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Take a moment and picture the craziest sci-fi innovations of the future that your mind can muster. Nanotech? Artificial Intelligence? Drone Delivery? Whatever cool things your imagination concocts, it’s entirely possible that Google is already working on them. For the last five years, the creative techie minds behind your favorite search engine have been plugging away in creating some truly wild, futuristic projects. These innovations are frequently referred to as “Google Moonshots” for their ambitious and forward looking nature.

All of this is spearheaded by Google X, a secretive, high-tech laboratory tasked with building and testing unusual projects ranging from self-driving cars to uncovering what the baseline level for human health is. In some ways, the bold new future frontier seems surprisingly not so far off. Here’s a look at three of the most interesting “moonshot” projects to come out of this ongoing initiative.

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Burning Man: A Hotbed of Tech Innovation

by Modis on August 24, 2015

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Every year, tens of thousands gather in the Nevada desert to form a week-long melting pot of culture, innovation and collaboration. The event begins on the last Monday in August and ends on the first Monday in September. The make-up of the event consists of a sprawling temporary city of tents, rebar, sculpture and makeshift construction. While the Burning Man festival may be a wild event overflowing with the eccentric and the avant-garde, it has also become a hotbed of creative tech innovation and free thinking entrepreneurship. Surprisingly, it’s also an event tech professionals are using to network.

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The July regional employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been released and the IT industry added more jobs than most industries around the country. Month-over-month employment in the tech sector increased in 34 states and 46 states saw year-over-year growth in the industry. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, a sub-sector of the Professional and Business Services industry, experienced a slight increase in the unemployment rate, up from 2.9% last month to 3.1%. However, this number is still well below the national rate of 5.3%.

Outside the tech sector, month-over-month job additions occurred in 34 states. Most notably, all four regions of the United States saw decreases in their unemployment rates from last month.

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In this plugged-in digital age, landing the job of your dreams often hinges on much more than simply handing in a solid resume. Hiring managers looking for the top talent to fill their key roles are just as likely to turn to Google to seek for prime job seekers, as they are to sift through the stack of resumes on their desk. That’s where building your online footprint can make a world of difference! When it comes to scoring amazing job offers and setting yourself apart from other job seekers in a crowded market, it’s essential to obtain an online footprint.

Having a strong, professional presence on the web and social media can spur employers to reach out to you with great job offers. It can also boost your credibility by further establishing your identity as an expert in your given field. To help you get ahead, here are some important tips for expanding your online presence and putting your best foot forward as you get your name out there in the digital world.

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It’s no secret that women in IT are frustrated with the current progress of the tech industry. In fact, in no city do women make up more than 37 percent of the tech workforce and the stats seem to be getting worse as women are leaving their roles in droves.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel and three companies are already paving the way for women in IT. These companies have decided to step up and make a difference to fight the status quo and create a better tech community for all workers.

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Infographic: Labor Day and the Tech Workforce

by Modis on August 13, 2015

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With the end of summer and Labor Day quickly approaching, we decided to revisit a former IG and give it a 2015 tech upgrade. Today, Labor Day may seem all beaches and picnics, but the evolution of the day has deep historical roots. In our infographic below, we explore the events that lead to the holiday and how our workforce has evolved, becoming technologically and IT dependent.

Tech candidates set the pace for the job market, salaries and expectations about total compensation. But to pave the way for this to happen, American workers first had to help set the standard for work-life balance, a notion that eventually lead to the modern Labor Day.

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