Meeting opportunities at the fair

first_img <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> At the recent Harvard Start-Up Career Fair, first-year M.B.A. student Minh Bui was looking for the next big thing.“I’m looking for a team with a high potential for growth — the next Facebook — but really, a team that I can truly believe in,” Bui said. “Startups are incredibly exciting because there are so many factors that are hard to predict, and there are some really promising companies here.”Bui wasn’t alone. More than 1,000 students and alumni attended the third annual fair at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab), which sponsored the event with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Office of Career Services and Harvard Business School. More than 100 companies were on hand to discuss their organization’s goals, culture, and opportunities — including internships and full-time jobs.Attendance at the event was up 65 percent from last year, indicating to Scott LaChapelle, assistant director of technology platforms and new employer development at the Office of Career Services, that the event resonated for both students and potential employers.“The event’s grown exponentially, and that’s all word-of-mouth,” LaChapelle said. “Harvard students are certainly very tech-savvy, but they also have such strong energy, ideas, and leadership. Our students are very entrepreneurial in nature, and that translates well to what these organizations are looking for.”Deb Carroll, associate director for employer relations and operations for the FAS Office of Career Services, said that the strong response from students spoke to the creative and dynamic nature of startup companies.“Lots of students are interested in working for startup companies because they have a lively, fun, energetic environment, and they’re on the cutting edge of something new,” Carroll said. “We wanted to present a wide range of opportunities for as many different career paths as possible, from marketing to research to computer science.”Companies at the event included the less traditional — fashion and fantasy sports — but still maintained the standbys, such as media and real estate … but with a twist.Alumna Bridget Frey ’99, the vice president of engineering at the real estate company Redfin, said that she was there because Harvard’s entrepreneurial spirit is hardwired into students’ DNA.“We’re growing really fast, and need people who get it and can help us get to the next level,” Frey said. “Harvard’s startup culture is embedded in its computer science programs. We don’t recruit exclusively at Harvard, but we like the program and the training that the students get, and feel like there’s a strong chance that they’ll understand our vision.”Andrei Oprisan, senior developer with the digital commerce company Optaros and a student in the information systems management master’s degree program at the Harvard Extension School, was recruiting engineers, business analysts, and user interface developers.“There’s a lot of great talent,” Oprisan said. “The people are creative, open, analytical, inquisitive, and challenging. That lines up very well with what the companies here are looking for.”Alumni Cristina Hernandez ’09 and Hasan Korre ’09 were there to explore opportunities and build their networks.“When we were undergraduates, there was no i-lab,” Korre said. “But also, back then Harvard focused more on consulting and banking. So these kinds of companies wouldn’t necessarily have been [at a career fair] when we were undergraduates.”Looking around the career fair, Korre said, “You see so many different opportunities. It’s good to start funneling Harvard people into different companies and industries — and the fact that we’re able to attend as alumni is great.”Venmo’s John Graham (left) meets with Jack Schultz, a research assistant at Harvard Business School.“These kinds of companies also don’t recruit the way other companies do,” Hernandez said. “It’s a great way to make connections and network.”Gordon Jones, managing director of the i-lab, said that the event was just another example of how the i-lab helps students take their entrepreneurial ideas as far as they can go.“Small startups look for students who want to be entrepreneurs, if you will, or early joiners, to startups,” Jones said. “That’s a resource that the i-lab fits, and the interest is here: Today’s turnout reflects that. The breadth and depth of what our students can do and the scale of what we can do through the One Harvard approach is an immense resource to students.”As more and more students walked into the career fair, Carroll took a moment to appreciate the teamwork behind the event. “It’s a great collaboration across Harvard offices,” Carroll said. “Many of the organizations here have alumni staff or founders, so … this really feels like a great, full-team, Harvard effort.”Harvard i-lab | Harvard Startup Career Fair 2013 This educational and career-focused event allowed students to network with representatives from entrepreneurial and start-up organizations, learn about jobs and internships, and discover exciting opportunities available in the start-up field. Over 100 participating organizations took part in the fair, and over 1000 students from across all the Harvard schools attended the event.last_img read more

College’s teams place in global math contest

first_imgTwo teams of Saint Mary’s women proved the College has a competitive math department when they were recognized at the “The Mathematical Contest in Modeling,” held by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP). The teams competed from Feb. 18 through Feb. 22 on campus over and submitted their answers online.The results of the international contest were recently announced, and both of the teams representing Saint Mary’s received recognition.The rankings for the competition are Outstanding Winner, Finalist, Meritorious Winner, Honorable Mention, Successful Participant and Unsuccessful Participant, respectively.Senior Mary Zahm and juniors Emily Gore and Ashley Crish were each recognized as a “Meritorious Winner.” Only about 19 percent of teams received this honor this year, Zahm said.She said this was only the third time Saint Mary’s students have been awarded this title since they began competing in this contest. The last time a team received this recognition was in 1998.“Most participants receive a standing of either Successful Participant or Honorable Mention, so to receive the ranking of Meritorious is quite an honor,” Zahm said.Zahm said the contest began when COMAP posted two mathematical questions on its Web site Friday evening, and the teams were given until 8 p.m. the following Monday to send in their answers.“It was largely a team effort,” Zahm said. “One of the main contributions I made was making a trip to the library to pick up some print sources and crunching some of the numbers using our mathematical model. We all helped contribute to the brain work and the writing of the report, and all of our work was done while we were together.”Juniors Meg Griffin and Grace McClurkin and senior Renee Wolbert were designated “Successful Participants.”The students spent the six weeks leading up to the weekend in a course taught by an advisor, Saint Mary’s math professor Bogdan Vajiac.“In this course our advisor, Bogdan Vajiac, reviewed with us various techniques and mathematical topics that might come up in the problems,” Zahm said.Vajiac said he was impressed by his students’ accomplishments.“This competition is international, with more than 2,500 teams participating from all over the world — more than 400 from the U.S.,” Vajiac said. “We are very proud of our students.”Zahm said it was a large effort, but paid off in the end.“It’s a lot of time and effort over one weekend, but I think that I would definitely give it another shot,” Zahm said. “It was certainly rewarding in the end.”last_img read more

Nick Saban might be less tech savvy than Bill Belichick

first_imgNick Saban, in an Instagram Live interview with Maria Taylor, said the one positive of the COVID-19 pandemic is he has an email now.”They were sending them all to Miss Terry, aight. She fired me and said, ‘I’m not dealing with your stuff anymore,’ so I had to do it on my own.”— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) April 8, 2020MORE: The making of Chase YoungNeither Belichick nor Saban have Instagram or Facebook accounts of their own, and they likely never will.If Saban is figuring out email now, then he’s probably decades away from considering social media. Alabama coach Nick Saban might somehow be even more of a technology caveman than Belichick, though. Saban apparently just started using email during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, finally relieving his wife from the longtime burden of correspondence duties.”They were sending them all to Miss Terry, aight,” Saban told ESPN’s Maria Taylor on Wednesday. “She fired me and said, ‘I’m not dealing with your stuff anymore,’ so I had to do it on my own.” There are few coaches with more of an old-school, dead-set focus on football than Bill Belichick.The Patriots coach is known for his distaste and sometimes confusion regarding technology and social media, which has led to a good deal of laughs over the past decade. He famously once asked a reporter if he was on “SnapFace” and has developed a habit of throwing tablets on the sideline during games.last_img read more