Tech

In the future, we’ll all eat worms

Virginia Emery loves bugs. She loves them so much that last summer, Emery built a 100-square-foot barn in her backyard in Ballard for the sole…

Who’s fixing tech’s diversity problems?

The picture is by now familiar: Many tech companies are very white and very male. Women leave tech companies at a higher rate than men.…

New tech could restore some quiet to noisy oceans

Forty feet below the surface of Puget Sound, a marbled murrelet dives for its catch. The water is cold, dark — and incredibly noisy. A…

Its workforce graying, industry looks to prep young people for trades

Jonathan Ly wants to work in the aerospace industry some day. Ly, 17, wears his hair in a ponytail and plays ultimate frisbee. He grew…

Canada pours millions into megaquake warning system

When The Big One is on its way, people in British Columbia may be the first to know. In June, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) started creating a system…

Seattle’s space pioneers still searching for a business plan

The sky’s the limit on a burgeoning new industry in the Seattle area. No, not even the sky: These businesses have their eyes set on…

Tech-soaked Seattle needs its artists

Seattle, a city of engineers going back a century to the founding of Boeing, seems in overdrive, growing big bright shiny buildings to house ever more tech services,…

Why Washington kids aren’t getting our best jobs

This is the first in a series of stories from Crosscut that will take a look at STEM education in the state and how it…

Why corporate boards need more women

Seattle has a long way to go when it comes to gender diversity on corporate boards. With just 15 percent of local corporate board directors…

Donald Trump, and other reasons tech IPOs are currently nonexistent

The tech IPO market, which merely two years ago couldn’t stop churning out new offerings, has almost become nonexistent. In fact, there were zero U.S.…

The virtual reality revolution starts here

I walked out of the Beijing airport last week, a bit lost. I didn’t know how to hail a cab or get help with my…

Parents, rejoice: These apps will help you find a carpool and a sitter

Need a cab? Hail one on your phone in under 5 minutes. Forgot the chilled white wine and your dinner guests arrive in an hour?…

Washington: the “Wild West” for surveillance drones

Last year, the FBI flew a fleet of small airplanes over Seattle and other cities. They were equipped with cameras capable of snapping thousands of…

It took a whole team of UW scientists to make this cute cat pic

An Instagram post here, a YouTube video there, a few thousand financial transactions over there. We live in the world of big data — and…

Amazon Black Employee Network partners tech sector with wider community

When Tiffany Dockery moved to Seattle to work at Amazon in 2013, she realized that while she felt at home in the city’s black community,…

Mayor Murray and Google team for “digital equity” across Seattle

For years, municipal broadband has been a rallying cry of Seattle’s left. But Mayor Ed Murray and the city’s Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller have resisted…

4 big roadblocks facing women in tech

While Seattle has emerged as one of the world’s top tech hubs, the industry is not benefitting everyone equally. Women are still underrepresented in nearly…

Bringing women back to computer science: UW in national spotlight over efforts

Women’s role in the computer revolution is often glazed over. There’s Ada Lovelace, the mathematician sometimes called the “world’s first computer programmer”, who sketched out…

Amazon, Microsoft act to prevent exodus of female staff

Can family life and a tech career coexist?

Art and tech: The unique career of CEO Susie Lee

Susie Lee was fresh out of Yale, preparing for medical school, when she felt the walls closing in. She had majored in molecular biology, with the…

Moz CEO Sarah Bird fights for more women leaders in tech

  Sarah Bird is one of the relatively few female leaders in the local tech industry, serving as CEO of Moz, a Seattle-based outfit that…

UW, WSU don’t reveal how student data is shared with government

Apple’s refusal to unlock an iPhone for the FBI has sparked a legal war, and a nationwide debate over law enforcement’s access to private consumer…

Gentrification’s other victims: small businesses

A few weeks ago, Portlanders were stunned by a front page story in the Oregonian that revealed a plan to build a series of 11 high…

Microsoft’s ‘Chief People Person’ speaks on tech’s diversity problems