Tech roundup: Bluprint wins James Beard Award, IBM to tackle homelessness in Denver and more

Written by Jess Ryan
May 5, 2016Updated: April 3, 2024

Bluprint video wins James Beard Award

In a blog post, Denver company Bluprint  (formerly Craftsy) announced one of their videos won a James Beard award. The company makes how-to videos for various crafts like crochet and cooking. Their “Indian Curries” video, by chef Raghavan Iyer, won the award for the Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional category. [Blog post]


IBM to tackle Denver’s homelessness problem

After Denver won IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge program last year, the company has started the process of tackling Denver’s homelessness problem. They plan to use data, interviews and their Watson analytics tool to connect people experiencing homelessness to tools and resources that will help them get off the streets. [IBM will use data, interviews and Watson to reduce Denver homelessness, Denver Post]


CSU works to improve number of women in computer science

Colorado State University’s computer science department was profiled this week for their efforts to increase the number of women in computer science. They have a number of initiatives underway, including offering scholarships, training staff to grade without gender bias, updating their curriculum and reaching out to high school students. The students in CSU’s computer science department are currently 11.3 percent women, and improvement over eight percent in 2011. [CSU troubleshoots lack of women in computer science, Coloradoan]


New startup launches to help families find assisted living

Mimi announced the launch of their Care Match service this week. The Denver startup aims to make it easier for families to find assisted living care by matching them with care homes, independent homes that are smaller than standard assisted living facilities, within 24 hours. [Built In Colorado]


Wayin gets new CEO, acquires EngageSciences

Marketing technology company

announced this week they’ve acquired EngageSciences, a United Kingdom-based interactive marketing platform. Through the acquisition, the company also installed EngageSciences founder and former CEO, Richard Jones, as their new CEO. Though financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, the deal means Wayin’s team essentially doubled in size. [Press Release]


Why Denver’s so great for startups

Free Enterprise featured Denver in their “Silicon Cities” series this week. Among the keys to Denver’s success cited in the piece are the high amount of available talent in Colorado and the proximity to great schools and stunning views. [Nothing rocky about Denver’s entrepreneurial rise, Free Enterprise]


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