President & CEO John Knotwell’s Annual Members Meeting Remarks

04/26/2018
2017 was a year of transition for UTC, yet we still gathered the community together for more than 50 professional development and networking events, put on an enviable and record breaking Hall of Fame Event where we were pleased to hear from global tech giant Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella. Our public policy team achieved 12 […]

Are you Business Equality Leader certified?

04/17/2018
There are several challenges employers face when recruiting new talent to Utah. Potential LGBTQ recruits may question if the Beehive State will truly welcome and embrace them. Equality Utah is the state’s premier LGBTQ advocacy organization. For seventeen years, we’ve been working to secure equal rights and protections for LGBTQ Utahns and their families. In […]

How Two Skyline High Students Saved Their School

04/03/2018
By Paul Rolly This is a previously published article of the Salt Lake Tribune. To read the original article, click here The recent voter approval of a $238 million bond for Granite School District to rebuild some outdated schools and renovate and improve several others came after a hard-fought campaign. But outside of the politics […]

10 Years, 10 Offices at Instructure

03/26/2018
10 Years Ago, Josh Coates, an entrepreneurial founder, had an idea to create a learning management system that was easy to use and created from the ground up to be awesome. Instructure now has more than 3000 learning institutions using their platform. In this, their 10th year of operation (founded in 2008) the company has […]

Computer Science In Every Utah Classroom Becoming A Reality

03/20/2018
Media Statement For Immediate Release: March 15, 2018 Contact: Elizabeth Converse, Director of Strategic Communication Utah Technology Council 801-835-7087 | econverse@utahtech.org Computer Science In Every Utah Classroom Becoming A Reality Salt Lake City – John Knotwell, President and CEO of the Utah Technology Council, was appointed to the State Board of Education’s 2018 Computer Science […]

FY2019 H-1B Visa Petitions: Start Early, Prepare Thoroughly

03/19/2018
In previous years, Utah employers and their foreign professional employees have enjoyed an easier review process for H-1B petitions. Recent trends, however, suggest employers should begin working with counsel earlier than usual and should prepare for enhanced scrutiny from USCIS. Per federal regulations, each fiscal year USCIS makes available only 85,000 H-1B visas. Considering that […]

From Utah’s Classrooms to Utah’s Workforce: Talent Development and Retention

02/16/2018
      We all know how important a talented workforce is to the health of Utah’s businesses and overall economy. With the growth of Silicon Slopes, Utah industries are going to require more and more highly-skilled and highly educated workers in the coming years. Fortunately for us, Utah has a strong and vibrant system […]

Computer Science: Every Classroom, Every Age

01/31/2018
  It was last October that I sat across from Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight and former UTC board member, as he shared his vision for Utah’s educational future. The goal: computer science offered in every classroom at every age. As our economy changes, our education must change as well. Utah needs to invest in […]

Why I will be at Silicon Slopes 2018 Tech Summit

01/08/2018
We’ve all gone to those conferences where, by the end of the first morning, we are questioning why we haven’t already made our way to the hotel pool to avoid one more droning conversation, one more irrelevant presentation or less than dynamic speaker. The lighting is mediocre, the chairs are uncomfortable, and you’ve been staring […]

What the Parity Pledge means to Homie

01/03/2018
We hire who we know, and relationships start with conversations At Homie, we believe in grass roots, transparency, and disrupting ineffective establishments. Having battled an entrenched industry for the past two years, we’ve come to believe that large and successful change efforts start, not with those in power, but with conversations among friends. Change doesn’t […]

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UTC Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Utah Technology Council is proud to announce the 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees Candidates for the Utah Technology Council’s Hall of Fame are heavily vetted by a committee of leading industry professionals. Nominees are judged based on their contributions to the innovation community through disruption, innovation and philanthropy. The 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees […]

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Meets with Utah Tech Leaders

Yesterday, UTC hosted Congresswoman Mia Love and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for a round table discussion with Utah tech leaders on important issues facing our industry. There was no agenda, no pre-submission of topics, and the Chairman answered rapid fire questions on net neutrality, throttling, antitrust, privacy laws, and many more.   Congresswoman Love and […]

Would you want to work at your startup?

You’ve built a fantastic product. But what about the workplace that goes with it? Big players like Uber, GitHub and SheThinx somehow missed that second part (although they did muddle through their nightmares of workplace harassment). Other startups, however, haven’t always been so lucky, even if they didn’t take it to the extreme of these […]