Director’s Chair: October 2020

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THERE’S A LOT going on in the technology world in Arkansas, and come early November you’ll have a new way to keep abreast of what’s happening. That’s when ACDS will launch our new podcast series called “Empowered by Tech.”

Co-hosted by data scientist Dr. Elizabeth Parker and radio veteran David Wallace, these bi-monthly podcasts will allow you to listen in on their in-the-know conversations with many of the state’s top tech movers and shakers. They’ll talk about important developments and issues facing the tech community, about hot new products, about tech education, about cybersecurity, about IT careers, and about Arkansas’s continuing growth as a tech center.

The first recordings have been made and are being produced as I write this. I won’t spill the beans about the first podcast subject; I’ll just say that it’s with an Arkansas technology icon who not only tells rich, personality-filled stories about this rural state’s early steps toward the tech world, but who also tells what we still need to do to get to where we want—and need—to be.

ACDS has a responsibility to communicate with our stakeholders—Arkansas employers, who need IT talent and skills; the entire supply pipeline of Arkansas tech talent; and the people in Arkansas government who’re working hard to help prepare our state’s workforce for the 21st century.  We believe that this new podcast channel—soon available wherever you get your podcasts—will be a bold new tool to help us reach the people we need to reach…effectively, efficiently, and entertainingly.

So thanks in advance for tuning into “Empowered by Tech.” We look forward to hearing your feedback.

Bill Yoder,

Executive Director

Arkansas Center for Data Sciences