Last night’s NYC Generation Tech session at Google’s NYC office brought together high school students and professionals from the tech world in an inspiring setting.
The night began with guest speakers from Google who provided a history and overview of the company’s vision. Amber Hampton - a user experience researcher and previous GenTech mentor - kicked it off with a slide on “doing cool things that matter.” She cited Google’s ubiquity in day-to-day life (from search to maps). Alex Chu, a Google software engineer, gave remarks on his role at Google testing products.
NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball also paid a visit, speaking on the importance of cultivating top tech talent to keep the city’s economy competitive. After dinner in Google’s cafeteria with the students, he provided feedback to some of the teams pitching their business.
NYCGenTech’s challenge for the students is to create an app that improves education or city life for students in New York City. Titled the ‘My City, My Schools Challenge’, each student plays a a specific role on his/her team- President, Operations Officer, Lead Engineer, Data Specialist, or Marketing Officer - simulating that of an actual company. Students then demo their completed app and pitch it at Demo Night on September 19th for a first place prize of $5,000.
There are nine apps in the running and they tackle a wide range of issues. From Healthr, a social health game encouraging a healthier lifestyle in teenagers, to NYCLoop, an event-finding app for young adults, the ideas are judged on both presentation and functionality of the app. Check out all nine apps here.
Amber Hampton, a former GenTech mentor, says the best part of the program is seeing the progress students make.
“To see how much improvement is made from idea inception to the final presentation is amazing,” she said.
Be sure to check out nycgenerationtech.com/ for more information on the program and upcoming events.
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