OCTOBER 8, 2015 TOUR BEGINS AT 9:00 AM AT PVCC’S EARL DICKINSON CENTER
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA October 7, 2015 - The 2015 Tech Tour, a local event to introduce area middle and high school students to the dynamic high technology world that exists in the Charlottesville/Albemarle County metro region, kicks off Thursday, October 8 at PVCC’s Earl Dickinson Center.
Sponsored by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC), this day-long technology tour is aimed at exposing students to the challenging and diverse career possibilities offered by our regional technology community. It is designed to help them envision themselves as technology employees, professionals and entrepreneurs in the next wave of tech advancements in our area.
“The Tech Tour is a signature CBIC event that advances our mission of education in support of Charlottesville’s technology community, helping to accelerate technology innovation and entrepreneurship in the region,” said Tracey Greene, Executive Director of CBIC. “We are especially appreciative of our tech tour sponsors, representing organizations that understand the importance of STEM education to building the technology workforce. This year’s sponsors include Afton Scientific, Birch Studio, Cardboard Safari, the City of Charlottesville, coshxlabs, Coulter Translational Research Program in U.Va’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, Lexis Nexis, National Optronics, NeoVentus, PVCC and Virga Ventures and Woods Rogers.”
Students representing 23 regional schools will spend the day traveling to 72 selected companies for hands-on visits to meet employees and experience the use of technology in unique and specialized operations. Students will travel in groups of 10-15 to visit 3 different technology companies. This year’s tour features 21 companies that have never before participated in the Tech Tour and represent technologies ranging from on-line maternity care to drop-in biohacking space to digital marketing.
Participating organizations include the Center for Open Science, FireEye, the i.Lab, Indoor Biotechnologies, LUMI Juice, Relay Foods, Silverchair and Willowtree Apps, among others. A complete list of companies can be found on the newly introduced, interactive Tech Tour Map created by Alleyway Consulting, LLC available at http://techtour.cvilleinnovation.org/. Arrangements can be made for media to follow a tour for the day or join one in progress.
All participating students will be eligible to apply for two $2,500 scholarships for the purpose of continuing education. CBIC’s Tech Tour Scholarship Program continues the non-profit organization’s ongoing commitment to growing the future technology-based workforce. Since 2003, CBIC has granted $33,000 in scholarships to local students. The most recent scholarship recipients, Sophie, a senior at Western Albemarle High School, and Cullen Godbold, a senior at Holy Trinity Homeschool, will be special guests-of-honor at the 9 am kick-off session.
As the region's technology council, CBIC promotes innovation and entrepreneurship and supports growth and success among the Charlottesville region's technology-focused organizations. CBIC provides a forum for ideas and a collective voice on behalf of the technology sector. Through collaborative partnerships, educational resources and strategic relationships, CBIC enhances, publicizes, and champions technology initiatives that strengthen economic and social vitality in our area. For more information, please visit our website at CvilleInnovation.org, follow us on Twitter at @CBICouncil and follow the 2015 CBIC Tech Tour #CBICTechTour.
Tech Tour Chair
CBIC Executive Director