HVTechFest' Conference 2021: Digital Transformation and Collaboration

   October 28-29th  

While we plan to address these topics, agenda is subject for change till the last moment. 

Submit you speaking proposal here.

Proposed Conference Plan 

Day One (In-person & Virtual):

  •  1:00 - 1:45 PM: Kick-off and Keynote
  •  2:00 - 2:50 PM: Digital Transformation and Collaboration (Speakers from AWS, Google, Azure)
  •  3:00 - 3:50 PM: Digital Divide and Digital Inclusion (Panel)
  •  4:00 - 4:50 PM: Hudson Valley Career Opportunities (Panel)
  •  5:00 - 5:30 PM: Wrap-up
  •  6:00 - 8:00 PM: Networking Cocktail (in-person)


Day Two and Three: Workshops (Virtual)

  • Networking with Purpose: Liberating Structures (virtual networking)
  • 5:00 - 6:30 PM: Women in Tech (Panel)
  • Soft Skills for career Development
  • Data Driven  
    • GIS Applications for Social Good
    • Tapping into Dark Data: potential insights
  • Digital Navigators 
    • Addressing Digital Divide
    • Digital Resilience use cases and solutions
  • Startup Community Way


   Adapting to the new (Ab)normal  

We plan on continuing the conversation and theme post-conference through a series of seminars that will carry us through fall and winter. Interested in participating? We want to hear your proposals. We’re looking for transformative seminars that will inspire our next decade of solutions using technology, data, and design for the public good. Below are topics to be considered in your proposal within a 45 minute session:

Topic: Untangling the “Education-to-Workforce” Pipeline

  • Addressing skill gaps schools are unable to fit in preparing students for the working world
  • Current workforce: Upskilling or pivot to a new career
  • Drivers behind the current labor shortage “gaps”

Topic: Challenges for Remote Education (Public and Higher Education)

  • Whitelisted Chromebooks
  • Digital Divide at home --literacy, --affordable broadband, --dedicated learning space, --the only device for the family, --engagement, --2 working parents, --mental health
  • Remote relationship-building - creative solution
  • Expensive college while at home?
  • Lack of socializing: impact on celebration, social interaction and transition to future
  • Quality of remote university

Topic: Small Business Recovery

  • How to take your business to the next level online. 
  • Tools for digital transformation
  • How to onboard with tech - creating a tech plan: outsourcing vs in-house?
  • Data tools for business growth and insights


2020 was a blast while a challenge

We skipped a big in person event, but we learned a lot switching to remote webinars and even Hackathon! 

The Pivoteers and Pioneers Webisode series presented by OpenHub and HVTechFest was our prelude to the theme of HVTechfest 2020, a theme of divining opportunities for individuals and business within the Hudson Valley in the new normal. With the pandemic lockdown we’ve initiated our own pivot to continue the theme and momentum. HVTechFestival — which originally consists of a one-day conference and one-day Hackathon — continued with the two-day youth Hackathon on October 23–24, 2020.


Inaugural 2019 was an ignitor 

HVTechFest 2019 was the largest gathering of the HV Tech ecosystem to date, with 250+ participants and 120+ Hackathoners in attendance. With 40+ speakers, 23 sponsors and 30+ volunteers on board, we were able to achieve our three primary objectives:

  • Brought HV Tech ecosystem together to connect, collaborate, find jobs, hire talent, and create new partnerships and engagements
  • Increased energy and excitement about the HV Tech ecosystem
  • Established HVTechFest as a signature annual event for the ecosystem

Founded by OpenHub, Hudson Valley's premier tech education program, the two-day event will continue to be a major conference in the region's burgeoning tech space.