Generation Tech – Jersey City
October 27, 2017
Technology for Social Good, Diversity & Inclusion
On Friday, October 27th, the Orange Public Schools participated in the Generation Tech event hosted in Jersey City. Generation Tech is a design-based technology challenge where students, ages 14-18, work in groups to create a technical solution for a social good challenge using a wire-framing/prototyping tool. Generation Tech is designed to inspire students to consider a Career or Education Path in Computer Science.
The event hosted 91 students from a mix of 12 high schools from the Jersey City and the Orange Public School system. Supporting the students and event every step of the way were 42 dedicated JPMorgan Chase volunteers playing the roles of Team Captains, Presentation Judges and General Event Support. Ms. Toacca Rutherford kicked off the event on Friday afternoon to an audience of students, parents, teachers and chaperones who were eager to get started with solving the social good challenges.
The students were presented with four technical challenges, presented by The Chopra Foundation, Family Promise, International Rescue Committee and Six Degrees. Teams of 4-6 students worked on prototypes for several hours before presenting to the nonprofits and a panel of judges. Teams A and O were the runner ups designing technical solutions in an effort to assist the following nonprofits: Family Promise – Team A created a mobile application for Case Managers to easily reach out to families to provide information, assistance, referrals, share opportunities or direct them to other resources; and International Rescue Committee (IRC) –Team O designed a mobile application for staff of IRC to use while they travel in high risk environments.
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