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Applications to GenTech’s Summer 2014 Program are now available. Click here to start your application today!

Priority Application Deadline:  5:00PM EST, Fri, April 4, 2014

Regular Application Deadline:  5:00PM EST, Fri, May 2, 2014

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Read more about GenTech in these articles! For media inquiries, email us.

About Us

Developed by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), GenTech aims to:

  1. Grow youth interest and activity in the business, entrepreneurship, and technology sectors
  2. Connect students with existing networks of NYC tech entrepreneurs, start-ups, universities, tech companies, and venture capitalists
  3. Empower students through real-world skill development in the areas of computer programming, problem solving, opportunity recognition, and leadership

Summer Programming

In a two-week tech-entrepreneurship “bootcamp”, students learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship; develop basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; and form teams to develop a mobile app and business plan aimed at improving education or the quality of city life for NYC students. Following the bootcamp, students will continue to develop their coding skills while building out their apps and business plan during weekly classroom sessions and twice-weekly evening mentoring sessions from July-August.

MENTORING & ENTERPRISE DISCOVERY

During the bootcamp, students receive mentorship from undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in business and technology. After the bootcamp, each student team is paired with a small team of Tech Mentors from industry-leading tech and business organizations. Tech Mentors provide support, insight, and guidance to students during evening mentoring sessions. Mentoring sessions are held at various tech-related companies throughout NYC.

DEMO NIGHT & AWARDS CEREMONY

On September 19, 2013, students demo and pitch their finished apps and business plans to a panel of prominent judges from the technology, venture capitalist, and educational communities. Members of the winning team receive cash prizes and all students are honored at an awards ceremony. Last year’s judges included senior leaders from Tumblr, Microsoft, New York Angels, FirstMark Capital, Birchbox, and Next Generation Broadband.

Hackathons

In February and April, GenTech students will participate in hackathons alongside professional developers and designers so that students can further develop skills in coding and design, gain more experience of working with tech professionals, and continue to build a network within the tech and startup sectors. High school students who did not participate during GenTech’s summer programming are invited to attend and be introduced to the local tech scene.

Click here to download a flyer about our Spring Break Game Jam on April 12-13.  Click here to register for the event. We hope to see you there!

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The Challenge

GenTech students will work in teams of five with the help of college-aged and adult mentors to build an original Android mobile app using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PhoneGap.  This year’s My City, My Schools Challenge is to create app that, “improves education or city life for students in New York City.”  Students will demo their completed app and pitch their business idea at Demo Night on September 19th for a first place prize of $5,000.

Check out the nine mobile apps that this year’s students are creating for the My City, My Schools Challenge!

For more information about applying to GenTech, check out our

FAQ page for students or email our Recruitment Team at NYCGenerationTech@nfte.com.

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