Tech Triangle U now in session
Tech Triangle U is officially in full swing today with students doing drop-in visits to local companies and incubators as part of Open Office Week.
Events taking place all this week are aimed at connecting the tech, creative, and academic communities in Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The whole series is being spearheaded by the Brooklyn Tech Triangle coalition and area colleges and take place along two tracks: the first is geared toward student career and development, teaching students how to navigate the world of networking, tech startups, and post-graduate plans; the second track is an Entrepreneurship Symposium, which showcases college research, scholars, and thought leaders to a broader audience base.
The keynote event is a Tech All-Stars panel with big names like Chad Dickerson of Etsy, Alexis Ohanian of reddit and author of “Without Their Permission,” Bre Pettis of MakerBot, and Aaron Shapiro of Huge. Moderated by WNYC’s “New Tech City” host Manoush Zomorodi, the panel will explore the topic of innovation in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, and what colleges can do to keep up. Following the keynote event, panels comprised of faculty from the participating colleges will explore topics related to big data, biotech, design and construction, business legal issues, and best practices for startups.
Tomorrow, the first event of the Student Career Sessions is a Flash Networking Kick-off happy hour for college and professional students, where participants will get networking tips at a “speed dating” workshop led by the Startup Institute and the chance to interact with nearly a dozen companies based in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle.
Additional panels geared toward students feature tech company representatives and recent graduates sharing their experiences landing a job in the innovation economy. The panel of six alumni hailing from Downtown Brooklyn colleges represents a truly diverse crop. Hear from an interactive producer who works at Conde Nast, a creative strategist from BuzzFeed, the founder of a beauty subscription service, an associate counsel at Tough Mudder, the founder of Digital DUMBO, and the founder of a fashion agency.
Finally, as Tech Triangle U’s capstone event, the Mentorship Hackathon, co-organized with mobile app company TENDIGI, will bring together students and professionals to create apps. Experienced developers, programmers, and designers will coach teams of college and professional students to build a functional app in just one weekend, from April 25 to 27. The event is open to students of all experience levels interested in programming and designing for iOS, Android, or Web. And for non-developers, a business planning competition will bring non-technical students into the folds. Students with a background or interest in business development, strategy, PR, and marketing are more than welcome to participate.
It’s not too late to take part. Check out the full Tech Triangle U line-up here and RSVP today.