How do we maintain and grow a vibrant tech workforce in Massachusetts? More than 500 tech leaders gathered in Boston to explore the answers to this question at the 2013 MassTLC Annual Meeting in March. The meeting focused on initiatives and strategies for educating, attracting and engaging talent in the region.
The day began with MassTLC President and CEO, Tom Hopcroft, who emphasized MassTLC's purpose as the region's leading tech association: to accelerate innovation by providing member companies with the connections, knowledge and visibility needed to help them get where they are going, faster.
Next, Governer Deval Patrick, took the stage, along withScott Kirsner of The Boston Globe, for a "fireside chat" covering proposed tax plans, workforce and education. Watch the interview below.
The Governor also welcomed questions from the audience, including one from educator Kelly Powers, the computer science department chairwoman at the Advanced Math and Science Academy in Marlboro, who asked Patrick if he would support having computer science as a core course. Watch the full Governor Patrick Q&A session here.
Next, Robert Kraft, CEO, The Kraft Group and Owner of the New England Patriots, joined PwC Partner and long-time MassTLC supporter, Dean Petracca, in a fireside chat on how he builds teams, his top criteria for hiring (integrity and work ethic first, brains last) and a humorous story involving President Vladimir Putin and the case of a missing Super Bowl ring. Kraft encouraged those starting companies or those with big ideas to ignore the naysayers and stay on track. Watch his interview below.