Alicia D'Amico, Yulia Ovchinnikova and Dmitry Pavlov awarding HVTechFest team leaders
It was exciting to see 120+ professionals working side by side with youth, and competing equally.
We discovered that our high schoolers are way more tech savvy than previous generations. They are thoughtful, engaged and collaborative, responsible and capable.
These amazing NFA students are committed to solve their community challenge - Newburgh's poverty! They know how technology can change people's lives, and they have a specific solution.
Lionel Durant, Dmitry Pavlov, Bil Fioravanti, Joe Cupano
The Hackathon revealed how the youth are driven to solve Hudson Valley employability & professional sustainability challenges. We were 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!
Did you get yours? If not, you still can cath up ordering any HVTechFest swags here: https://teechip.com/stores/hvtechfest
Design challenge was fun and help participants make new friends, warm up with out-of-the box thinking and brainstorming
Aziz Ahmand gave a great overview on the Transformation Towards Smart Communities & Workforce Readiness for the Future
all registered participants got swags - wooden toys, stickers and t-shirts
All volunteers and staff members got these t-shirts to be recognizable
Hackathon participants are happy to make new friends while working on the projects
Morgan Stroud, Zachary Sheehan, Anthony Grice (Junior), Jasmine Pyle
In addition to the crystal award all team members received one year PressReader subscription to all major magazines, journals and other digital media on their choice.
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!
Mark Tourtelott, HVTechFest programming committee member, tech expert
The Hackathon process was as follows:
Warm-up with Design Thinking challenge > Pitching ideas > Recruiting and forming teams > Building time > Presenting the solution > Judging > Celebrating.
Participants are forming the line to pitch their ideas now