Jivan Achreja

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Jivan Achreja is a UNC alum where he focused on Biology, Chemistry, and Entrepreneurship, and has written for Singularity Hub. Putting off medical school to pursue start up life, he worked as CIO of INRFOOD and Smashing Boxes in Durham, NC. When not teching it up, he loves to read, run, and spend time with his family. You can catch up with him on Google+.


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4.15.14 JIVAN ACHREJA

Girl Develop It RDU is a huge (and growing) success

An update on the 2-year-old organization teaching women (and some men) to code

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Girl Develop It is an organization started in the U.S. to help women learn software development. With 90 percent of programmers male, there is a serious need for women in the field.

In four years since its launch in 2010, 25 chapters have sprung up around the United States and Canada. It's clear Girl Develop It has begun to solve a real world problem that has existed in development since the inception of the field itself. We need more female developers, and Girl Develop It is building them up and churning them out.

Enter Girl Develop It Raleigh/ Durham. The local chapter is helmed by three active members of the Triangle developer community: Julia Elman, Sarah Kahn and Sylvia Richardson. I first interviewed Julia and Sarah last year for an ExitEvent story about Teen Tech Camp, an annual event held for underprivileged teens at the Durham County Library. That, however, is just one of their pursuits to spread learning and knowledge of software development. I sat down with Kahn recently to learn a bit more about our local GDI chapter and what is in store for the near future.

First, some quick stats about the Raleigh/Durham Chapter: --Read On


2.24.14 JIVAN ACHREJA

High Speed Internet: A Modern Gold Rush

What Google Fiber (maybe) means for the Triangle

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High Speed internet is the lifeblood of our entire society. Gigabit speed internet would be crucial to our area, especially for entrepreneurs. Right now, the state of the United States internet is pretty bleak. Globally, the U.S. ranks 8th in connection speeds, having an average of 9.8 Mbps throughout the country. South Korea in comparison, is ranked first with an average of 22.1 Mbps. There is a very clear need for faster internet throughout the entire country, and the battle for broadband dominance in North Carolina is happening right now.

On February 19th, Google announced that Raleigh, Charlotte and seven other cities are on the short list for next cities that might get Google Fiber. Interestingly enough, this announcement is on the heels of an acquisition announcement of Time Warner Cable by Comcast, for $45.2 billion. Google Fiber could be the next big broadband player locally here in N.C. as early as two years from now. The announcement though, is not as simple as one would hope. --Read On


1.27.14 JIVAN ACHREJA

Hands On Breakdown of the PS Vita

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

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Recently, I covered a 40-day honest breakdown of the Playstation 4 on ExitEvent to help users know what to expect. As part of my holiday celebrations, I also picked up the PS Vita for myself and a family member based on the rave reviews online. I honestly had no idea what to expect. Here is what I found out and what you need to know.

The Good

Region Free:

The PS Vita and all of its peripherals are unlocked right out of the box. Gone are the days of having to worry about where your disc is from and whether is it NTSC or PAL, in the Vita's case. If you chose to do so, you could import games and the system itself from any part of the world and play them at home without any difficulties. The only drawback to this is that digital downloads and releases are country specific in the same way the App Store is.

Remote Play:

Remote Play is the killer app for the Sony family of gaming devices. In 2012, Sony purchased game streaming company Gaikai for $380 million USD to incorporate their tech into a cloud-based streaming feature for the new console called Playstation Now. Sony also incorporated tech from Gaikai to allow for Cross-Play and interconnectivity between the PS Vita and the Playstation 4. All Playstation 4 titles (except those that use the Playstation Camera) are required to support Remote Play. --Read On