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HVTechFest 2020 Youth Hackathon October 23-24th, 2020 was done fully online though we got 150 people in attendance including international participants.
Yup. We did it! Once again!
Let's admit it: the pandemic put the most of us into survival and freezing mode. Our goal was to create a Safe and Playful Environment for a Collaborative Problem Solving. And the magic appeared: we were able to turn on a Creators Mode, inspire with the potential of innovations.
We used our signature approach and orchestrated
Glad to report the Hackathon'2020 Outcomes as
The umbrella theme for the HVTechFest 2020 was “Social Distancing as a ‘New normal’ challenge.”
The Social Distancing’ that occurred in response to the pandemic as the "new normal" became a huge challenge in many aspects: We miss our friends, we can't freely travel, we got distracted with our remote learning and working.
It was time to transform fears of uncertainty into an exploration of opportunity and new ideas.
It was tremendously rewarding and inspiring to see so many gathered together on Friday, October 11th for the Conference portion of the Festival, to explore and rethink our tech education, tech workforce development and trends in hiring the lean startup way. The programming committee invested countless hours engaging and curating speakers one by one to reflect the industry trends, both global and local. We are so proud of the 40+ speakers and 150+ attendees who participated in the Conference. Thank you all for your hunger and curiosity to learn from each other through the Conference tracks and sessions. You can see speakers notes using 2019 Schedule or see live streamed video here
Our first Hudson Valley Youth Hackathon on Saturday, October 12th teamed 100+ professionals working side by side with youth, and competing equally. We appreciate our partner, AT&T, who lobbied with vigor to have kids involved more than we initially envisioned – it was amazingly inspirational and a learning experience for all! We discovered that our high schoolers are way more tech savvy than previous generations. They are thoughtful, engaged and collaborative, responsible and capable. The startup bug bit them at the Hackathon – we can expect more tech entrepreneurs coming… Let’s cultivate this spirit!
We are excited to see that we are all aligned in our dream of making the Hudson Valley a better place to live and work, and leveraging technology as a practical tool for this rising tide!
The quality of sessions and speakers selection was fantastic, the level of program coordination is very impressive.
Speakers were sharing what they are excited about - I see it is changing the Hudson Valley already!
One of the things I discovered was the strength of the local startup community, their needs, and how invisible they are to the larger community. High tech employees already in this area who are looking for new jobs are likely to leave the area because they are unaware of the jobs available here
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