Tech innovation meets military service: GeekWire’s Memorial Day remembrance and update

The American Cemetery in Normandy at Omaha Beach. (GeekWire Photo / John Cook).

As the first warm-weather holiday weekend of the year, it’s easy to get caught up in barbecues and road trips and lose touch with Memorial Day’s roots.

But today is also about reflecting on those who have passed while serving in the armed forces. In their honor, we’ve rounded up some of our veteran and military-related coverage. We’ve also checked in on what the people and organizations have been up to since we featured them in GeekWire.

Continue reading to find out what they’re up to now and to learn about the intersection of technology and military service.

On the front lines of tech: Bunker Labs ready to help veterans move from military service to startups

Since GeekWire’s Lisa Stiffler profiled Bunker Labs just a few months ago, the company has continued expanding to help more veterans make the leap to startups.

Bunker Labs Seattle hosted its first Bunker Beers event in January in Tacoma at Odd Otter, a veteran owned establishment. (Bunker Labs Photo)

Why military veterans make exceptional tech workers, and how Microsoft is helping them land jobs

Earlier this month, Microsoft was recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense for its support of National Guard and Reserve military members. Among the ways the Redmond-based company supports troops is through their recruiting efforts. GeekWire’s Taylor Soper has a look at Microsoft’s mission to train and hire veterans.

Military veterans Bernard Bergan (left) and Ryen Macababbad went through the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy and now work for the Redmond tech giant.

Boeing and Air Force demonstrate new airborne networking system for fighter jets

Boeing continues to test plane-to-plane networking systems allowing fighter jets to communicate. The Talon HATE system uses satellites to share operational data between F-15C and F-22 aircraft. GeekWire’s aerospace and science editor Alan Boyle has a look at this in-flight communications system.

When the call of duty is technology, veterans rally to support each other through Operation Code

Since we covered David Molina’s Operation Code, a non-profit that helps veterans launch careers in technology, the organization has grown into a massive Slack group with 1,200 members and about 60 channels. All of the members are military veterans seeking a community and resources related to coding. Molina’s efforts to get the G.I. Bill to cover coding schools is gaining traction in Congress.

Operation Code website.

Code Fellows wins approval to accept GI Bill to teach veterans how to code

As Stiffler noted in her coverage of Operation Code, Molina has been working with Seattle developer school Code Fellows to help train more veterans in tech skills. Last year, Code Fellows received approval from the Veteran’s Administration to accept funding through the G.I. Bill. Code Fellows continues to offer scholarships and actively recruits veterans to join its program.

Microsoft’s HoloLens joins the military

The military has been using Microsoft’s HoloLens virtual reality headset to simulate field conditions for training exercises. Boyle revisits how the military is leveraging Microsoft’s HoloLens in today’s update: Microsoft HoloLens takes augmented reality to the next level for America’s warfighters.

Top Marine tries HoloLens
Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller uses a HoloLens augmented-reality system to manipulate virtual objects during an April demonstration at Camp Foster on Okinawa. (U.S. Marine Photo / Tayler P. Schwamb)