On Thursday, June 2, 2022, AOT hosted a graduation ceremony for students in the Los Angeles cohort who successfully completed the Tech Flex Leaders program. Parents, AOT staff, and community members were in attendance as our graduates presented their final projects and were awarded plaques for their commitment and hard work.
America On Tech announces the appointment of Joe Crescitelli, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Executive Vice President of Technical Operations at NBCUniversal, to its national board of directors.
About Joe Crescitelli
Joe Crescitelli was named Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Executive Vice President of Technical Operations in September 2021. As CIO, Crescitelli leads the information technology organization, overseeing global IT operations, infrastructure, applications and strategy. He also continues to oversee the technical operations organization, responsible for supporting the management, distribution, and monetization of NBCUniversal’s content and media assets.
Crescitelli, a 20-year veteran of NBCUniversal, was Executive Vice President of Technical Operations, where he’s led major strategic initiatives including transforming the enterprise content supply chain and transitioning broadcast, cable, digital and video on demand technical operations into a scaled, geo-diverse origination ecosystem. Recently, his team spearheaded the launch of the company’s UHD channel distribution capability and supported the content supply chain requirements for Peacock. He has also supported NBCUniversal’s ability to deliver the highest-quality distribution of major live events, including coverage of multiple elections, Olympics and Super Bowls.
Crescitelli is a graduate of Marist College and lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.
Today we are excited to share some BIG news - America On Tech is expanding its programs to Miami this summer! This will mark our third location in our national expansion alongside New York City and Los Angeles, and we are thrilled to be able to continue to grow our reach and provide our programs to more underestimated students across the United States.
We're excited to announce America on Tech's 2022 Alumni Council! The Alumni Council, an initiative started in 2020 to serve AOT's growing alumni network, helps lead alumni programming by creating and fostering a close knit and connected community. Members of the council work together to lead initiatives that meet their peers' academic and professional needs, including events, educational initiatives, and engagement opportunities. Through a competitive application process, 11 leaders were selected to serve on the 2022 Alumni Council.
Along with hosting meaningful professional and networking events, the Alumni Council members will make recommendations to AOT leadership concerning a variety of matters impacting the AOT alumni community. They will also serve as leaders and liaisons to AOT's growing alumni network, with the overall mission of fostering community and creating pathways into technology careers.
Our Alumni Council represents AOT's belief that the young people we serve are leaders who should be directly involved in organizational governance. Serving on the Council allows our young people to further develop their professional and leadership skills, while shaping the way AOT serves its current and previous students. We are very excited for all they will do to support our America On Tech alumni community. Meet our new leaders below!
On Thursday, December 9, 2021, students in America On Tech’s Los Angeles TFL Program competed in a Demo Day Competition to showcase their final web development projects.
The Tech Flex Leaders (TFL) Program is an immersive out-of-school time program for juniors and seniors enrolled in a Los Angeles high school. This program engages students interested in technology through:
For the 2021 TFL Fall semester, students learned how to code through web development, mastering HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap. As a final project, students were placed in teams of 2-4 and provided a mock small business client brief, along with mini lessons about being a technology consultant and pitching/presenting an idea or project. Students then developed a website according to their mock small business client brief and each TFL cohort had its own preliminary competition to advance one team to compete in the Demo Day Competition. The five teams that advanced to the Demo Day Competition demoed their projects and the top three teams were chosen by tech executive judges.
On December 9, 2021 America On Tech held its first in-person Demo Day event since fall 2019!
Prior to this event, students in America On Tech’s Tech Flex Leaders program learned the fundamentals of web design and development from industry experts based in NYC. Over the course of 10 weeks, students learned the basics of HTML and CSS, developed their professional skill sets, and explored industry aligned coding tools. For the final project of the semester, students were placed in teams of 4-6 and provided a mock non-profit client brief, along with mini lessons about being a technology consultant and pitching/presenting an idea or project. Students developed a website according to their mock non-profit client brief and each cohort had its own preliminary competition leading up to our fall 2021 Demo Day, where the top 5 teams across all cohorts competed to determine a winner. Today we are featuring those winners in our blog!
America On Tech’s Demo Day was a celebration of achievement that showcased and brought to life the projects of students to an audience of corporate partners, parents/guardians of our Tech Flex Leaders, students, and a greater community of business and technology professionals, passionate about creating pathways for the next generation of innovators. The event was hosted by Kylie Repasy, National Program Director at America On Tech, and special remarks were given by Evin Robinson, co-founder of AOT, and Jessica Ahialey, an AOT alumna and peer mentor. Throughout the evening, students had an opportunity to demo their projects to event attendees, pitching in front of a live audience of about 50 people, and a virtual Zoom audience. Our panel of judges included Dana Pouwels, Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase & Co., Ray Estevez, Chief Information Officer at True Influence, and Sallie Jian, Director at SAP.io. A special thank you to TFL Program Managers Stefanie Reyes and Abrar Hasnat. It is thanks to them that the event was such a success and that students were so prepared!
America on Tech Selected by the Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Initiative to Advance Social and Economic Opportunity
America on Tech (AOT) was selected by Citi Foundation as a recipient of the Community Progress Makers initiative, which supports visionary organizations across the U.S. that are working to connect low-income communities and communities of color to greater social and economic opportunity. As a Community Progress Maker, AOT will receive a multi-year, unrestricted grant of $500,000 and access to technical assistance and a supportive learning community from 2022 – 2023.
On Monday, November 8, 2021 and Tuesday, November 9, 2021, America on Tech partnered with Snap Inc. to host a career day for the LA and NYC Tech Flex Leaders, respectively. Snap Inc. is a camera and social media company that develops and maintains Snapchat, Spectacles, and Bitmoji. The event was part of Snap Inc.’s World Kindness Week initiative.
Evin Robinson, Co-Founder & President of America On Tech, Selected as a 2021 GLG Social Impact Fellow
On November 17, 2021, GLG announced our Co-Founder and President, Evin Robinson, as a member of its new class of Social Impact Fellows. The fellowship is comprised of 10 social sector leaders advancing innovative solutions to the world’s most urgent problems. The GLG Social Impact Fellowship, now in its eighth year, provides pro bono access to GLG’s platform and full suite of products through a multi-year partnership.
On October 19, 2021, The Roddenberry Foundation announced our Co-founder and CEO, Jessica Santana, as one of the members of its 2022 Fellowship cohort. Through her participation, America On Tech (AOT) will receive a $50K award.