Saratoga, CA, June 13, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- On Saturday, June 10th, the 3rd Annual Silicon Valley YouthTech Day, hosted by San Jose Library and the Silicon Valley Coders Club, was held in San Jose at the Seven Trees Community Center. The Silicon Valley Coders Club (www.SiliconValleyCoders) was founded in in 2015 by then Sophomore Saratoga High School student Shivaum Kumar. Middle school and high school students converged for a day of shared learning and got inspired by hi-tech leaders of Silicon Valley. These students interacted with local industry leaders and executives to learn about upcoming tech trends and innovative business plans.
Silicon Valley’s Youth Tech Day brings together speakers from a variety of different careers, such as engineering, business, and politics, to chat about technology in a fun, interactive format. Both middle school and high school students participate in Tech Day, and they learn how to present their ideas to each other as well as develop them into start-up prototypes/ products. Some of the students, who are working on their own start-up, even pitched their ideas to a team of judges that rate the teams in various formats. The winning team received seed money for their start-up. This was a wonderful opportunity for the Silicon Valley youth to review and learn from the startup projects of over 50 youth startup teams, converging from 8 locations of the Silicon Valley Coders club for a half day of learning.
The keynote speaker of the event was Sam Liccardo, the San Jose city mayor. The event chair is Saratoga High School student Shivaum Kumar. Mayor Liccardo is not the only speaker that was present. The impressive group of entrepreneurs willing to lend their expertise to the tech-savvy youth of today were the following:
Women in Technology panel: Girls In Stem Program - Why Not!
Dr. Laura Mather, CEO Unitive
Reena Gupta, CEO Target Recruit
Shalini Govi-Pai, Director and Global Head, Product Solutions, YouTube
Shruthi Rao, VP Strategic Alliances, FeedzAI
Dr Ranu Sinha, Former Professor Santa Clara University (Moderator)
Industry executives panel: What Is Exciting About Hi-Tech In Silicon Valley
Guy Brundson, Cisco Systems, Director, Product Management & Technical Marketing at Cisco
Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO Pulse Secure
Ellen Brigham, VP Product Marketing, Ghangor Cloud
Vipin Jain, Founder CEO 6dBytes
Amit Seth, CEO Affinity Solutions (Moderator)
Silicon Valley elected leaders panel: Hi-Tech Policy Making...Silicon Valley Thriving
Congressman Ro Khanna (CD-17)
Senator Jim Beall (SD-15)
Assemblymember Kansen Chu (AD-25)
Assemblymember Ash Kalra (AD-27)
Councilmember Rishi Kumar, Saratoga (Moderator)
Startup Pitch Fest: Pitch To Win Grand Finale
Youth entrepreneurs from all Coders club locations pitched in front of a VC (venture capitalist) panel of judges and competed for best prototype/project - the winner took $1,000 and additional VC funding. The judges were:
Amit Seth, President, Affinity Solutions
Archana Kulkarni, Developer, Channel Management Solutions
Avi Bhatnagar, Director Marketing/Strategy, WhiteHat Security
Gary Tasser, Chief Numbers Officer, Beyond Numbers
Lochan Narvekar, Director Data Management, Infoblox
Madhan Rangaswamy, Chief Scientist, IOT / Smart City Startup
Milind Gokarn, CEO Selectiva
Monish Suvarna, CEO Stealth Startup
Seema Giri, Product Management Consultant
Sreeram Pydah, CEO MEDantex
The event also was sure to empower young girls and women who are looking into a career related with the tech industry. As listed above, one of the first parts of the event featured a panel of women entrepreneurs who have found success in their field and who encouraged young women interested in technology and coding careers to stay on the engineering path. Furthermore, because a variety of industries were represented at Tech Day, students were sure to find a mentor to speak to that helped guide them on their path to future successes. No matter if a student were interested in technology, business, politics, management, or more, they were sure to find someone whose interests aligned with theirs and who could help them find numerous opportunities to succeed.
For more information on the event, please see siliconvalleycoders.org.