Editor's note: This story was updated 1/12/16 at 11:53 to include application details and a statement from Galvanize Austin.
If you have a good idea or just need a hand up to your next endeavor, you’re in the right city. Austin’s collaborative tech scene is full of individuals and organizations who believe a high tide raises all boats.
Here are two opportunities you can apply for this month.
Never stop improving: Lowe's is looking for their next tech innovation
Lowe’s wants to boost its technical edge through stronger ties to the local community. To that end, the North Carolina-based home improvement retailer is offering $22,000 in prizes to teams who built the best project during a coding competition judged by the company’s own IT pros, including Chief Information Officer Paul Ramsay.
Location: Capital Factory, Austin, Texas
Dates: January 22, (6 p.m. CST) to Jan. 24 (4 p.m. CST). Registration closes January 22 at 7 p.m.
Who should apply: Texas residents over the age of 18.
(701 Brazos Street) is hosting a reception tomorrow at 6 p.m. for mingling, networking and an open discussion on big brand innovation. Register here. Editor's note: This event has been cancelled.
Atlassian sponsors $20k in Galvanize scholarships
have joined a growing group of companies and non-profits taking the issue of diversity in tech head on. When Denver-based Galvanize opens its Austin campus March 1, it will offer scholarships totaling $20,000 to two students from what a blog post
called “underrepresented groups” in Austin and two in San Francisco.
"Galvanize and Atlassian are both on a mission to create more opportunities for women, people of color, and other minorities to enter the tech world as developers, data scientists, and founders," said Jessica Cox, membership development manager at Galvanize in Austin. "And this goal can only be accomplished when large organizations and educational institutions partner together to level the playing field, provide scholarships and support future workers."
The companies haven’t specified how the funds break down.
How to apply: First, you have to apply to a Galvanize course in full stack development, data engineering or data science. Once you’ve applied, you can begin applying for scholarships like the one from Atlassian.
Who should apply: Minority women who are Galvanize students or applicants
Deadline: February 29 for the cohort beginning March 21
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