14 May First Youth Tech Summit Brings In The Buzz

Photo Apr 27, 2 27 13 PMThe inaugural Miami Caribbean Code Youth Tech Summit, better known on social media as #YTS2015 was an ultimate success with a packed venue of over 200 students from Miami Dade schools including Miami Jackson Senior High, Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High, Miami Northwestern, North Miami Middle, Miami Spring Senior High, Urban League of Broward, I Am One Youth and Young Adults, and I-Tech Academy. A five-hour summit felt like only a few hours as MC of the event Cassandra Henriquez, success coach and founder of InspireMany.com, pumped up the crowd with island music and dancing in between introducing out guest speakers.

Special guests included Matt Haggman, Program Director of the Knight Foundation, Doctor Teneka Steed, senior statistician for NASA and the Ohio Aerospace Institute, and Captian Irving Bennington, the youngest Afro-Caribbean pilot to fly solo around the globe. A speakers inspired students to begin researching the fields and industries they would like to work in and follow their passion regardless of the struggles they face.

Apart from hearing inspiring words about STEAM industries, students were given the opportunity to get hands on experience during their breakout session workshops. One of the most coveted sessions was the interactive robot tutorial provided by Miami Dade County Public Schools STEM office where students entered commands for the robot to act out including tai chi and “hello” in multiple languages. Students were also able to get an up-close encounter with an innovative 3-D printer being used for the latest medical and engineering research to replace actual devices and organs.

You can’t have a tech summit without extensive social media coverage, right? Equipped with Galaxy Note 4 phones courtesy of Sprint, Youth Tech Summit volunteers got a taste of live social media streaming by capturing dynamic moments from the summit for the Miami Caribbean Code live-twitter feed and encouraged attendees to capture their own moments tagging #YTS2015.

Media attended the Youth tech Summit including IslandTV and The Miami Times and interviewed attendees, the Miami Caribbean Code team, and special guests. Towards the end of the summit, Miami Caribbean Code co-founders Eveline Pierre and Serge Rodriguez received a proclamation from the Dade County School Board to honor their initiatives in the community.

Our first Youth Tech Summit has already generated buzz and we are excited to continue fulfilling our mission of bringing Miami youth and Caribbeans up to code! For an update on future events visit our events page.