In November 2018, New Hampshire celebrated its first Technology Month. The month was kicked off by Governor Sununu, who delivered a formal proclamation of the month at the October Governor and Council meeting. Led by the NH Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI), this committee-driven, month-long program sought to cultivate interest, understanding and skills in diverse and growing career fields in technology, while convening stakeholders with the ability to develop creative ways to find and train talent on the skills needed in current and future technology workplaces.
The first ever Technology Month included an event calendar full of opportunities for people of all ages to celebrate the vibrant technology landscape in New Hampshire. The month highlighted programs from a number of different organizations throughout the state, including the Granite State User’s Group, the NH Tech Alliance, FIRST, Stay Work Play and many others. The planning committee had representation from the organizations hosting tech events and hopes that the 2019 committee will attract additional volunteers looking to add unique technology programs to the lineup.
Granite State Code Camp
The Granite State User’s Group hosted the first annual Granite State Code Camp on November 3 at Manchester Community College. The free event targeted the local developer community and focused on software development. The event sold out with 40 presentations, 37 professional volunteer presenters, three #FuturePro high school coder volunteers, nearly a dozen sponsors and 150 attendees.
TechWomen Ambassador Week and FIRST Women in Science and Technology Forum
There were countless opportunities for students to learn more about careers in STEM through the NH Tech Alliance’s TechWomen Ambassador Week and the FIRST Women in Science and Technology Forum, which were held throughout the month. Between these two programs, more than 200 accomplished females in tech and STEM fields volunteered their time to share their experiences and careers through meaningful interactions with more than 1,000 female students.
NH TechFest was held in early November and featured exhibitors including the FBI, PROCON, Adaptive Tech, ReThink Robotics, Team Future, the Harvard Wyss MicroRobotics Lab, Plymouth State University Meteorology and others. Since 2009, NH TechFest has been showcasing exciting STEM occupations by inviting cutting-edge technology companies from New England to feature their innovations and ideas in a hands-on format for more than 400 middle and high school students from around the state.
The NH Tech Alliance’s annual TechOut competition provided an opportunity to celebrate NH’s entrepreneurial spirit during Technology Month. The startup event featured five finalists presenting before a live audience of over 250 people. The three winners of the competition were awarded a total of $300,000 in investment capital prizes.
Technology Internship and Career Fair
SPI and Stay Work Play partnered to host a Technology Internship and Career Fair at the end of November. The event also served as a soft launch of Stay Work Play’s New Hampshire Internship Guide. More than 50 internship and career seekers attended and networked with nearly a dozen employers from the NH tech community.
Looking toward next year: volunteers needed to plan 2nd annual NH Technology Month
The Technology Month planning committee is seeking to expand the 2019 technology month calendar to include additional events and tours for high school students interested in learning more about STEM employers.
If you are interested in participating, please contact SPI Technology Sector Advisor, Julie Demers at firstname.lastname@example.org.