The 10 Top NJ Tech Weekly Posts of 2017

Photo: Judges, instructors, students and other participants in the summer STEP program. Photo Credit: Anna Lukasiak
Judges, instructors, students and other participants in the summer STEP program. | Anna Lukasiak

Each December, NJ Tech Weekly assembles a list of the most popular articles we’ve published that year. Here is our 2017 list, measured by number of hits on the site. This year the top stories were diverse.

Website visitors read about Newark and Jersey City high school students as well as tech companies that gave back to their communities. Two articles about Propelify, the big tech festival that took place in Hoboken, made the list. Articles about N.J. companies working on 5G and Artificial Intelligence, stories about N.J. startups, and stories about how Audible and IDT in Newark are doing their part to help that city become a tech mecca, rounded out the list.

And counting down:

10.  IDT Corp. is Incubating Tech Startups in Newark ( Published 01/09/2017) By Esther Surden

Almost everyone who arrives in Newark via Interstate 280 can spot the IDT building at 520 Broad St. from the elevated road. It’s the building with a big bold IDT logo on top. When most folks think of IDT, they remember its days as one of the first VoIP companies. In the early 2000s, it owned a successful company called Net2Phone that specialized in international discount telecommunications. IDT sold that company for over $1 billion.

Photo: September BullPen Winners from Auto i with investor panel, Mario Casabona and Samir Sirdeshpande. Photo Credit: Steve Sears
September BullPen Winners from Auto i with investor panel, Mario Casabona and Samir Sirdeshpande. | Steve Sears

9.  NJ Startup Auto i is Favorite of Audience and Investors at TechLaunch BullPen #5 (Published Oct. 4, 2017) By Steve Sears

A New Jersey startup with an advanced motor-vehicle security system won the TechLaunch BullPen #5 event, held at Montclair State University on Sept. 19. Holmdel’s Auto i won both the audience and panel vote as winning presenter.

8.  Creative Agency By & Large Says Partnering with New Jersey Companies Makes Sense (Published 8/30/2017) By Esther Surden

Partnering with other New Jersey specialists and working with New Jersey companies has been a ticket to success for digital agency By & Large, as it brings its New York vibe to Monmouth County.

Photo: Crowd for 2017 Propelify festival in Hoboken Photo Credit: Esther Surden
Crowd for 2017 Propelify festival in Hoboken | Esther Surden

7.  Propelify Sizzled on the Hoboken Waterfront(Published 05/21/2017) By Esther Surden

A 90-plus degree day didn’t deter the crowds from congregating on the Hoboken Waterfront for Propelify on Thursday, a one-of-a-kind tech and innovation festival with a regional draw. Aaron Price, the NJ Tech Meetup founder, who brought us Propelify, told that than 10,000 people wended their way through the paths between the two stages: the Stage of Inspiration and the Stage of Wisdom.

6.  From Don Katz, CEO of Audible: Embracing the Comeback of a Great American City through Tech (Published 01/04/2017) By Don Katz of Audible

In 2017, Audible will celebrate 10 years since we set up our world headquarters here in Newark. We decided to embrace the comeback of a great American city as a defining cultural principle for the company, because I’ve long believed companies can have hearts and souls and missions that transcend financial gain.

5.     At the Intersection of Healthcare and Technology, Artificial Intelligence Rules (Published 10/23/2017) By Rob Rinderman

In recent months, Russian President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying that the first global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) would “become ruler of the world.” In response, multifaceted entrepreneur Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX, Hyperloop, etc.) sounded alarm bells, opining in a social media post that AI could potentially set off World War III.

Photo: Panelists for the "Intersection of Healthcare and Technology" event at NJIT. Photo Credit: Rob Rinderman
Panelists for the "Intersection of Healthcare and Technology" event at NJIT. | Rob Rinderman

4.     Commvault Employees Give Back to New Jersey in a Big Way (Published 9/5/2017) By Esther Surden

The employees at Commvault (Tinton Falls) have just completed a month-long marathon of volunteer events designed to allow them contribute to their community. Commvault is an enterprise-data-management company, and one of New Jersey’s largest technology employers.

3.      Nokia and Intel Working Together to Test 5G at Nokia Bell Labs’ Murray Hill Campus (Published 3/14/17) By Esther Surden

Nokia Bell Labs (Murray Hill), Nokia’s mobile-network business, and Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) are collaborating to build an end-to-end test lab at Bell Labs’ Murray Hill campus to investigate real applications for 5G networks.

2.     Get Ready! Propelify (Formerly Propeller) is on Its Way and It Promises to Be Bigger and Better (Published 3/22/17) By Esther Surden [Written before the event in May, 2017]

Let’s face it. Last year we weren’t sure if Aaron Price could pull it off. He had a vision for a big regional tech festival to be held on a pier on the waterfront in Hoboken. It would draw folks from all over the Northeast to listen to tech-entrepreneur speakers, watch drone races, participate in virtual reality experiences and meet prospective employers and each other. And he — along with a hundred volunteers — made it happen. Last year almost 8,000 people showed up.

1.     High School Students from Newark and Jersey City Pitch Business Ideas at Summer Tech Entrepreneurship Program (Published 8/20/17) By Anna Lukasiak.

On August 11, twenty-one high school students from Newark and Jersey City pitched business ideas that they had developed during the Morrison Technologies (Jersey City) Summer Technology & Entrepreneurship Program (STEP).

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