2015 Bay Area Field Trip and Opportunity Fair

Presented by:

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Event Summary


  • What:  The Field Trip and Opportunity Fair is an exploratory event for high school students studying computer science through the TEALS program. The event provides a venue for students to learn more about the varied and exciting college and career pathways in computer science. There will be speakers from the Silicon Valley tech community, product demos, and activities. We aim to excite students about the different opportunities that result from pursuing computer science.
  • When: Monday March 23rd, 2015. 9:00am – 2:30pm
  • Where: UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens St., San Francisco
  • Who: High school students who have been learning computer science (CS) through TEALS, are invited to attend. A large number of local companies, universities, and organizations will participate.

Program Elements:

Computer Science Opportunity Fair

Engineers from Bay Area 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!

Speaker Panel

Students will hear from a panel featuring a diverse group of technologists and entrepreneurs who will discuss how computer science and technology have propelled their careers and opened up opportunities. 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 ahead of time and prepare appropriate questions for Q&A during the sessions.


This session will be a journey into the entrepreneurial thinking that powers the hackathon hacker way of life. Steve Jobs started everything in analog, which means “on paper!” And so will we! We will begin with an ice-breaker in which we practice pitching ideas. Then we will move into working on ideation and creating a fundamental structure for solving problems using the customer development model. Lastly, we will all create the fundamental groundwork that y’all can take home with you to begin building your hack ideas!


8:30am – 9:30am: Registration and arrival

9:30am – 10:15am: Welcome and keynote

10:15am – 11:15am:
Group 1 Opportunity Fair
Group 2 Workshop

11:15am – 12:15pm:
Group 1 Workshop
Group 2 Opportunity Fair

12:15pm – 1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm:
Speaker Panel: “Opportunities in Computer Science”

2:00pm – 2:30pm: Closeout

2:30pm: Depart


  • Schools are responsible for securing their own transportation to and from the event. The venue has a location where buses can drop off students (there is no bus parking directly on site so buses will need to wait elsewhere) and there are also multiple public transportation options nearby.
  • Every student in attendance will need to bring with them a signed photo release form from a parent or guardian. This form will be their ticket into the event. No student will be allowed to enter the conference center without a signed form.


  • Pamela Fox, Computing Curriculum Lead, Khan Academy
  • Ishmael Philip, CTO and Co Founder, CTRL LA
  • Justin Brezhnev, Executive Director / The Cat, Hacker Fund
  • Jennifer Arguello, Senior Tech Advisor, Kapor Center for Social Impact
  • Oliver Wilkie, Software Engineer, Square
  • Can Coler, Senior Software Engineer, Oracle
  • Amandine Lee, Software Engineer, Dropbox
  • Randy Riggins, Sr. Engineering Manager, Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • Kisha Rikhi, CS Undergraduate, San Jose State University
  • Jeremy Rossmann, Founder, Make School
  • Thea Nilsson, Civic Engagement Manager, Microsoft

Opportunity Fair Participants

Sign up for a booth at the Opportunity Fair here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/tealsbaypresenters
Logistical Information for Booth Presenters: http://www.tealsk12.org/events/y2015/fieldtrip/bayarea/presenters/



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