What ADA Compliance for your website has to do with Search Engine results

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, many websites must now be built according to specifications that allow for equitable access to content.

For users who live with disabilities these accommodations increase access to information and improves quality of life online. For web developers, compliance increases the relevancy and expertise of websites, which raises their standing for search engine result pages (SERP’s).

High SERP ranking is the gold standard that all developers shoot for so this is course is a must have. The course will provide a solid orientation to Website Content Accessibility compliance.

In a 3-hr discussion the class will cover:

Understanding the problem both for users and businesses:
  • How disabilities impact a person’s ability to navigate the Internet?
  • Which types of businesses need to consider accessibility compliance for their website?
  • What are the potential consequences of ignoring accessibility compliance?
  • A brief examination of some example website accessibility problems and solutions
  • Why website content accessibility compliance cannot be solved by simply installing a plugin or running a utility
Understanding the solution:
  • Website Content Accessibility assessment
  • Considerations for choosing a website platform for a new website or a website rebuild
  • Where SEO and website content accessibility overlap
  • Strategies for ensuring the accessibility compliance of your business’ website in the short and long-term

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    This course provides introductory information only and
    should not be considered a substitute for legal advice.

    To register for the class, click the button below

    This course will be done remotely.

    Who Is This Course For? 

    • Non-for-profit organizations. ADA compliance is mandated as the new standard requirements
    • Business owners who want their websites preformed and SEO optimized
    • Web developers who want to build highly effective websites
    What Will You Learn? 
    • Accessibility compliance requirements and concepts
    • Website Content Accessibility assessment
    • Why it cannot be solved by simply installing a plugin
    • Why Should Digital Marketers Care About Accessibility?

    Mentor: Shannah White

    Shannah is an active Website Developer supporting local businesses in the Hudson Valley from local professionals and craftsmen to web agencies and mid-size businesses. She began her journey into World Wide Web technologies in 1998. She is well-versed in HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, and Photoshop. Drupal is her fave Content Management System, but she also has experience in WordPress, Zen Cart, Shopify, and Squarespace. She has written a custom ecommerce CMS from scratch, and maintains other custom CMSs for some of her client base.

    This course is also part of OpenHub’s professional Fast Track Website Development Bootcamp. To learn more about the bootcamp, follow this link.

    Starting Jan 2020 – Hudson Valley’s gold standard WebDev Bootcamp offered Online!

    Four years ago, OpenHub launched the Hudson Valley’s first Web Development Bootcamp and to this day it remains the gold standard for bootcamps in the Hudson Valley. As we celebrate 4 years of graduates, we add to the celebration with our announcement of our moving to full-time online learning.

    Based on our research we have developed a local student profile that is our north star to meet the needs of our enrollees. Learning from our former students and graduates we created a curriculum that is immediately useful. 

    Many enrolees who were freelancers and junior developers complained of ‘being lost’ and needing support. We have had students who overcame their struggles with learning everything from PHP and child-themes for WordPress to others that needed a more holistic and full-stack understanding of WAMP/MAMP frameworks.

    But what continues to make the difference is OpenHub’s large network of tech-professional community members. OpenHub’s community of ‘techies’ provide support, connections, and tips to get ahead. As a community building project, OpenHub supports collaboration and mutual support for ongoing learning to continually build resiliency, improve your skill base, and grow expertise. 

    What We Learned:
    Our physical location had some limits!

    Until now, we ran our programming successfully at Suny Ulster.

    However, we found the location actually set some limits that online learning removed:

    1. Every student now has a first-row seat
    2. Zoom Replay of class serves as a vital review to class and to practice skills
    3. Students can share their screen to problem solve and the entire class can help
    4. As the entire class coaches or create solutions to problems, confidence grows
    5. With chat, questions are asked, solutions posted, and resources shared
    6. Access issues of mobility and location were eased

    OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Development Bootcamp curriculum and relationships continue to focus on the Hudson Valley. We are laser-focused on essential, in-demand skills and industry best practices. The curriculum continually evolves and updates to keep current to the demands of today’s job market needs.

    New Session Beginning This Fall

    Taking all we have learned and moving forward, OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Development Bootcamp will be held 100% online.

    Our next successful session begins January 2020.
    To learn more or sign up please fill out the form below.

      The curriculum consists of comprehensive courses providing a solid foundation in website development and business skills. Expect to graduate with a truly relevant and effective strategy to starting your own business as a web developer or obtaining the skills to get a professional position in an existing business.

      Use our network of 3,000 tech-professionals here in the Hudson Valley to promote your self and network your way toward your next goal!


      OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Devlopment Bootcamp will only be held online this session and outside SUNY’s system.
      (Do NOT apply through the SUNY Ulster Office of Continuing and Professional Education)

      The Secret Sauce

      You are not in this alone. Joining OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Development Bootcamp means you are joining a community of colleagues and experts who are available for support during training and beyond. 

      OpenHub is Hudson Valley’s technology hub with a wide reach to network for support, internships and job advancement.

      OpenHub builds local opportunities and relationships toward a thriving and inclusive tech-driven Hudson Valley.

      No prior experience is necessary to sign up.

      Courses are equally beneficial whether you are a beginner or someone who is looking to sharpen existing expertise. Many beginners elect to take advantage of office hours and OpenHub’s ‘2nd go-around’ offer.

      Beginners are encouraged to repeat any module they self-elect to repeat while acquiring real world skills, learning additional topics, and best practices. These ‘2nd go-around’ students become mentors to the newer students further cementing their mastery while encouraging newcomers.

      All our instructors are local, experienced professionals in the field of website development and technology, and are passionately involved in growing the local tech community. Graduates are encouraged to integrate into the local Hudson Valley tech community as ‘emerging tech-talent’ by joining our ongoing Meetups and networking opportunities.

      Fast Track Web Development Bootcamp Courses:

      To learn more or sign up please fill out the form below.

        Course Descriptions:

        ADA Compliance for Website: Why is it Important for Your Business?

        In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, many websites must now be built according to specifications that allow equal access to content for users who live with disabilities that alter how they navigate the World Wide Web. This also affects search engines and which websites will be selected in the top ranking positions when searched. This course provides an orientation to Website Content Accessibility compliance and how to optimize the websites you develop. 

        Website Planning: Objectives, Information Architecture, UX
        FORM FOR MORE INFO MISSING ON LINK

        Business Objectives, User Experience and Information Architecture. 

        This course will teach how to define and distinguish Business Objectives from Website Goals, User Case from User Story and Wireframes from Information Architecture. In this course, students learn how to define and plan their website for the optimal conversion to business goals. 

        This course covers: Conversions and Call to Actions, Content structure, website building blocks, Information Architecture, User-centric Web Development, User Case, User Story and User Journey. Why and when you need to set up your Online marketing strategy, what is the difference between mockups and wireframes, where to start with your process and how to improve it.

        Website Development I: Website Construction Principles HTML5 & CSS FORM FOR MORE INFO MISSING ON LINK

        Students are provided with a hands-on introduction to the universal architecture of the web. This course covers website construction with HTML5 and CSS, file structure and hierarchy, design and usability concepts, accessibility-conscious coding, and website hosting and administration. Students will learn website development fundamentals hands-on by building a simple, professional-class website in class. 

        Website Development II: Multi-Page Websites, CSS Strategies
        FORM FOR MORE INFO MISSING ON LINK

        Students will extend their knowledge of HTML5 & CSS in building multi-page websites. Students will explore CSS strategies for managing multi-column layout, responsive design principles, and how to code a website from a design mockup. The course will also cover CSS drop-down menus, tables, forms, and embedded media. 

        Website Development III: Building Blocks of Dynamic Websites
        FORM FOR MORE INFO MISSING ON LINK

        Students will discover the power of dynamic website coding with an introductory examination of PHP and MySQL. In this course, students will implement basic dynamic functions with PHP and will hand-code a simple PHP-MySQL application to produce a dynamically-generated blog page. Students will examine similarities between their application and open source Content Management Systems like WordPress and use what they learned to migrate an existing WordPress website. Prerequisite: Website Development II or equivalent knowledge (instructor-approved).

        Intro to JavaScript / jQuery

        This course is designed for JavaScript novices who have little or no experience with the language. Students will learn the structure of JavaScript – variables, scope, control flow, functions. Students will create code that interacts with DOM and adds interactive behavior to a website. The course will discuss best practices and introduce jQuery – a widely used JavaScript library.

        SEO and Website Optimization – Google Certified
        FORM FOR MORE INFO MISSING ON LINK

        This course examines the interplay between clear business messaging and search engine optimization. Principles covered include: Niche Service, Location, Speed, Proper Website Structure, Blogs, Target Keywords, Tags, Metadata, Google Analytics basics, Google Search Console basics, AdWords basics, Tips and Tricks.

        Who Is This Course For? 

        Website Developers:

        • Demystify and master coding
        • Increase the value you can provide to clients on content development and website design
        • Know the most important keys to leverage for Search Engine Optimization, SEO

        Entrepreneurs:

        • Understand how your websites can leverage the internet for optimal business strategy
        • Save time and money with website professionals you hire
        • Build your website for your own business endeavors

        Reskilling / Upskilling:

        • Improve employability by developing a universally-needed skill set
        • Begin a new career
        • Empower yourself to build an effective website presence for a personal passion or business endeavor

        OpenHub is Congratulating our Summer 2020 Fast Track WebDev Bootcamp Grads!

        Four years ago, OpenHub launched the Hudson Valley’s first WebDev Bootcamp and to this day it remains the gold standard for bootcamps in the Hudson Valley. As we celebrate 4 years of students, we add to the celebration with our announcement of our newest class of graduates!

        OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Development Bootcamp focuses on essential,
        in-demand skills and industry best practices. The curriculum is continually evolving and being updated to keeg current to today’s job market.

        OpenHub’s Fast Track WebDev Bootcamp combines tech with entrepreneurship.

        Our most recent curriculum began January 2020 and was hosted at SUNY Ulster’s Kingston Campus. The curriculum consisted of six comprehensive courses providing a solid foundation in website development and business skills to graduate with a truly relevant and effective strategy to starting an online business as a web developer or to obtain a job in web development.

        OpenHub’s in person location until mid-March 2020.

        Zero Attrition during Transition
        to Remote Learning

        The success of our program is proven by our students. During the six month program, including  during the historic pandemic shutdown, not a single student dropped out.

        Overnight our in-person classes pivoted to remote sessions using the Zoom platform to conduct online classes. Office hours were also added to encourage one-on-one time with mentors. Replay of classes were made available and remain accessible to graduates to review or repeat material presented during this challenging period and as continuing support beyond graduation.

        Our amazing class of 2020 Bootcampers stuck with the program until the end, despite many needs to pivot and other challenges due to the pandemic shutdown.

        What We Learned:

        Our curriculum and relationships continue to focus on the Hudson Valley. But the silver lining to the challenges confronted during the shutdown – we found our physical location is not the limit. During this time our local Hudson Valley relationships continue to strengthen. Zoom created opportunities such as giving every student a first-row seat.

        Replay of class time served as a beneficial review to practice skills and complete homework in preparation for the next class. And students can share their work or problem-solve in real time with the entire class helping or observing.

        The Secret Sauce

        You are not in this alone. Joining OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Dev Bootcamp means that you are joining a community of learners and experts who are available for support during training and beyond.

        OpenHub is Hudson Valley’s tech hub with a wide reach to network for support, internships and job advancement. OpenHub builds local opportunities and relationships toward a thriving and inclusive tech-driven Hudson Valley.

        Online classes were supported with additional one-on-one office hours and recorded classes were made available for replay during program and beyond.

        No prior experience is necessary to sign up. Courses are equally beneficial for beginners as those with previous expertise.

        Many participants without prior experience elect to take advantage of office hours and OpenHub’s ‘2nd go-around’ offer.

        Newbies are encouraged to repeat any module they self-elect to repeat while acquiring real world skills, learning additional topics, and best practices. These ‘2nd go-around’ students become mentors to the newer students further cementing their mastery while encouraging newcomers.

        All our instructors are local, experienced professionals in the field of website development and technology, and are passionately involved in growing the local tech community. Graduates are encouraged to integrate into the local Hudson Valley tech community as ‘emerging tech-talent’ by joining our ongoing Meetups and networking opportunities.

        SEO instruction is Google-certified and industry experts shared best practices and latest innovations

        New Session Beginning January 2020!

        Our successful program begins again in October. Taking all we have learned and moving forward, OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Development Bootcamp will be held 100% online. To learn more or sign up please follow the link below.

        Attention: APPLY BELOW. Do NOT apply through the SUNY Ulster Office of Continuing and Professional Education. OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Devlopment Bootcamp will only be held online this session.

        For more info or to register click the button below.

        How We Form the Curriculum.
        Our Guiding Principles:

        1. Technology relevant to market demand: 
          • Recent technologies, that are in demand now and relevant to getting hired
          • Newer technologies, that are simpler and more efficient, replace the previous semester’s module
          • Curriculum based on actual data, interviews and tests
          • Best Practices, all code must be sustainable, efficient, clean and readable
          • Complete, the modules build a solid and comprehensive foundation
        1. Curriculum prepares for real life:
          • Real life projects and components. Graduate with a project portfolio.
          • Interview prep. Lectures and office hours cover ongoing interview and client preparation throughout the modules.
        2. Curriculum combines business perspectives as well as soft skills: Marketing, Testing, BizDev, Information Architecture and UX analysis
        3. Our Academic Team spends a significant amount of time designing and updating our programming and curriculum. Updated criteria based on current real world and real-time industry needs.

        We are so proud of our graduates! We welcome you to join our community of emerging tech-talent!

        For more info or to register click the button below.

        Why wait? We look forward to meeting you!

        Thanks for being part of the solution!

        Introducing OpenHub’s community-driven:

        Everyone deserves access to broadband, devices and digital training/IT Support.

        Sign up to receive updates as we grow our project week-by-week
        to connect with everyone in the Hudson Valley that supports a thriving and inclusive tech-driven economic future!

          How many tech hub founders have transformed the digital divide?

          How many tech hub founders are women?

          In her own words, Dr. Yulia Ovchinnikova, founder of OpenHub, Hudson Valley’s tech hub, tells the history of solutions that transformed the digital divide in Russia.

          She also talks about language and cultural accessibility issues between English and other alphabets and languages online.

          How many tech hub founders can speak first-hand of their experience in this category? OpenHub has a valuable and unique perspective to strategize solutions for the digital divide in the Hudson Valley!

          Successful programs such as after Newburgh Girls Can Code Club, an after school program and Google-certified IT Support bootcamps have encouraged OpenHub to take their collaborations with libraries, school districts, BOCES, SUNY and NYS workforce development one step further.

          Introducing OpenHub’s newest endeavor:

          Please be a part of our vision for a Strong and Accessible
          Tech-Driven Economy for the Hudson Valley!

          Sign up to receive updates as we grow our project week-by-week
          to connect with everyone in the Hudson Valley that supports an inclusive and thriving tech-driven economic future!

            How Data Can Empower your Hudson Valley Business

            Which tech is right for your business? Which form will it take?
            Who is a trustworthy source for information and resources?
            Where to get retrained? With what does one start?
            An existing platform? Purchasing Software?
            Investing in Hardware? Retraining staff? All of the above?

            Please join us Thursday July 30, 2020
            6:00 – 7:00 pm

            “Data-Driven Hudson Valley: How Data Can Empower your Hudson Valley Business”

            featuring Dr. Cynthia Marcello, Data Engineer and Data Small Business Specialist

            “In many cases, business owners or managers feel powerless when it comes to technology. There is confusion around data and the availability of powerful and affordable solutions for Small and Medium Business owners.”

            Dr. Cynthia Marcello, Data Engineer and Data Small Business Specialist

             

            This episode will feature guidance and solutions for Small and Medium Business owners, SMB’s. Dr. Marcello will demystify what it means to be ‘data-driven’, what is ‘open data’, and available and solutions for SMB’s. Dr. Marcello uses a ‘one-step-at-a-time’ approach, a model that allows SMB’s to experience small successes along the way to build efficacy for the long term.

            About Pivoteers 2.0:

            Pivoteers 2.0 is a webisode series that empowers Hudson Valley businesses to exchange ideas about how technology can improve our existing operations. Tech may be driving our futures, but businesses need tech that  is accessible financially, with short learning curves, and smooth on-boarding.

            Open Hub is an open eco-system resource center, committed to building a tech-sector in the Hudson Valley. Partnering with stakeholders, businesses and talent we promote, train and facilitate towards the growth of a thriving tech-driven economy.

            Open Hub is happy to produce Pivoteers 2.0 our investigation to discover Pivoteers for the HVTechFest in October, 2020 and  as our way of supporting the economic recovery of the entire Hudson Valley.

            Announcing Pivoteers 2.0!

            Welcome to the reboot!

            After completing our 5 part series: Pivoteers & Pioneers: Technology Enabled Recovery in the Age of Social Distancing, we are taking what we have learned and applying it to a reboot of our series.

            • The same great theme. 
            • New name: Pivoteers 2.0
            • New day: Every other Thursday
            • First episode Thursday, July 30
            • New time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm instead of 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
            • Every other episode – 1x/month – Tech in Education series, with panel discussions with a diverse array of education professionals.
            • Every other episode – 1x/month – featuring OpenHub’s tech professional community members.

            Become a featured guest! 
            A call for submitting for new talks will be announced soon.

            Proposed themes:

            • Data, Open Data, Data driven culture
            • Cyber-Security, AI, Robotics, Coding, IT, WebDev
            • Local tech businesses and local uses of tech in traditional businesses

            Who is Pivoteers 2.0 for?

            • Small and Medium Business Owners who want to grow using tech.
            • Emerging and professional tech-talent who want to be part of Hudson Valley’s tech community
            • Forward-thinking Local stakeholders believe in a strong and accessible
              tech-driven economy in the Hudson Valley is possible!

             

            Pivoteer #5 – Rethinking Remote Education: Maintaining Relationship and Engagement while Socially Distant

            On Friday, July 10, 2020, OpenHub livestreamed its 5th episode of its webisode series Pivoteers & Pioneers: Tech-Enabled Recovery in the Age of Social Distancing.

            The theme was Rethinking Remote Education: Maintaining Relationship and Engagement while Socially Distant.

            Dr. Andrea Tejedor, moderator for Pivoteers & Pioneers: Rethinking Remote Education
            Our esteemed moderator is also the Hudson Valley Director for NYSCATE and OpenHub’s HVTechFest Hackathon Leader.

            Featuring a diverse panel of education professionals, the event was moderated by Dr. Andrea Tejedor, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Technology at Highland Falls – Fort Montgomery School District.

            Invited were representatives from CoSchools, Afterschool Programming, Community Colleges and Universities, Workforce Development as well as public and private school systems. 

            Andrea Tejedor opened with an introduction to the theme: 

            How do we support students as we move from physical, ‘brick & mortar’ schools that have been around for over a hundred years when suddenly, on March 13, 2020, educators we were asked to make the switch to a remote setting overnight? 

            Dr. Andrea Tejedor

            Tejedor pointed to challenges that arose in the digital setting such as all teaching content and classrooms were online, inter-professional and staff communication and meetings were online, all schedules and announcements were online. And without any training to get everyone up to speed. 

            “This was further illustrated by the misconception that our youth are ‘digital natives,’ as if they are whizzes at all things tech. What quickly became apparent is that students know what they know, but they do not know it all and they need instruction and guidance to get up to speed,” Tejedor reported.

            “Tech is a tool, not a teacher. If we look at the pivot we had to make as education professionals, how did we help learning progress for our students? For example, many of us discovered that to learn with technology, students need guidance, reassurance and scaffolding that teachers provide,” said Tejedor. 

            “Lastly, the transition to digital learning gave us a deeper and clearer understanding of what the Digital Divide means in the Hudson Valley. And the serious impediments to learning and participation that inequity can cause.”

            We would also like to thank the following panelists who participated:

            Elizabeth Thomas-Cappello – Computer Science educator at Newburgh Free Academy, Newburgh, NY; Early College High School, partnership program with Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY; Adjunct Professor, Mt. St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY

            Tovah Goldfarb – 6th grade STEM Teacher, Krieger Elementary School, Poughkeepsie, NY

            Sonya Abbye Taylor, Ed.D. – Associate Professor of Education, Mt. St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY; Director of Professional Development and Curriculum at Bishop Dunn Memorial School, NY

            Ludmila Smirnova – Professor of Education, Mt. St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY

            David Czechowski – Computer Science Teacher at F.D. Roosevelt High School, Hyde Park, NY; Founding a Computer Science Teacher Association in the Hudson Valley

            Meg Käufer – President of the STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck, Nonprofit learning center dedicated to enhancing K-12 STEM education for LMI students

            “The idea of connection was very important to us from the beginning. Although It felt like a natural instinct that technology would be a great tool for connection as we went to leverage that, we encountered that many of families in our community were struggling. Some parents have even felt humiliated for not being able to help their children with their homework. What we found is that it is through strong relationships, often one-on-one, that create digital resilience and grit, that allow communities to push forward, especially with something so new and not intuitive. Because of this, all of our programs have been deeply based in relationships in order to get families to digital resilience.” 

            Meg Käufer, President of the STEM Alliance ​of Larchmont-Mamaroneck

            Please leave a comment and let us know what you think!

            Please join us Friday, July 31, 2020 at 3:00 pm for our next episode:

            Data-Driven Hudson Valley: How Data Can Power Hudson Valley Businesses

            featuring Dr. Cynthia Marcello, Data Engineer and Data Small Business Specialist

            In many cases, business owners or managers feel powerless when it comes to technology. There is confusion around data and the availability of powerful and affordable solutions for Small and Medium Business owners.

            -Dr. Cynthia Marcello, Data Engineer and Data Small Business Specialist

            This episode will feature guidance and solutions for Small and Medium Business owners, SMB’s. Dr. Marcello will demystify and what it means to be data-driven, what is ‘open data’ and what a data-driven culture is, and the affordable and available solutions for SMB’s. Dr. Marcello uses a ‘one-step-at-a-time’ approach, a model that allows SMB’s to experience small successes along the way to build efficacy for the long term.

            Pivoteer #3 – Monitor Me

            OpenHub and HVTechFest 2020 present the next episode
            in their 5-part interactive, livestreaming webisode series:

            Pivoteers & Pioneers features local businesses, sharing stories
            about how technology helped businesses adapt during the pandemic shutdown.
            OpenHub believes sharing these stories can help make a difference for the recovery of our local economy.

            Join us June 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm as
            we welcome Pivoteer: Monitor Me!

            Monitor Me is a Poughkeepsie based tele-health company that will be
            sharing their story of how they adapted during the shutdown and how their experiences and learnings will affect their future business practices.

            Join us June 12 at 3:00 pm!

            Pivoteers & Pioneers webisode series is a resource that empowers Hudson Valley businesses to exchange ideas about how technology can improve our existing operations.

            Tech may be driving our futures, but with tech that is accessible financially, with short learning curves, and smooth on-boarding. Please join us!

            Hello! My name is Yulia Ovchinnikova. Open Hub is an open eco-system resource center, committed to building a tech-sector in the Hudson Valley.

            Partnering with stakeholders, businesses and talent we promote, train and facilitate towards the growth of a thriving tech-driven economy.

            As the founder of OpenHub, everyday we work with Hudson Valley stakeholders to encourage the development of a stronger tech-driven economy.

            This series is our exploration to discover Pivoteers for the HVTechFest in October, 2020. We are proud to investigate and showcase all these heroic businesses who were able to pivot and adapt to the new ‘abnormal’ during the shutdown.

            OpenHub is happy to produce Pivoteers and Pioneers as our way of contributing to the economic recovery of the entire Hudson Valley.

            Pivoteer #2 – MHVFCU

            To see the episode, follow either Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OpenHubProject/videos/590253788538412/
            or watch in on YouTube: https://youtu.be/fbNXST5mNKA

            On Friday, May 29, 2020, OpenHub livestreamed its second episode of its webisode series Pivoteers & Pioneers: Tech Enabled Recovery in the Age of Social Distancing. OpenHub believes that local businesses sharing stories about how technology helped them adapt during the shutdown will support the recovery of our local economy.

            This episode of Pivoteers & Pioneers featured a truly local, regional financial institution, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, MHV. Representing MHV on the webisode was Michael Mattone, Vice President of Community Impact and Robert Mills, Chief Information Officer.

            MHV was an early adopter of tech, installing Personal Tellers as early as 2011. However, our exploratory storytelling unearthed an unexpected component that made their tech pivots really succeed.

            While it is true that MHV’s investment in tech helped create stability and allowed them to continue serving their members without interruption. What made MHV really pull through was tech coupled with the leadership style of CEO Wayne Winkler.

            Winkler encourages transparency and communication that keeps everyone involved and contributing. “He encourages ‘360 degree thinking’ and one of his favorite expressions is, ‘thinking on the balls of your feet, instead of your heels,’” said Michael Mattone. Mattone attributed the success of their pivots because leadership at MHV values the intelligence and contribution of its employees. Is your business combining tech with open leadership?

            Where to start with tech for your business?

            As witnessed during the shutdown, the use of technology has been an integral part of everyone’s pivot. Most businesses are realizing that tech-driven solutions will be part of their successful economic recovery and future growth. But where to start?

            • Which tech is right for your business?
            • Which form will it take?
            • Who is a trustworthy source for information and resources?
            • Where to get retrained?How to choose? An existing platform?
            • Purchasing Software? Investing in Hardware? Retraining staff?
            • All of the above?

            Take a listen to the episode.

            Please leave a comment and let us
            know what you think!

            Please join us for our next episode with Pivoteer #3: MonitorMe.
            Friday, June 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm

            This series is OpenHub’s exploration to discover Pivoteers for the HVTechFest in October 2020. We are proud to investigate and showcase the heroic businesses who were able to pivot and adapt to the new ‘abnormal’ during the shutdown.

            OpenHub is happy to produce Pivoteers and Pioneers as our way of contributing to the recovery of Orange County and the entire Hudson Valley.

            The Orange County Office of Economic Development supported two first webisode Pivoteers & Pioneers.