More than half of all Americans own a smartphone. The explosion of this technology over the past few years has created a rapidly growing job sector in designing and developing smartphone apps. This week, we launch our series "The Download on New Hampshire's App Economy." looking at how this industry is growing and changing in the state. We begin with an introduction to the world of mobile app development.
NHPR is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Barbara and Dick Couch Fellowship for Innovation. The fellowship was created to develop the next generation of public radio talent and to bring new ideas and perspectives to NHPR. This six month fellowship focusing on show production and digital media is based at NHPR’s broadcast center in Concord, New Hampshire. Fellows will gain hands-on experience working on The Exchange, NHPR’s flagship public affairs program and exposure to a wide range of activities at the station. Responsibilities will include: generating and r
If you’ve ever felt like customer support from a call center is a hopeless case, there are now statistics to back that up. Forbesrecently reported that fifty percent of calls that go through call centers go unresolved. IBM hopes to change that by putting their new star employee on the job - a super-computer named Watson. You remember Watson, right?
A recent study from Northeastern University reveals a crippling catch- 22 for the long-term unemployed. Matthew O’Brien is an associate editor at The Atlantic who recently took a look at the date and wrote about the gloomy prospects for people who’ve been too long without work.
The International Labor Organization – or ILO -- announced last week that global unemployment has dipped to its lowest level since December 2008. However, the numbers don’t look nearly as promising for young people. An estimated 75 million people in the 15-to-24 range will be unemployed this year. The ILO warns that if these trends continue, a generation will be scarred by economic disadvantage. Mona Mourshed is Education Director for the McKinsey Center for Government , which is studying youth unemployment. Mona is co-author of the McKinsey report: “Education to Employment: Designing a System That Works.”
I was so inspired by today's segment on Micro-tasking and the practice of doing mind numbing work over the internet for pennies, I thought I would interview the Word of Mouth team to see which of their worst jobs could go head to head with being an Amazon Mechanical Turk. It's a little game I like to call: Which One's Worse?
So without further ado, here's what I found out my colleagues used to do before they found their groove in public radio:
Every day, the internet is inundated with more information, and more data to be to be categorized, organized, scrubbed, and filed away in a timely manner. Millions of miniscule tasks need to be performed each day to keep things running smoothly. Computers can do some of this mind-numbing work; other tasks are done piecemeal by hundreds of thousands of people for almost no money; Amazon Mechanical Turk is a marketplace for this kind of work. Ellen Cushing is staff writer for The East Bay Express, she wrote about the work called “micro-tasking,” which pays a pittance, drawing comparisons to working in a sweatshop.
Earlier this month, “Disney on Ice” glided into Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena with a parade of princesses, Peter Pans, and talking mice on skates. We sent Word of Mouth producer Zach Nugent to meet a cast member with New Hampshire roots. Zach arrived a few hours before the show and managed to get in a little bit of ice time.
Some employers are willing to try anything to incentivize employees to work harder and increase productivity. But what exactly are employees looking for in a job these days, aside from the pay? Business NH Magazine's annual competition identifies the top ten best New Hampshire companies to work for and what makes them so great. Matthew Mowry is editor for Business NH Magazine and he joins us to talk about who came out on top.
Higher Education officials and Business leaders gathered for a forum today on how to increase the number of New Hampshire STEM graduates – that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But while it was Community Colleges and Universities talking about the issue today, the lack of interest in STEM is a problem at every level of the American education system.
Are you better off now than you were four years ago? StateImpact New Hampshire looks at key economic indicators to understand how Granite Staters are doing. And it's not the same for everyone. If you're a business consultant, construction worker, nurse or public servant -- come see how you fit into the puzzle, and share your thoughts -- at StateImpact New Hampshire.
We kick off our “Issue of the Week” series with where the candidates stand on job creation. It’s the number one talking point of this political season, with contenders for Governor, Congress and President offering up an array of solutions for getting Americans back to work. We’ll compare their different plans, what the campaigns are saying and how it’s playing with voters.
Ross Gittell - New England Economic Project Forecast Manager and Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire.