Are you or do you know a NYC high school student interested in mobile technology and entrepreneurship? As part of NYCEDC’s focus on fostering talent in the City’s growing technology sector, NYCEDC and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) are piloting NYC Generation Tech during the summer and fall of 2012. This new technology, entrepreneurship and mentorship program will serve promising high school students from across New York City who are presently facing disadvantages.
The program is structured around the following four components:
- Summer Tech Bootcamp: During a two-week intensive “bootcamp,” about 30 students from NYC high schools will work in teams to develop a mobile app prototype, using MIT App Inventor, that aims to improve the quality of education or quality of life in the City for other NYC students. Participants will learn about entrepreneurship and gain exposure to NYC’s tech ecosystem.
- Fall Sessions: During the fall, students will attend nine weeknight sessions to further explore topics in entrepreneurship and technology, finalize their mobile apps, and develop a pitch presentation and short business plan with the help of instructors and mentors.
- Business Plan Competition & Awards Ceremony: In December 2012, students will demo and pitch their finished apps and business plans to a panel of judges from the technology and venture capital community. Winning teams receive cash prizes and all students will be honored at an awards ceremony.
- Mentorship & Enterprise Discovery: Students will receive mentorship from local tech professionals and undergraduate and graduate students. Students will also visit NYC tech companies, startups, and incubators to speak to entrepreneurs and be exposed to various entrepreneurial environments.
Visit the NYC Generation Tech website to apply for the program and learn more. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 20th.
Related reading: “NYC Generation Tech aims to turn high schoolers into techies” (CNET)