NYC Computer Science Opportunity Fair 2014

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Honeybee Robotics presents to students at the 2014 NYC CS Fair
Honeybee Robotics presents to students at the 2014 NYC CS Fair
  • What: The Computer Science Opportunity Fair is an exploratory event for NYC public school students studying computer science. The goal is to provide a venue for students to learn more about the varied and exciting college and career paths in computer science. There will be speakers from the NYC tech community, product demos and activities. We aim to excite students about the different career opportunities that result from the CS pathway.
  • When: Friday May 30th, 2014. 9:30am – 2:45pm (schools will be assigned staggered arrival and departure times)
  • Where: Microsoft, 11 Times Square, 6th Floor
  • Who: Over400 high school students from around NYC who have been learning computer science (CS) through TEALS and other youth technology programs are invited to attend. Over 25 companies, universities, and organizations will participate. The event is powered by TEALS, CSNYC, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation to cultivate the next generation of computer science and technology talent in NYC.

Program Elements:

Computer Science Opportunity Fair

Engineers from NYC tech companies, game studios, college CS departments, and  STEM non-profits will host information booths, share their experiences, demo their latest products and developments, and answer student questions. Students may even walk away with handouts and swag!

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A panel discussion featuring a diverse group of technologists and entrepreneurs will discuss how computer science and technology have propelled their careers. The speakers represent career paths, projects, and industries, demonstrating that computer science is relevant to all types of careers, from fashion to social media to health! Students are encouraged to research the participants and prepare appropriate questions for the Q&A session during the panel.


Lunch will be provided for all participants. During lunch, students are encouraged to eat with presenters from the fair and engage in deeper conversations about computer science, college, career paths, and other interests.

Note: Participating schools will be split into groups A and B prior to the event based on their distance and bell schedule.

Group A (half of students)

Group B (half of students)

9:30 – 10:00 Arrive/Register
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome
10:15 – 10:45 Opportunity Fair Arrive/Register
10:45 – 11:30 Welcome, Speaker Panel
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch (food provided)
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch (food provided)
12:30 – 1:00 Speaker Panel
1:00 – 1:45 Opportunity Fair
1:45 – 2:00 Wrap-up and Raffle
2:00 – 2:15 Depart
2:15 – 2:30 Wrap-up and Raffle
2:30 – 2:45 Depart


What was it like last year? This is the first time this event has happened in NYC. Below are some words and images documenting last year’s similar event in Redmond, WA.

Information for Booth Hosts

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Information for Schools

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Speakerspanel audience - luperon

Charles Best (Founder/CEO –
Soraya Darabi (Co-Founder – Zady)
Vanessa Hurst (Founder – CodeMontage, GirlDevelopIt, DevelopersForGood)
David Karp (Founder/CEO – Tumblr)
Melissa Lafsky Wall (Founder – Brickwall Media, Former Editor – Newsweek)
Steve Martocci (Founder – Splice, Co-Founder – GroupMe)
Maddy Maxey (Thiel Fellow, Founder –
Jean-Luc Neptune (Former SVP – Health 2.0)
Serkan Piantino (Site Director – Facebook NYC)
Ryan Prichard (CTO – Knewton)
Fred Wilson (Managing Partner – Union Sq. Ventures, Board Chairman – CSNYC)
Saron Yitbarek (Hacker in Residence – New York Tech Meetup)



  • Buzzfeed
  • Etsy
  • Floored Inc
  • Gilt
  • Honeybee Robotics
  • Kapitall
  • Microsoft
  • The Microsoft Store
  • The New York Times
  • TreSensa Games
  • Yext


  • Brooklyn College
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell Tech
  • CUNY
  • NYU CS Department
  • NYU School of Engineering Integrated Digital Media


  • All Star Code
  • Coding4Success
  • GenTech
  • Girls Who Code
  • The Knowledge House
  • MakerState
  • New York Tech Meetup
  • oSTEM