5 Things We’re Reading This Week: August 19

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Weekends are the perfect time to step away from the desk—standing or otherwise—and catch up on time spent with friends, family and all of the articles you bookmarked this week but didn’t have time to read.

photo courtesy of Fast Company

We’re here to add to that list. Dive into five pieces, locally-focused and not, that we’re reading this week:

Access Update:

‘Wireless fiber’ Could Give us Gigabit Internet Speeds with No Cables at All
The Washington Post 
Internet providers are looking for faster wireless Internet access solutions as we all switch from stationary computers to mobile devices. ‘Wireless fiber’ is an option that will allow more access a lower cost.

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Murmuration Spotlight:

Predictive Analytics, Crop Yields and Seeds
two of Monsanto’s top engineers, Naghman Waheed and Troy Crites, two of Monstanto’s top engineers will be speaking on “Big Data – Predictive Analytics” at Murmuration Festival next month. Cortex spoke with them for a preview.
Check it out here

Loans for Coding:

Can’t Afford Coding Camp? The Feds Might Have a Loan for You 
A Department of Education program called the Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships plans to offer federal student aid to students looking to enroll in non-traditional skill-training institutions and coding bootcamps.  Eight educational programs are included in the pilot program including nclude bootcamps like The Flatiron School, as well as n training programs from corporate entities like General Electric.
Check it out here

Product Proof:

How Kickstarter Is Tackling Its Vaporware Problem With UI
Fast Company
When a startup is acquired by a larger company, changes are bound to happen and leadership at the startup needs to be prepared. Fast Company speaks with founders who have experienced this first hand. 
Check it out here

Women Supporting Women :

The Women Changing The Face Of AI

Fast Company
Women in Machine Learning is a decade-old network for a female computer scientists The growing program, a respected organization and support system for women in AI, had to close registration early this year because they’d reached capacity for the venue.
Check it out here

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Mary writes for EQ and previously contributed to ALIVE Magazine and worked in the digital marketing field as an account manager. A central Illinois native, she got her news-editorial journalism degree from the University of Illinois and then moved to St. Louis so she wouldn’t have to be around as many Cubs fans. Then she married one.