Bit Source - Our Story Sat, 04/11/2015 - 09:38
Since the dawn of the 20th century, eastern Kentucky’s economy has been dependent upon the coal industry. Coal was mined and utilized much earlier but could not be transported far on wagons maneuvering through difficult terrain. The only mines that could get coal to markets beyond their local communities were those situated along navigable rivers and waterways.Read More...
Canary in the Code Mine Thu, 02/11/2016 - 09:46
What Coding Coal Miners Prove About the Future of Work Thu, 02/11/2016 - 09:53
Appalachian Miners Are Learning to Code Thu, 02/11/2016 - 10:10
Former coal-industry worker finds new work Thu, 02/11/2016 - 11:55
Former coal miner begins new career as computer coder Thu, 02/11/2016 - 11:54
Chamber hosts open house at Bit Source Thu, 02/11/2016 - 11:49
By: Medical Leader Staff Press Release
Featured on: Pikeville Medical Leader
"PIKEVILLE — On August 24, the community and chamber members welcomed Eastern Kentucky’s newest technology company, Bit Source. Bit Source provided tours of the facility, product demonstrations, as well as refreshments and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the opening of what is an exciting startup business."Read More...
Computer coding training among first fruits of SOAR initiative in Eastern Kentucky Thu, 02/11/2016 - 11:46
Where Should All the Coal Miners Go? Thu, 02/11/2016 - 11:37
EKCEP Media Thu, 02/11/2016 - 15:16
Fast Company Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:23
"This Kentucky Startup Employs Former Coal Miners And Teaches Them To Code":
As the coal industry collapses, tens of thousands of coal miners have lost jobs, and communities that used to depend on the industry are also struggling to survive. In Pikeville, Kentucky, a small town in the middle of coal country, one startup has responded by experimenting with something new: teaching former coal miners to code.
Reuters Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:37
Can an Appalachian 'Silicon Holler' rise in coal's shadow
Portraits of local heroes are stenciled onto the walls of an old Coca-Cola bottling plant in Pikeville, Kentucky: 10 images that seem to be watching over apprentices hunched over keyboards in what has become the office of businessman Charles "Rusty" Justice's digital startup.
NPR Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:28
From Coal To Code: A New Path For Laid-Off Miners In Kentucky
All over eastern Kentucky, you see cars and pickup trucks with black license plates proclaiming the owner is a "friend of coal."
Even though the license plates are all over, it's getting harder to find actual coal miners here: Fewer than 6,000 remain in the state, where the coal industry is shrinking fast. More than 10,000 coal workers have been laid off since 2008.Read More...