BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Local industry and teachers have teamed up to
host a conference that promotes careers in web design, software
development and other computer science fields.
Dubbed the Buffalo I/O conference, the event is free and open to
the public. It will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at 101
Davis Hall on the University at Buffalo's North Campus. To learn
more, visit http://www.buffaloio.com.
Sponsored by InfoTech Niagara, the Western New York Computer
Science Teachers Association and UB's Computer Science and
Engineering Department, the conference is modeled after a similar
event held in Boston, Mass. Geared toward high school and college
students, the Buffalo conference will feature 10- to 15-minute
lectures from industry leaders, informal networking opportunities
and free refreshments.
While not known as a high-tech business hub, Western New York
has a small yet vibrant technology community that is looking to
grow, said Carl Alphonce, a teaching associate professor in UB's
Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
He added that computer science job openings are outpacing the
number of graduates. For example, the National Center for Women and
Information Technology projects that industry will add 144,500
computing jobs each year until 2018. With institutes of higher
learning expected to produce less than 90,000 computer science and
computer engineering graduates annually, there could be a yearly
gap of more than 50,000 jobs, according to the center.
To meet the demand, Alphonce and others are encouraging talented
and creative students to consider studying computer science. They
can expect to earn salaries anywhere from $46,000 to more than
$100,000, according to 2010 statistics from the U.S. Bureau of
What: Computer science conference
Where: 101 Davis Hall (UB's North Campus)
When: 6-9 p.m. on May 3
Who: Open to the public, free
Why: Computer science is a growing and, potentially, lucrative