welcomed Alliance members and guests into their newest Helena building, which houses 150 of the company’s 360 engineers. David Thompson, VP of Engineering, led interested members on a tour around the building. This reception marked the Montana High Tech Business Alliance’s first event in Helena.

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Connect: State and national educational leaders discuss K-12 computer science education with Montana execs

Allyson Knox, Senior Director for Education Policy, Microsoft, speaks to Montana tech executives about working with state policymakers to pass clear regulations surrounding computer science standards in public schools. Watch for a comprehensive write-up on the conversation.

Other speakers included Ken Fichtler, Head of Economic Development for the State of Montana; John Paxton, Director, Gianforte School of Computing at Montana State University; Yolanda Reimer, Professor, University of Montana Computer Science, Department and Lead-PI, NSF CS10K Project; Jeff Braun, Associate Professor, Montana Tech Computer Science Department; Shaun Scott, Associate Professor, Carroll College Computer Science Department; and Rob Irizarry, Founder, CodeMontana; Director, Customer Experience Optimization, Oracle.


Promote: Axiom IT Solutions and iResponse give lightning talks about their growing companies

Marc Dousset, CEO of AXIOM IT Solutions in Missoula, said he and his partners started the custom software development company 17 years ago as a way to stay in Montana. AXIOM has developed the software to purchase Montana hunting and fishing licenses, as well as the software that Early Stage Montana winners Superior Traffic Services uses in their traffic management system.

Dousset said AXIOM’s versatile permitting system may soon be used in more industries. Any organization that receives and vets online applications within specific periods of time and specific compliance reviews may be able to utilize AXIOM’s software.


Joel Rosette, Legal Counsel for iResponse, LLC in Box Elder, and Shastelle Swan, Accounting, describe iResponse’s purpose in creation: to provide an accurate, effective, and timely means of Section 106 Consultation.

Rosette said iResponse’s software and consulting helps companies, governmental agencies, and industries across the US and Canada navigate complex mitigation and avoid adverse affects on tribal and ancestral lands.


Accelerate: GOED calls for public comment on state regulations for computer science standards

Ken Fichtler, Chief Business Development Officer for the Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development, called for input from those gathered around the table on draft regulations for minimum computer science standards. Your comments can help guide the development of computer science regulations for statewide education.

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