NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY
National Technology Day on January 6th recognizes how technology changes the world and looks to the future of technology. Each year, from the wheel to smartphones, the day honors technological achievements that impact our daily lives.
Imagine the world without technology. In our daily lives, we can’t take a step without coming into contact with a form of it. Yet, the world is abuzz with technology!
Outside of the healthcare sector, tech jobs are among the strongest and fastest-growing divisions. And let’s face it, technology is at the center of most jobs these days. Some of the may places we encounter technology include:
We use technology to keep us organized, connected, healthy, and safe. Technology improves productivity and gives us insights into how the world works.
One area of the tech world that continues to advance and affect our lives is apps (short for applications). With the advent of smartphones, apps are way more than just games or photo editing. So if you haven’t made any resolutions yet, resolve to check out these trending apps:
- AXEL – Files move or stream from one device straight to another. No stops along the way and no uploading. It removes the middlemen.
- Circle of 6 – When talking about personal safety, this is a tool you might consider having. It is designed to quickly and discreetly get help in dangerous situations. Pre-written messages are sent to designated recipients by simply tapping twice, GPS location included.
- Zombies, Run! – Exercise as a game. And zombies. It’s a zombie exercise game. If nothing else motivates you, maybe this will.
Another area where technology thrives is in the area of communications. We use various tools to communicate with people, and we use these tools a lot! Consider all the ways we convey a message in today’s world.
- Telephone – Since the first “hello” traveled across a wire, telephones have kept us connected. Wires? Who needs wires today?
- Email – Email is still relevant today. Beyond the spam, businesses rely on email to communicate with their employees and patrons. In addition, emails keep us connected to loved ones who don’t quite love the latest technologies.
- Video – Video meetings have revolutionized how we stay connected. We keep in touch with family, attend school, speak to our doctors, and conduct business, all from a distance.
- Text – Whether it’s a quick, short message, or a long conversation, text messages easily keep us connected.
- Letter – Yes. People still write letters. Whether typed or written with old-fashioned technology like pen and paper, the letter still gets a message across.
- Website – This technology produces a variety of messages. It’s a vehicle for ideas, news, and business.
- Social media – Many different applications offer social media platforms to create, share and connect.
HOW TO OBSERVE TECHNOLOGY DAY
Explore the ways technology impacts your life. Every day, it continues to change the way we live and drive us further into the world of the future. Ways to celebrate include:
- Exploring technologies of the past. Which ones would you bring back if you could?
- Share your favorite technologies.
- Discuss how technology improves your life.
- Test out new technology.
- Share your ideas for new technology.
Use #TechnologyDay on social media. Talk to someone about your technology ideas or find a way to bring your vision forward.
NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY HISTORY
AXEL, a technology-based company, headquartered out of Las Vegas, founded National Technology Day. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Technology Day in 2016.
AXEL: Dmitry Kogosov | 702.948.9770
Q. How long has technology been around?
A. Technology is older than the harnessing of fire. Anything that advances productivity is technology, including tools, medicines, techniques, and more.
Q. Is technology for everyone?
A. Yes. With so many different kinds of technology, everyone uses, accesses, and even relies upon technology. Even those who live “off the grid” access technology of some sort. While some of the technology may be thousands of years old, those tools have become a survival necessity.
Q. What technological age are we in?
A. The digital age began in the 1980s and continues today.
January 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
In the first public demonstration of the telegraph, Samuel Morse transmits an encoded message to a waiting receiver at the Speedwell Ironworks in Morristown, New Jersey. The message read, “A patient waiter is no loser.” However, it would be five more years before Congress includes funding in the budget to lay the first telegraph line from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore.
The educator, advocate, and activist, Dr. Maria Montessori opens Casa Dei Bambini (Children’s House) in Rome, Italy. Her first school and daycare center for working-class children focused on student-led education. Her methods soon spread, opening Montessori schools around the world.
The Pacific Clipper completes the first commercial around the world flight. Owned and operated by Pan American, the plane and its crew faced an unexpected obstacle on its return flight from Aukland, New Zealand to San Francisco, United States when on December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers attacked Pearl Harbor. Captain Robert Ford and his crew’s return were not only delayed, but their return route would take them around the world in the opposite direction in an unplanned circumnavigation of the world.
January 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier – 1799
Along with his brother Joseph-Michel, Jacques-Etienne launched the first hot-air balloon into the sky in 1783.
John Hanks Alexander – 1864
John Alexander Hanks was best-known as the 1st African American officer to hold a regular command position and the 2nd to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Carl Sandburg – 1878
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author is one of America’s best-loved poets of the 20th century.
John DeLorean – 1925
The American engineer rose up through the ranks of General Motors. Then in 1975, he founded the DeLorean Motor Company. By 1982, the company filed for bankruptcy.
Fred Turner – 1933
The founder of McDonald’s Hamburger University began his career with the franchise making burgers. Before that, Turner served his country in the U.S. Army.
Doris Troy – 1937
The R&B singer-songwriter is best known for her hit song “Just One Look.”
Nancy Lopez – 1957
Early in her career, Nancy Lopez dominated the links. She turned professional at the age of 21 in 1977. In 1978, she became the only woman to win LPGA Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, and the Vare Trophy in the same season. She won 48 LPGA Tour events during her career, though she never won the U.S. Open.
Howie Long – 1960
The defensive end played 13 seasons in the National Football League with the Raiders. He followed his athletic career as an analyst and actor.
Eddie Redmayne – 1982
The critically and popularly successful actor earned an Academy Award for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.