Get Task & Purpose in your inbox
California-Based Female Vets Interested In Tech Should Not Miss This Event
If you are a woman interested in tech entrepreneurship, then you need to clear your calendar for Aug. 25. Vets-in-Tech will be hosting its first women’s hackathon at the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, California. ViT’s founder, Katherine Webster, says ViT is “very excited to be honoring our women veteran entrepreneurs through this event dedicated to supporting their future tech endeavors.”
The day-long event will bring female veterans and advisors together to develop tech businesses and applications for multiple industries. At the beginning of the day, pre-selected “idea generators” will be given one minute to pitch an idea and then teams will be formed to work on the ideas most likely to be successful. In addition to the development of businesses and apps, a “Lean-In” session will be held at lunch led by Facebook’s diversity recruiting group. There is no confirmation of Sheryl Sandberg’s attendance, but her office is down the hall and it is her book; so fingers crossed for all of the participants. After the Lean-In session, teams will continue work on their ideas before a dinner and presentations by Facebook mentors and venture-capital panelists.
If you are interested, but do not know how to code, do not worry, you should still attend. The teams will need assistance with all aspects of building the business/application idea into something people will want to buy. Even if you think Java is a coffee house, you can still bring other expertise to the team. Everyone involved will gain excellent experience and build a great network of like-minded veterans. You can read the full agenda and register here.
Vets-in-Tech, launched in July 2012, is doing great things for veterans interested in the tech industry. Its focus is on the three E’s of technology: entrepreneurship, education and employment. ViT has chapters in eight cities and is always looking for partners for expansion. In addition to hackathons, the organizations hosts VetCap, which provides veterans information about startup funding options.
For veterans considering employment or education in the tech industry, ViT also offers networking opportunities and advice from advisors working for some of the most well-known tech companies operating today. Though not a veteran herself, ViT-founder Webster has been a great supporter of veterans through founding ViT. I love to tell everyone veterans make great entrepreneurs and employees; however, I’m obviously biased, which is why I am always thrilled to meet civilians who have figured it out and are advocates for veterans. Webster and ViT are doing a great job of spreading the story of veterans’ success in the civilian world and I encourage anyone interested in the tech industry to get involved.
Joshua Holley was an enlisted Marine from 2002 to 2006. After his military service he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University, respectively, and is currently a financial consultant with a Big Four accounting firm.
The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would allow service members to seek compensation when military doctors make mistakes that harm them, but they would still be unable to file medical malpractice lawsuits against the federal government.
On Monday night, Congress announced that it had finalized the NDAA, which must be passed by the House and Senate before going to President Donald Trump. If the president signs the NDAA into law, it would mark the first time in nearly seven decades that U.S. military personnel have had legal recourse to seek payment from the military in cases of medical malpractice.
A major serving at U.S. Army Cyber Command has been charged with distributing child pornography, according to the Justice Department.
Maj. Jason Michael Musgrove, who is based at Fort Gordon, Georgia, has been remanded to the U.S. Marshals service, a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia says.
Navy senior leaders could decide whether or not to approve the new I-Boot 5 early in 2020, said Rob Carroll, director of the uniform matters office at the Chief of Naval Personnel's office.
"The I-Boot 5 is currently wrapping up its actual wear test, its evaluation," Carroll told Task & Purpose on Monday. "We're hoping that within the first quarter of calendar year 2020 that we'll be able to present leadership with the information that they need to make an informed decision."
Oklahoma Congresspeople slam private housing contractor at Tinker Air Force Base for negligence, fraud
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn leveled harsh criticism last week at the contractor accused of negligence and fraudulent activity while operating private housing at Tinker Air Force Base and other military installations.
Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, referred to Balfour Beatty Communities as "notorious." Horn, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told a company executive she was "incredibly disappointed you have failed to live up to your responsibility for taking care of the people that are living in these houses."
The Saudi national who killed three students on a U.S. Naval Air station in Pensacola was in the United States on a training exchange program.
On Sunday, Sen. Rick Scott said the United States should suspend that program, which brings foreign nationals to America for military training, pending a "full review."