Following a joint report from their two entities, Doran Miller, Arizona director of the Western Way and Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, think 2021 has the potential to be an important year for renewables in the state. The pair hope that the report can offer concrete methods to legislative officials following a rapid support for clean energy in the state, including new energy rules that call for decarbonization by 2050.
Despite the challenges we’ve faced, Arizona is still on the rise and can be compared side by side with the most influential and powerful technology hubs across the nation and even the world. There are many technology sectors that will continue to push Arizona’s explosive growth forward in 2021. What follows Steve Zylstra’s emerging technologies expected to impact Arizona’s technology ecosystem in the coming year and beyond.
The reason for Arizona’s growth in EdTech is not only due to our early entry in this sector. It’s also driven by the need for alternative platforms for learning. All our state’s for-profit, nonprofit and community-driven EdTech organizations are capitalizing on the need to support a broader and more diverse audience by harnessing the reach of the internet and technical innovation.
SciTech Institute announces the 2021 Arizona SciTech Festival season begins Jan. 30 and runs through February, marking 10 years of inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) statewide. All ages will enjoy fun and engaging events and activities during this annual celebration while building their STEM knowledge. New for 2021, the popular tradition will feature both in-person and virtual events from a variety of locations. Fifty signature events will be hosted by a variety of organizations whose members have worked to redefine the Festival season through experiences in virtual settings.
What’s the answer to moving people and their freight on an increasing scale? Some of the coming fixes can trace their roots to Arizona. As you’ll see in this issue of TechConnect, moving cargo without a human pilot aboard is just scratching the surface for the future of transportation. Arizona already is part of the solution when it comes to relieving the expected congestion by using the skies and roads in more efficient ways.
Every quarter, the Arizona Technology Council releases the Arizona Technology Industry Impact Report designed to chart the progress of the state’s tech community. The latest version should give all Arizonans reason to be proud of how the industry has continued to grow despite the tumultuous year that 2020 has been.
No doubt many of you have had a front row seat to the importance of technology when it comes to learning. Make that distance learning as our homes have become our classrooms and offices while we adjust to an unprecedented period in our society. Whether your children have Zoomed to connect with their teachers and schoolmates or you have turned to webinars as alternatives to flying somewhere for training in person, we all are getting a taste of the state of education technology.
With a a focus on being a leading education technology services company, Chandler-based Zovio’s vision is to provide a full range supporting two partners: both universities and corporations. Even in the midst of a pandemic, Zovio hired more than 200 employees and is getting close to 500 employees in the area. They fulfill a variety of duties, including learner support, enrollment support and data analytics for marketing.
Online learning has become the new normal, and Arizona EdTech entrepreneurs have responded in kind. They’re showcasing how students, educators and academic institutions are adapting—and even thriving—amid a global pandemic. Arizona’s EdTech companies have pioneered new pathways to learning beyond the traditional classrooms, expanding access to students and families and unlocking technology solutions for educators and institutions.