10 Top Stories “Around New Jersey” for 2015

Photo: A view of the Bell Works space at the NJTC DroneBot Works conference. Photo Credit: Courtesy New Jersey Tech Council

A view of the Bell Works space at the NJTC DroneBot Works conference. | Courtesy New Jersey Tech Council

Based on number of time these stories were opened, here are the ten most popular articles from our “Around New Jersey” section of NJTechWeekly.com in 2015.

1. Bell Works Mindful of its Bell Labs History as First Tenants Move In By Benjamin Doda

By far the most popular story in our “Around New Jersey” section, this story of the redevelopment of the Bell Labs site in Holmdel captured our readers’ imaginations.

2. Juniper Networks and Verizon Continue to Foster Student Success  By John Critelli

Thirty high school juniors received advice for succeeding in the job market during a “soft skills” mentoring workshop at Juniper Networks OpenLab (Bridgewater) on Jan. 13.

3. Teams from Two NJ Schools Earn ‘Best in State’ in Third Verizon Innovative App Challenge  By Esther Surden

Two teams of students — one from Franklin Borough School (Franklin) and the other from High Technology High School (Lincroft) — recently learned that they had been selected as “Best in State” in the third Verizon Innovative App Challenge.

4. Rutgers Students Team with Verizon Employees to Show Middle Schoolers that STEM is Fun By Esther Surden with Ellen Yu

On February 23, a number of Verizon employees in New Jersey joined with students from the Rutgers School of Engineering to host 60 seventh and eighth graders from New Brunswick Middle School at a National Engineers Week event, the Rutgers School of Engineering/Verizon STEM Day.

5. Russian National Pleads Not Guilty in International Hacking Scheme Thomas Zambito with permission from NJ.com

A Russian national accused of plotting the largest computer hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the U.S. pleaded not guilty today during his first appearance in a federal courtroom.

6.  AT&T STEM Initiatives Help NJ Students Innovate, Learn About Tech Careers  By Esther Surden

AT&T has been busy with STEM activities in the Garden State. On Feb. 24, AT&T’s Bedminster facility held its annual Student Innovation Competition, with about 150 students from Elizabeth, Jersey City, Newark and New Brunswick.  Later that week, the company hosted 120 students from Elizabeth, Lavallette, Matawan, Middletown and Red Bank at its facilities in Bedminster and Middletown, to discuss careers in technology.

7. Rutgers HackHERS Hackathon Encourages Women to Get Excited about Coding  By Steven Galante

Hackathons organized by university students or faculty have become standard fare at schools across the country. But on Feb. 7-8, three female STEM students at Rutgers ran a hackathon with a twist: HackHERS, which targeted women.

8.  Nobel Prize winner, co-inventor of the laser remembered as pioneer at his former N.J. lab  By Katie Lannan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

When Bell Laboratories announced consultant Charles Townes’ 1964 Nobel Prize win, the statement they sent out heralded the new technology of lasers as an invention that “holds promise” for the fields of research, industry, surgery and communications. Working with his brother-in-law, Townes secured the first patent for a laser in 1959 through Bell Laboratories.

9. Jersey City Techies Tackle Port Authority’s Data for PATH Stations By Mike D’Onofrio/ NJ.com

Jersey City techies opened their laptops and logged in to try and shed light on the vast stockpiles of data the Port Authority compiles daily on the millions of riders that use the bi-state agency’s trains and buses and ferries

10. Meta Jersey Wins Hack Jersey By Debbie Galant, NJ News Commons

Meta Jersey, a tool to help journalists and others figure out the reasons for town-by-town census shifts in the state, took the top prize in Hack Jersey 2.0, a weekend-long hackathon that took place at Montclair State University over the weekend.

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