April 25, 2018 | Mike Rossetti came to the CCT Lounge and shared stories from his business major to programmer journey. Currently an adjunct at the McDonough School of Business, Mike’s experience ranges from a San Francisco start up to fellowships and consulting contracts. CCTers brought questions about data analysis/visualization, what skills are in demand for data handling jobs, and how marketing and programming teams can communicate effectively as partners in organizations. Big takeaways included being excited rather than intimidated by learning new skills, and staying connected to communities doing work you’re interested in.
September 27, 2017 | On today's techtour, @agencychief 's strategist challenged us to think "big picture" so we took a BIG PICTURE. Thank you Chief for your insights on agency life, pushing brands farther, and being BRAVE!
US Patent and Trade Office
October 3, 2017 | October's first techtour to the USPTO showed us American invention "from Concept...to Reality". Staff highlighted opportunities to work in administration, research, and participate as inventors through USAJOBS and USPTO.gov- also pointing out that the archive is available for research appointments to enhance our studies. Many thanks to our guides for lessons on IP law and highlighting the roles we can play in sparking innovation!
October 30, 2017 | Had a great time at NPR headquarters! We learned about NPR's history, mission and dynamic multimedia work. Thank you @NPR and @wanyuohyeah for the best NPR tour! #cctechtour #nprlife
SLATE Magazine and Panoply Podcasting
February 7, 2017 | CCTechTours started 2016 with a bang at the highly relevant, unfake news outlet SLATE Magazine. SLATE, a "general-interest web publication offering analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology, and culture" hosted students in its Dupont office and discussed everything from perspective journalism to social branding across digital platforms to the current surreal media climate ("politics is SLATE's bread and butter!" said one staffer.) News Editor Chad Lorenz and Audience Engagement Editor Evan Mackinder shared insights and took questions about the future of online newsmedia, and skyped in Christy Mirabal from Panoply's New York office to talk podcast partnerships, distribution, advertising, and analytics. CCTers from a broad cross section of interests enjoyed the dynamic presentation from one of the preiminent online news publications.
Smithsonian Latino Center
March 17, 2017 | The tour at the Smithsonian Latino Center was both informative and fun. The Smithsonian Latino Center was created in 1997. It works collaboratively with the Institution's museums and research centers to promote Latino Presence within the Smithsonian.
During the 2 hour tour, our host Ranald Woodaman walked us through the history and the structure of the Center and shared his insights on exhibition and museum design. We discussed the challenges that the Center faces such as how to represent Latino comprehensively and properly, how to tell a linear and complete story in an exhibition when the visitors' path is often jumpy.
Library of Congress
April 11, 2017 | In April CCTechTours took a dive into U.S. history with a visit to the Library of Congress! The Library is a resource for members of Congress, but the materials are open to anyone over the age of sixteen with a photo ID and a valid research purpose. Our host, Congressional Relations Specialist Brian Williams, described the challenges of making immense collections available. We talked about preservation, digitization, and opportunities to use new media strategies to bring these records to life. We toured the Jefferson Building where the group got to stand inside the hallowed Main Reading Room. From there we traveled underground to the Madison Building, and were treated to a sampling of the archives, including a letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a handprint taken from Amelia Earhart, and Thomas Jefferson's hair. CCTers were awed by the materials, and invited to apply their skills to the task of promoting them to the world.
October 3, 2016 | Sometimes the TechTour comes directly to us! On October 3, 2016, Jian Khododad of Sirius XM came to Car Barn to speak to CCTers about his experiences at the American broadcasting company. Jian discussed the different divisions of the company and spoke on how in demand data analytics is today. Jian also touched on his experience being a student and employee at the same time, as he is currently a MBA candidate at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. Our students enjoyed Mr. Khododad's visit, and learned a lot from his insights.
The World Bank
October 24, 2016 | During the 90 minute tour, The World Bank - an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs - offered an amazing perspective on interdisiplinary and international career options. CCT Alum Lois Goh shared the organization's unique history and led an interactive activity illuminating how and why particular countries need financial loans. Ms. Goh explained paths to action and World Bank involvement, including participation in Youth Summits and internship/job opportunities. Students had a lively conversation with the organization whose motto is "Working for a World Free of Poverty," and concluded the tour with lunch at the office's international food court.
October 28, 2016 | Students traveled to neighboring Virginia for an afternoon at TimeLife, Inc., a company famous for producing, marketing and distributing multimedia products. A division of Time Inc., TimeLife manages print magazine, books, music, and video/DVDs, marketing its highly successful box sets celebrating dynamic cultural eras and icons. CCT students engaged with stage in riveting conversation about the emergence of new platforms for distributions, how to sell to specific markets, and how entertainment has adapted with technological innovation. Students also got a first hand look at TimeLife's new cruise venture.
For Spring 2016, CCTechTours organized its first virtual site visit by skyping with Gabriel Dillion, a CCT alum who works for Algolia, a tech start up that helps users deliver intuitive search-as-you-type experiences on their websites and mobile apps.
We met some of Dillion’s colleagues in both the Paris and San Francisco offices. The uniqueness of the set up and his openness to anything that we wanted to learn more about led to conversations on what as employers they look for in applicants. Big pointers included “has an applicant done anything interesting such as made an impactful change in their program or previous job?” and “has the applicant done their research on us? Because we can tell when they haven’t.” They also gave insights on what they have learned while working after graduate school. Dillion recommended that while in school, we should keep a list of the goals we want to accomplish professionally, as well as what kind of work environment we want. Harder than it sounds, but worth it when we graduate! The experience of our first virtual tour went well and we learned a lot about start ups, preparing for graduation, and insight on what employers really look for in applicants. -Tara Jabbari '17
Visits included large corporations like Google, where students conversed with Internet policy specialists, and smaller organizations like Opower and Zoomph, where coding and data-driven approaches powerfully impact brands, consumers, the environment, and society. At Clarabridge, students explored the practical applications of the intersection of communication and technology by learning how text analytics techniques helps to drive better customer experiences. A representative from the Library of Congress' World Digital Library also visited students at Carbarn, where they discussed the sociotechnical impacts of digitizing ancient foreign language texts and the opportunities available to students whose studies align with their work.
SPOTLIGHT: The World Digital Library
The World Digital Library staff spoke to us and showed us what they do: digitizing books, pictures, maps, and many other artifacts from all over the world. They translate each artifact into six languages and publish it on their website. A few weeks later, the team organized a CCTechTour to visit the Library of Congress and the the World Digital Library offices. The history and purpose of the WDL truly combines communication, culture and technology. Staff shared information on jobs and internships. Their work and travels have brought historically conflicted countries together in preserving hundreds of years of script. -Tara Jabbari '17