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Bend Entrepreneur Kickstarts Innovative Collapsible Water Bottle

Niki Singlaub came up with the Hydaway bottle concept while traveling as a freelance product developer in 2012. “Trying to stay hydrated in different countries, climates, and elevations, while spending time both in business meetings and in the mountains inspired this water bottle concept. I was looking for a durable, stable, fully-functioning water bottle that collapsed enough to fit in my back pocket. I was really surprised I couldn’t find anything like the Hydaway bottle out there.” His Kickstarter campaign reached 25% in just the first week.

8 Ways to Get Girls Interested in Programming

Rane Johnson-Stempson, an active Bend startup/ tech advocate as well as principal research director at Microsoft Research, has put a lot of thought and effort into helping grow the ranks of women programmers. Last May Johnson-Stempson helped organize the Microsoft Women’s Hackathon, which drew more than 2,000 participants from around the globe.