Kenzie News Roundup 8/14/20

Kenzie News Roundup 8/14/20

Tech startups are hiring during COVID-19, UX Writers demonstrate how a single word can increase profits, and researchers at MIT and Intel help developers streamline their code. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup. 

The latest scoop on tech hiring

Curious about who’s hiring during COVID-19? We might have some leads for you. Using data from Dice’s Tech Job Report, CRN rounded up the top 50 tech companies that hired during the second quarter of the year. Job seekers can scroll through the list to get a peek into where they should apply and to see if any companies pique their interest. Peep this one on CRN

Choose your words wisely

UX Writers and Designers play a key role in shaping the way we understand the tech we’re using. In this story, a UX Writer details how changing a single word on a button helped up platform usage. This writer’s story is a great example of why UX Designers and Writers need to be thoughtful in selecting the words and designs users interact with. Get the full story on Thinknum

Startups rebound

Good news for job seekers and entrepreneurs—according to recent reports, startups have rebounded from the initial economic blows of the pandemic. Back in March and April, tech startups followed trends of other industries as they faced layoffs and closures. Now, industry startups are straying from general economic trends as companies bring back furloughed staff, draw in profits, and begin hiring again. So if you’re job-hunting or hoping to raise your own little startup baby, you can rest assured opportunities will be knocking. Read more on The New York Times

Designing for all 

Many cities around the world rolled out robot-powered no-contact delivery services during the pandemic. While the tech is creative, innovative, and meeting a unique need during the pandemic, technologists are now asking if it’s accessible. For deaf-blind disability rights lawyer Haben Girma, the robots (and the problems they pose for disabled people) are a great example of why UX Designers and Software Engineers should concern themselves with accessibility early on in the design process. Learn more about how you can use your UX skills to design a more accessible world for all on TechCrunch

Finding your second wind 

Job hunting requires endurance. If you’ve encountered a bout of burnout in your search, it’s time to find your second wind and get motivated. From celebrating the small wins to finding an accountability partner, these tips from Forbes can help you land the job and keep your cool in the process. Get these tips on Forbes

Streamlining your code

Researchers at MIT and Intel are hoping to streamline the coding process for Software Engineers. They’ve created an algorithm which can create algorithms (it’s like “Inception” for coders). According to scientist Ryan Marcus, machine programming could assist Software Developers by making code suggestions and doing mundane tasks like debugging so they can focus on the elements of their jobs that have real-world impact. Learn more at ZDNet

Hot Take of the Week: “The cult of the tech genius”

Why do we put people on pedestals? What would tech look like if we focused on community achievement rather than individual celebrity? Journalist Shira Ovide invites readers to critically examine the ways we turn individuals into “geniuses” in our industry in this hot take. Get this piping hot one on The New York Times

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Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins is the Content Marketer at Kenzie Academy. Before she joined the field of higher education marketing, she worked as a journalist and taught English in the South of France. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading non-fiction works, doing embodiment yoga, or planning her next trip to Paris. You can find more of her work at

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