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As of May 27th, 2022, NEW Digital Alliance is under the direction of new leadership with the resignation of Director, Kim Iversen. Iversen would like to thank you for your trust, patronage, and support in the NEW Digital Alliance’s efforts to solve the digital and IT talent gap in Northeast Wisconsin over the last five years. Her position as Director has not yet been filled. If you have comments or questions, please email NEW Digital Alliance at info@newdigitalalliance.org. Thank you!


October in Tech History:

Technology plays a huge role — the biggest role, in fact — in our everyday lives. It helps us do our jobs, it helps us get to where we need to go, and it keeps us healthy. It’s so engrained in us that we don’t often take the time to acknowledge everything technology allows us to do. 

The history of technology in October sees the dawn of the age of the personal automobile, the unintended beginnings of video gaming, the release of the classic MP3 player that changed everything, and even the formal definition of the internet. Let us take a look back at some significant dates in technology history for the month of October. Read on for all the details.

October 1, 1908: Ford Model T Goes On SaleFord Model T Photos: See Vintage Images of the Classic Car | Time

Today, it’s hard to imagine a world without personal vehicles. But, at the start of the 20th century, most people still got around by foot, horse, boat, buggy, or train. And even though manufacturers had been producing automobiles since the 1880s, and Ford itself had been making them since 1903, the Ford Model T was the first personal motorcar to be affordable to middle-class Americans.

With over 15 million cars produced between 1908 and 1927, the Model T was an immense commercial success. It also normalized the concept of a personal-use vehicle for regular people. It was the most-sold car in history until 1972, when the German-made Volkswagen Beetle eclipsed it. In 1999 the Model T won the Car of the Century award by the Global Automotive Elections Foundation.

October 18, 1958: World’s First Video GameTennis for Two - Wikipedia

When William Higinbotham designed Tennis for Two, he didn’t know he was making the world’s first video game. Higinbotham intended to entertain the attendees of the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s annual public exhibition. Most exhibition items were for scientific instruments like a pulse height analyzer and electronic counters. Higinbotham later said he wanted to “liven up the place” with a game for people to play. The game consisted of a simple horizontal line representing the tennis court with a vertical line in the center for the net. The ball would be paddled back and forth between the players, using the controller’s knob to angle the shot and the button to hit the ball.

Tennis for Two was a smash hit at the exhibition, particularly on the day designated for high school students. The line to play the first video game reached into the hundreds. It was so popular that the laboratory upgraded Tennis for Two for the following year’s exhibition. The game received a larger screen, and simulations that incorporated the gravity of the Moon and Jupiter were added.

October 1, 1982: Sony Releases First CD PlayerSony CDP-101 - Wikipedia

Optical media may seem like retro tech today, but in the early ’80s, it was cutting-edge stuff. When Sony released the first CD player, the Sony CDP-101, in 1982, no CDs existed to play on it. The same day, Billy Joel’s album 52nd Street was reissued on compact disc, making it the first commercially released music album in that format.

Adoption of the new technology was slow at first. But by 1988, CDs were outselling vinyl records, and by 1991 had eclipsed cassette tape sales. The CD format would remain the top format for music consumption until 2005 when the iPod and the iTunes Music Store dethroned it.

October 12, 1988: Steve Jobs Introduces NeXT ComputerNeXT computer

When Steve Jobs resigned from Apple in 1985, he didn’t waste any time before establishing a new computer company: NeXT. With funding from the future U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot, Jobs led the development of the NeXT Computer, a high-end workstation aimed at the higher-education market. In his typical fashion, Jobs made the launch of the NeXT Computer a multimedia event.

However, the NeXT Introduction served not only as a launching pad for a new computer but also as a triumphal re-entry onto the public stage for Jobs. The NeXT Computer never achieved the enormous sales numbers as Job’s crowning achievement, the Macintosh. This is likely due to its astronomical price tag of $6,500–the equivalent of $14,000 in 2021. But it did serve several critical roles; the NeXT machine was used as the world’s first web server at CERN.

October 8, 1992: Apple Settles Second Lawsuit with ‘The Beatles’

10 classic Beatles songs that are hiding mistakesThroughout its history, Apple has been involved in many high-profile lawsuits. One of its long-standing legal adversaries was Apple Corps, the holding company formed by The Beatles. In 1978 Apple Corps filed suit against the computer company for trademark infringement. The companies settled out of court in 1981, with Apple Computer agreeing not to enter into the music business, and Apple Records (Apple Corps music division) would stay out of the computer market.

However, the truce didn’t last long. In 1986, Apple Computer built a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and audio-recording components into their Mac computer line. According to Apple Corps, this violated the 1981 agreement and sued Apple Computer again in 1989. The companies settled out of court again in October 1991, with Apple Computer paying Apple Corps 26.5 million dollars and promising never to sell or distribute physical musical media.

October 24, 1995: ‘Internet’ DefinedHistory of the Internet | History of ThingsHistory of Things

According to the resolution, “Internet” refers to the global information system that:

(i) is logically linked together by a globally unique address space based on the Internet Protocol (IP) or its subsequent extensions/follow-ons;

(ii) is able to support communications using the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) suite or its subsequent extensions/follow-ons, and/or other IP-compatible protocols; and

(iii) provides, uses or makes accessible, either publicly or privately, high level services layered on the communications and related infrastructure described herein.”

In the days of the early internet, the United States government had to cope with multiple world-changing technologies springing up at once. Several federal agencies, including Defense Department, Energy Department, National Science Foundation, and NASA, informally established the Federal Networking Council as a forum for network collaborations, and to help the agencies meet their research, education, and operational mission goals. The internet definition was the Federal Networking Council’s only claim to fame.

October 23, 2001: iPod ReleasedHere's how much an original iPod would cost you

MP3 players had been a common part of the digital landscape for years before Apple announced the iPod in 2001.When Steve Jobs announced the iPod at a special Apple event in October 2001, it revolutionized how the world consumed music. The company sold 125,000 units of the MP3 player by the end of the year. It took two years for the company to ship a million iPods. But growth was exponential after that. By 2007 Apple sold more than 100 million iPods. Of course, after the introduction of the iPhone, iPod sales began to dwindle because people didn’t need a separate MP3 player and a smartphone. Nevertheless, the line continued on as the iPod touch until 2022.

October 2, 2007: Google opened its San Francisco office

After 4 existing offices in India, Google to open a new office in Pune -  Merazone.comOn this day in 2007, Google opened its San Francisco office.  Many of the employees in the were commuting daily from homes in the San Francisco area to the headquarters in Mountain View, CA.  A Google spokeswoman said: “We’re always looking at where people want to live; where people want to work, and the footprint on the environment…This will alleviate the commutes for some people.”

October 21, 2015: Back to the Future Day

October 21, 2015 is “Back to the Future Day.” It’s the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to the future in their time machine, the DeLorean, in Stephen Spielberg’s “Back To The Future: Part II.”

Back to the Future Part II (1989) | MUBIThe date was carefully chosen for one simple reason: It was a day, theoretically, the Chicago Cubs could win the World Series. In the movie, Marty McFly notices while time traveling that the Cubs finally win the world series in 2015, and buys a sports almanac so his younger self can make bets and get rich when he returns from the future. But his nemesis, Biff, gets his hands on the almanac and gets rich instead. “The Cubs winning the World Series was the most absurd thing we could think of [for someone to bet on],” the movie’s producer and screenwriter Bob Gale tells The Wall Street Journal’s Mike Ayers. If the Cubs were going to win the World Series, what date would that be on? In 1988, when we wrote this, there was only one set of playoffs, not two. If the World Series was going on and the Cubs were going to sweep the World Series, it could’ve happened on October 21. That’s how we arrived on that day.

Regional News

Save the Date: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Upcoming Events

Save the date:  NWTC Hour of Code will be Saturday, November 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Looking for volunteers to help at all campus locations: Green Bay, Shawano, Marinette, Sturgeon Bay

The event is open to all ages from little to big to learn how to code.  Many prizes and giveaways.  Registration will open soon.


Mark your calendar – Everyone welcome:  NWTC Digital Arts Showcase – Thursday, December 8 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. on the NWTC Green Bay campus in the College of Business by door #4. 

Map: https://www.nwtc.edu/NWTC/media/About-Us/Locations/GreenBay/nwtc-green-bay-map.pdf

Graphic and Design Technology, Digital Media Technology, Photography, Web Design, and Culinary students preparing to graduate in December will showcase their portfolios at this in-person event.

Calling all Educators, Business Leaders, and other STEM Advocates!

The 19th Annual sySTEMnow Conference is on October 26 in Milwaukee. This year the theme is STEM for All; Partnering for Greater Inclusion. This conference has become a cornerstone of STEM-related awareness in Wisconsin by creating a forum for a timely discussion of STEM issues and ideas, exchanging best practices from existing STEM programs, and developing, promoting, and implementing education-workforce partnerships.

The conference features two keynote speakers: Alex Kotran, Chief Executive Officer for the AI Education Project, a non-profit that creates equitable learning experiences that excite and empower students with Artificial Intelligence (AI) literacy, and Laurie Rosatone, Division Director, Curriculum, Digital Media, and Communications at the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). The day also includes 11 breakout sessions and lunch. You won’t want to miss out on this event! 

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Amplify Oshkosh October Ideas Amplified

Join us on Thursday, October 13th from 5:00-7:00PM at Game Time Sports Bar in Oshkosh and learn more about protecting your data when technology becomes obsolete with Regional Account Manager at Sadoff E-Recycling and Data Destruction Janek Cieszynski.

“Managing End of Life Electronics for a Sustainable and Data Secure Future“

Let’s amplify these ideas:

  • What happens to your electronics when properly processed/ recycled to enhance sustainability.
  • What happens to data, is it part of your plan for security- how is this material properly handled.
  • What is the difference between a Recycler and a Collector- what are the Certifications, and how do they matter for your considerations as you look to rid yourself of aging/ obsolete equipment.

Only $10 Registration for this Ideas Amplified Event!

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NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

NCWIT – Wisconsin Affiliate The Wisconsin Affiliate of NCWIT is excited to share that the application periods are open for the Award for Aspirations in Computing that honors 9-12th grade women, genderqueer or non-binary students for their computing-related achievements & interests through Oct. 27th and for the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award that identifies exemplary formal and informal educators who play a pivotal role in in encouraging 9-12th grade women, genderqueer or non-binary students to explore their interests in computing and technology through Dec. 1st.

New this year!  We are hosting a free virtual Q&A webinar on Oct. 12th at 7:30pm with our NCWIT-WI team who will be available to answer questions you may have about the essays, selection, or NCWIT in general. Those interested in attending, please register here. To apply or to learn more about NCWIT, visit our website at www.ncwit-wi.org

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Moraine Park Offers New IT Applications Specialist Program

This fall, Moraine Park is offering a new Information Technology (IT) associate of applied science degree program specializing in applications support. The IT Applications Support Specialist program is one of the many IT programs offered at Moraine Park.

“The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in information technology occupations will grow much faster than the average for all occupations from 2021-31 due to growth and replacement needs,” Bobbi Fields, Moraine Park dean of applied technology and trades, said. “This is not just a national trend, but also a trend that we observe in our state and across the Moraine Park district.”

Students in the program will obtain education and training on multiple business applications including Microsoft and Office 365 Administrator; and will be prepared to provide end-user training and support. The college partners with Microsoft to provide students free access to preparation materials and testing for the credentials.

“Regardless of industry, employers are looking for people with strong skills in different office applications,” Deb Clarke, Moraine Park associate dean of business and IT, said. “Students in this program will learn a variety of entry-level technology skills and prepare for Microsoft credentials that district employers are looking for in employees.”

Graduates of the program can leverage entry-level support positions within a variety of industries to master their software support skills and explore opportunities to further focus their IT interests. Some occupations include computer specialist, computer technician, desktop support technician, help desk analyst, technical support specialist and more.

“What makes this program truly unique is that we offer many of the courses through our dual credit program,” Bobbi Fields, Moraine Park dean of applied technology and trades, said. “The Office Software Specialist embedded certificate is designed to provide a pathway for entrance into the IT Application Support Specialist program and gives high school students an opportunity to get a jump-start on college and their future IT careers at no cost.”

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How SEDD is Building a Successful Future with E-Recycling

Last year, global e-waste production ballooned to 57.4 million metric tons—outweighing the heaviest artificial object on Earth, the Great Wall of China.

With e-waste accumulating in greater numbers each year, Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction understands and shares your concerns for the future. Our hope and optimism for mitigating the e-waste crisis is what drives us every single day.

Our actions continually expand to address the e-waste emergency threatening the planet’s future, including the following present tactics.

Understanding the E-Waste Emergency

We’re all aware the planet didn’t simply go from producing zero e-waste, to producing the present massive quantity. For those who suddenly become aware of this crisis, the amount of e-waste produced annually can be staggering. At Sadoff, we’ve come to appreciate that in order to fathom this problem, let alone begin to solve it, we must understand and educate how and why we’ve arrived at our current situation.

As with so many technological advents, a dazzling new invention precedes unforeseen consequences; many innovations appear at first to be perfect before they’re determined disastrous, such as adding lead to paint and gasoline. With so many technological advances following the Industrial Revolution, electronic devices have added incalculable benefits to humanity, from convenience and entertainment to vital communication advances and life-saving healthcare technology.

It’s little wonder how these benefits allowed the global populace to produce ever more electronic devices without considering the detriments. But as we’ve come to recognize the gravity of the threats facing the planet due to e-waste, we recognize the solutions start with raising awareness.

Teaching Which Electronics Can Be Recycled

Armed with awareness of e-waste, most people are eager to embrace e-recycling. However, not all electronics are recycled in the same manner, and many consumers require guidance as to which electronics are recyclable.

Part of our efforts to educate consumers about e-waste—while encouraging e-recycling and making it more convenient—is to help companies implement in-house e-recycling programs complete with on-site e-waste collection bins.

Explaining Benefits of E-Recycling Beyond the Environment

  • Prevent Data Breaches: Improper disposal of electronics can really hit home when companies recognize they’re unnecessarily risking data breach (even when they think they’re safe).
  • Profit from Old Electronics and IT Equipment: The same goes for companies that learn they could make money from e-recycling; it’s always shocking to companies to find out they’re literally throwing away profits.

Read the full blog post here to learn more about Sadoff’s Internal E-Waste Improvements and E-Recycling for a Better Future.

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