We Connect the Dots

No: 365: Electrons, hackathons, gadget gifts and yes, America, there is a climate change

  Golden mettle: Congratulations, dear reader – you’ve reached the 50th Friday of 2018 (go ahead and count, if you don’t believe us) and the end of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation. You are to be commended. It’s Dec. 14 out there, and we have plenty of interesting days to choose from – it’s international Monkey Day and, here in the USA, National Salesperson Day. Because it just sounds so badass: But we’re going…


No. 274: Out-of-the-Voxx thinking, a literal lightbulb moment, an Amazonian longshot and making waves in Hauppauge

The end of the tunnel (and lights): Welcome to the blessed end of another work week. Today is Jan. 19 and the 135th anniversary of the first-ever electric lighting system employing overhead wires – Thomas Edison’s novel system started juicing Roselle, NJ, on this date in 1883. Speaking of bright ideas: The neon tube light was patented on this date, by inventor George Claude (1915), and the granddaddy of wordy board games, Scrabble, made its…


Homeland Security coming for Westbury hackers

By GREGORY ZELLER // A multistate hacking effort centered in Westbury has attracted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s attention – and agents are coming. But no arrests are imminent: When Westbury nonprofit We Connect the Dots hosts its Back-To-School Code-a-Thon later this month, it will welcome DHS representatives as partners in an educational data dump for high schoolers on potential cybersecurity careers, including government work. The federal agents are among several tweaks marking the…


We Connect the Dots’ new STREAM of consciousness

By GREGORY ZELLER // After a “year of growth and great progress,” STEAM-powered Westbury nonprofit We Connect the Dots is already gearing up for a big 2018. Founder and Board Chairwoman Laurie Carey notes a 2017 filled with major advances for her five-year-old startup, a science-, mathematics-, engineering-, art- and math-focused 501(c)3 determined to level the technological playing field for underprivileged students. But as progressive as 2017 has been, according to the founder, the industries…


Westbury allies give Charlotte ‘workforce experience’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A professional alliance assembled at LaunchPad Westbury has joined with the Microsoft Corp. on an ambitious “workforce experience” program. Please do not call it an “internship.” This experience, which delivers unprecedented technological and on-the-job training to 18 disadvantaged North Carolina youth, starts in the office of Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, who upon taking her oath in 2015 inherited a longstanding Mayor’s Youth Employment Program. To evolve the three-decade-old summer program, Roberts’ office…


New Westbury connections key for STEAM startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // A STEAM-powered nonprofit determined to help educate the next generation of scientists and engineers is going where the action is. We Connect the Dots Inc. will now promote science, technology, engineering, arts and math education – and host its evolving schedule of pro-innovation networking events – at LaunchPad Westbury. The organization will take a single office large enough to accommodate four volunteer staffers, plus about 200 square feet of storage space,…