Youth Technology HACK-A-THON

Education & Career Conference & Exposition


This year’s conference celebrated the theme, Local Innovation Leads To Global Opportunity, and featured sessions on careers in technology (“21st Century Jobs”). A panel of representatives from the New York City Mayor’s Office of International Affairs (Director of Economic Development, Loren Nadres), The City College Of New York (President, Vincent G. Boudreau), Metropolitan Transit Authority (Senior Manager, People & Business Transformation, Cherise Myers), Hormel Foods (Director Of Sales, Joseph O’Connor), Silicon Harlem (CEO, Clayton Banks), Injoy Enterprises (CEO, Marko Nobles), and HARLEM WEEK (Executive Director, Winston Majette), discussed digital innovation, and how it has and is transforming their respective fields. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer offered remarks on the importance of young Americans in technology fields.

Local youth competed in the annual Hack-A-Thon. This year, students were challenged to propose a technological solution to alleviate poverty, increase civic engagement, encourage good health, eliminate vermin, or promote economic growth though tourism. Gift bags were awarded to winning teams.