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Grand Rapids is connecting to the environment, one sensor at a time

If you've ever wondered what's in the air you're breathing, you'll soon have an answer. An open data air quality monitoring project is in the works thanks to partners like OST, the Seamless Consortium, and the City of Grand Rapids.

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Problem solving with real-time data: GR on the road to become a Smart City

When cities launch initiatives to take advantage of that data and that technology, they are considered Smart Cities and Smart Cities are poised to solve big problems. Find out why Grand Rapids is primed to become a Smart City and what that can mean for the city and its residents in the first a two-part feature about Smart Cities.

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UIX: Empathy is essential to good design and modern technology

It was once rare that the fields of architecture, and more-so, digital architecture, and human emotion overlapped. But the intersection is crucial not only to the basis of good software, however, it's the foundation of good software companies. 

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From virtual reality to online libraries, how technology is revolutionizing education in GR

As classrooms throughout West Michigan are teaching us, technology isn't just preparing our children for tomorrow. It's inspiring them to look at the world differently today, and Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Valley State University are connecting students with the technology that's reshaping our education field—and our whole world.

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Saving the lives of the future: Grand Rapids plays starring role in national health care

To say the healthcare industry is in flux is an understatement. As the field evolves, however, one thing is certain: by continuing to implement new and improve existing technologies, Grand Rapids is at the forefront of innovation in health care.

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Gateway to creation: GR's Maker Movement gives space & tools to bring inventors' ideas to life

For independent inventors, it can be difficult accessing the necessary space and tools to make their ideas become a reality. Here in Grand Rapids, however, older and newer groups alike are providing 'makerspaces' for these individuals throughout the city, and GR is increasingly proving to be fertile ground for our city's inventors, designers and tinkerers.

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UIX: Ladies That UX rallies women at the forefront of design and technology in West Michigan

Women are overwhelmingly outnumbered by men in the computing workforce. To foster support in a world that can often feel isolating, local female design leaders from companies like Visualhero, Atomic Object, Amway, and Infor are banding together as part of a group called Ladies That UX. 

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Lazy is the new smart: How millennial entrepreneurs are shaping a generation

Millennials are the nation's largest living generation, and despite their bad rap, the 'millipreneurs' of Grand Rapids are shattering the ever-popular stereotype of the lazy and entitled millennial.

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Wizards of the digital age: West Michigan tech leaders change the world with the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is pushing the boundaries of technology, and West Michigan leaders have keen insights on a frontier that is revolutionizing the way the world interacts.

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Beyond the Mitten: West Michigan companies making waves around the globe

When it comes to products changing the state, country and world, West Michigan should not be overlooked. This area is a hub for an incredibly diverse group of companies that have their sights set on success, and their efforts are making the globe more environmentally friendly, a better place for those battling mental health issues, increasingly delicious, and an all-around more interesting place to be.

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Making it in GR: Despite gains for entrepreneurs of color, inclusiveness remains a work in progress

Even though minority-owned businesses in Grand Rapids have grown in number in recent years and organizations like Spring GR have arrived on the scene to support startups in underserved communities, entrepreneurs of color continue to face distinct challenges and longer odds, especially in the capital-intensive high-tech sector.

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UIX Blog: Finding us on the map(s)

We discuss maps and ways to categorize data so much on this blog, it's only reasonable that we ask ourselves where we fit on that map. But even before that question is answered, what map should we use?

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UIX: Bryant Zimmerman pairs global expertise with community education

For Bryant Zimmerman, part of running a global communications company means being passionate about local education.

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Successful entrepreneurs help grow the next generation of startups with Emerge Mentor Connect

Emerge Mentor Connect is a new program from Emerge West Michigan that aims to connect local entrepreneurs with business leaders who’ve been through the startup process and know what it takes to succeed.

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Rapid Blog: In a changing Grand Rapids, a call for more women in our city's tech scene

Becky VandenBout, a BitCamp instructor and advisory board member and front end web developer at Appropos, tells Rapid Growth about her hopes for the new year, including the need for more women in Grand Rapids' tech scene.
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