AT&T Hudson Valley Youth Hack
Themes: Education leading to Employability. Professional Sustainability
October 12, 2019
Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh NY
Are you a creative thinker? A problem-solver? Are you concerned about issues related to the creation of new jobs, retention of workers, and the quality of life in our region? Do you have an idea to solve a problem related to the economics in the Hudson Valley, and our education-to-workforce pipeline?
If so, then join us for the First Annual Hudson Valley Tech Festival Hackathon and apply your creative thinking, problem solving and basic technical skills to help create new employment opportunities and even better quality of life in our region.
The theme for this “hackathon” is to focus on solving issues that have economic impact in the Hudson Valley through the better use of educational technology.
Participants will engage in brainstorming and rapid “virtual” prototyping. Over a few short hours, your team based hard work will be validated by available mentors to help prepare you to pitch your “hack” to our panel of judges.
A variety of awards will be provided based on how well each entry presents an underlying issue, the problem it creates, how you will solve the problem and the value your solution provides to our community.
What to expect
Education - Availability, Employability and Professional Sustainability
This Hackathon is a 7-hour brainstorming and idea-development competition to address these issues:
- Declining higher education student enrollment
- Disconnect between college programs and workforce skill requirements
- Limited continuous education opportunities
- Retention of top talent and students in our region
- and last but not the least: aren't you sick of seeing highly-skilled professionals commuting daily to NYC?
Multiple government initiatives have been launched to support new job creation, worker retention, and quality of life improvements here in the Hudson Valley... but who can do this better than you? Do you have an idea?
Do you have an idea? Educators, students, designers, developers, social workers, business specialists, and anyone else interested in developing solutions are encouraged to join us for this fantastic event!
We will spend the day reviewing the design-thinking process and exploring issues related to the workforce pipeline and professional sustainability, and then pitch ideas with the potential to improve conditions and issues people face on a daily basis in the Hudson Valley.
- join a project
- work together to create realistic solutions to problems
- brainstorm and highlight a specific problem related to the underlying issue
Your idea can be something simple, like making learning more engaging, or putting on an educational job fair at your school. Or it could be something complex, like creating a skill bank for a future-ready workforce.