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!
Despite the challenges that our students faced with virtual learning this past semester they were able to create outstanding projects and we couldn’t be more proud of their commitment and dedication to learning!
The top prizes in AOT’s Tech Flex Leaders program went to:
See the summaries of the winning student groups below. For more information on any of these projects, or to learn more about our programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
1st Place - Recharge Shelter
Team Members: Afifa Tanisa, Leah Espinal, Victor Aromose, Amy Chen
Recharge Shelter focuses on helping those who have been displaced transition into permanent housing. They have two unique services aimed at helping the homeless feel welcomed and loved, aimed at helping create a smooth and easy transition into permanent housing. Check out their website!
2nd Place - Healthy Homes Alliance
Team Members: Katherine Tipan, Johanna Akakpo, Venessa Meduka, Hildari Catalino, Isha Kabba, Lisbeth Palacios
Healthy Homes Alliance is dedicated to mobilizing schools, families, and communities to create healthier environments for children to grow up in. They want to make healthy habits a part of these children’s lifestyles while growing up. They educate parents and create action plans to help implement better nutrition and reduce various health problems. Check out their website!
3rd Place - TechArts NYC
Team Members: Dolapo Akinola, Naomi Santos, Makia Brandt
This mission of TechArts NYC is to promote the merging of technology and the performing arts. They hope to use the performing arts as a platform to expose and engage performers to visual arts technology. They want to break the mindset that arts and computer technology are mutually exclusive. Check out their website!