NYC Computer Science Opportunity Fair 2015

Inspiring NYC’s next generation of computer scientists.


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 Fair provides a venue for students to learn 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: Monday March 16th, 2015. 9:00am – 3:00pm (schools will be assigned staggered arrival and departure times)
  • Where: Lerner Hall at Columbia University (Broadway b/w 114th and 115th)
  • Who: 1,100 NYC high school students who have been learning computer science (CS) through TEALS, SEP and other youth technology programs are invited to attend. Over 75 companies, universities, and organizations will participate. The event is presented by Microsoft TEALS and the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC) to cultivate the next generation of computer science and technology talent in NYC. Generous support is provided by AOL, Facebook, and Two Sigma.

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.


This year’s presenters include…

Morning Panels

Moderated by: Devindra Hardawar (Sr. Editor, Engadget)
John Henry (Director of Strategy, cofound/harlem)
Maddy Maxey (Thiel Fellow – CEO/Founder, The CRATED)
Gerard O’Neill (Software Engineer, Etsy – Instructor, General Assembly)
Serkan Piantino (Site Director, Facebook New York)
Chris Wiggins (Chief Data Scientist, NYTimes – Assoc. Professor, Columbia U)
Suzanne Xie (Founder/CEO, Hullabalu)
David Yang (CEO, Fullstack Academy)

Afternoon Panels

Moderated by: Marcus Mitchell (Sr. Engineering Director, Google)
Jessica Banks (CEO/Founder, RockPaperRobot)
Avi Flombaum (Dean/Co-Founder, The Flatiron School)
Bill Pence (Exec VP/CTO, AOL)
Kelsey Recht (Founder, VenueBook)
Hoop Somuah (Principal Software Design Engineer, Microsoft)
Robert Ying (CS Undergrad, Columbia U)

For full speaker bios please click here.



  • AOL
  • Codesters, Inc.
  • Etsy
  • Facebook
  • Floored Inc
  • Google
  • IBM
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Jozii LLC
  • Kickstarter
  • Microsoft
  • NYTimes
  • onTarget Technologies Inc
  • PhotoShelter
  • Stack AI
  • TreSensa
  • Two Sigma
  • Vidcode
  • Viridis Learning
  • Yext


  • Columbia University Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Columbia University, Computer Science
  • CUNY- City University of New York
  • CUNY – Graduate Center
  • NYU Courant
  • NYU Game Center
  • NYU Poly
  • Pace University


  • All Star Code
  • Dream it. Code it. Win it.
  • FIRST Robotics
  • Flatiron School
  • Girls Who Code
  • Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
  • NYC Parks and Recreation – Computer Resource Centers
  • The Flatiron School
  • The Knowledge House

Maker Booths

  • Maker-State
  • Makery