HVTechFest: Technology Driven Economic Development

2021 HVTechFest

The theme for the 2021 HVTechFest is Digital Transformation and Collaboration

DATES: October 20, 28-30th

 

Wednesday, October 20th: Conference Kick-off with keynote and logistics
Thursday October 28th: Conference (In-person...

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Be a 2021 presenter

Interested to participate in a panel or run a workshop?

Call for Proposal is due September 20th!

 

2021' theme: Digital Transformation and Collaboration

Technology & Recovery —...

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2021 Youth Hackathon

October 29-30

Preparing Youth for Tomorrow’s Workplace

Igniting Entrepreneurial Spirit
Empowering with Technology
= > Elevating Lives, Elevating Brains
 

  • Young coders team up with tech professional to find a solution to a...
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WHO
SHOULD
ATTEND

Tech Talent

Whether an emerging or professional Techie, please come and up your game, network with your community, share expertise, learn from experts, and grow in new directions!

Business

Tech-driven solutions will be part of your business recovery and future growth. But which tech? Software, hardware, retraining, or all of the above? Get answers that will give you the edge to thrive over the next 10 years.

Government

Tech hubs join large institutions to businesses and people in their community around a common goal to build prosperity, growth and innovation. Join OpenHub in celebrating Hudson Valley’s Tech Future!

Highlights From 2020 TechFest

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

  • Young coders teaming up with professionals address real world situations of civic and/ or business importance
  • Using high- and low-technology functions to solve the public problems
  • Collaboration replicates on the job experience
  • Prizes for the winners. Gifts for all participants.

Glad to report the Hackathon'2020 Outcomes as

  1. Igniting Entrepreneurial Spirit
  2. Empowering participants with Technology and Self-efficacy
  3. Brains Elevated, Lives Elevated
  4. Technology in action

How was it done?

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. 

  • Social distancing at school is hard for many kids having troubles with focus, sensory issues, social isolation.
  • Ability to work and learn remote are limited by the dramatical Digital Divide revealed
  • The lack of digital citizenship skills causes a lot of fraud and missed opportunities
  • The unemployment rate has tripled since the shutdown. Skills in demand shifter to digital efficiency and technology advanced.
  • The level of anxiety and depression in society is casuing emotional and mental health issues

It was time to transform fears of uncertainty into an exploration of opportunity and new ideas.

HVTechFest 2020 Hackathon Logo

Highlights from 2019 TechFest

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!

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Testimonials

These talks were stimulating. I spend too much time doing practical things, I just need to step out and observe the big picture
 

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

News

HVTechFest'21 Dates Are Announced!

Save the dates!  HVTechFest’21 dates are set! Join us on October 20th for the conference kick-off and October 28-30th for the biggest and most significant technological gathering in the area. This is a unique opportunity for networking and creative inspiration in the tech world!... READ MORE

HVTechFest Youth Hackathon 2020 Recap

We are super thankful to all of the amazing participants, speakers, mentors, judges and sponsors for being the part of HVTechFestival Youth Hackathon! We hope all of our attendees had a great time — it was fantastic to host so many interesting individuals. If you missed out, don’t... READ MORE

Special guest at 1:00PM

Special Guest to ignite your brain Friday 10/23 at 1:00PM  we will start with special talk: Brain Personality Profile Expert Julie Anderson will ignite your Brain with one hour workshop: "Step Into Your Power-Rock Your Natural Gifts". Don't miss it!  Make sure... READ MORE

Sponsors

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OpenHub is a Technology-Hub that encourages everyone to work together to build a thriving and accessible tech-driven economy in the Hudson Valley. 

Partnering with stakeholders, businesses and emerging and professional tech-talent, OpenHub is committed to building a thriving tech-sector in the Hudson Valley by promoting, training and facilitating the growth of an accessible and strong technology-driven economy through the vehicle of an open ecosystem technology hub.