By now we all know that the next generation of jobs will require technology and coding skills. We also know that many kids in junior high and high lose interest in math and the sciences. This is especially true for girls.
Three years ago, CEWeek NY and its partner Living in Digital Times looked at what we could do to help keep kids’ interested in pursuing tech careers. They created the Young Innovators to Watch awards to recognize outstanding students with innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit. The awards are given to NYC students (age 13-19) as a way having the tech industry give back to the city that hosts CE Week.
When you’re a teen, there’s nothing more exciting than getting recognition for your accomplishments. Each winner receives scholarship money and gear as a prize. There’s a special ceremony at the CE Week conference where students receive their prizes and then get to tour the CE Week show floor and meet the technology industry face to face. A group of educators, VCs and developers judge the awards.