Our Tech Zone at the 16th annual NW Youth Careers Expo will once again feature some of the most vibrant and innovative technology firms in the Northwest. Our tech exhibitors at the March 10, 2020 event will include Amazon Web Services, Intel, Microsoft, and for the second year in a row, TechTown PDX featuring professionals from tech companies in and around Portland. Students can also learn about technology and STEM programs at multiple colleges and institutes.
Amazon Web Services: Amazon Web Services joined forces in 2015 with Portland-based Elemental Technologies, a company that makes software that allows videos to stream online. (The late Sam Blackman, Elemental’s co-founder and CEO, was a former Portland Public Schools student.) AWS clients include ESPN, Comcast, HBO, the BBC and many others. Amazon Web Services is a Diamond sponsor for the 2020 Expo.
TechTown PDX: Powered by Prosper Portland, this big exhibit will include Portland tech firms and organizations in and around Portland. Last year, the organizations included: Cloudability, Zapproved, New Relic, Autodesk, Cozy, Epicodus, eROI, Jama, Jaguar-Land Rover, Puppet, Learning.com, Prosper Portland, TAO, ThinkShout, Torch, Treehouse, Simple, Worksystems, and more!
Intel: The leading computer chip developer is a sponsor and Oregon’s largest private employer with nearly 20,000 workers. It’s a major driver of the state’s economy from its base in Hillsboro. Intel is a Gold sponsor for the 2020 Expo.
Microsoft: The software giant based in Washington is a popular exhibitor with immersive hands-on demonstrations and information about a variety of careers in technology. Microsoft is our Wi-Fi sponsor.
Portland Community College: PCC, a Platinum sponsor, will feature its computer information systems program.
Mt. Hood Community College: MHCC, a Gold sponsor, will feature its business and computer information systems program.
Make sure to check out Clackamas Community College, Oregon Institute of Technology, sourceU (a new program at Warner Pacific University), and more!
Students should keep in mind that technology is a growing part of every major sector: Many exhibitors, such as Wieden+Kennedy and Oregon Health & Science University, rely on tech-savvy employees and cutting-edge technology to grow. Students who develop software savvy and technical skills in high school and college will dramatically increase their luck in the job market after graduation.
The nonprofit Portland Workforce Alliance works year-round with businesses in every sector to provide career-learning opportunities for high school students. Research shows that students who have the opportunity to learn about careers while they are in high school are more likely to graduate, continue their education and find satisfying careers.