Tech Tour

2017 Recap

2017 CBIC Tech Tour an Outstanding Success

The 2017 CBIC 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, wrapped up Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Students representing 22 regional schools spent the day traveling to 68 selected companies for hands-on visits to meet employees and experience the use of technology in unique and specialized operations. This year’s tour features the largest number of students participating in the Tech Tour’s history to visit companies involved with technologies ranging from machine learning and artificial intelligence to digital marketing to health informatics.

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Now in its 14th year, this day-long technology tour exposed students to the challenging and diverse career possibilities offered by our regional technology community. The tour is designed to help them envision themselves as technology employees, professionals and entrepreneurs in the next wave of tech advancements in our area.

We had an outstanding group of sponsors this year, representing organizations that understand the importance of STEM education to building the technology workforce. We want to thank each and every one of them, including Felton Group, City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, Data Science Institute at UVA, Innovation Policyworks, Astraea, Lexis Nexis, PVCC, Ting, NeoVentus, Virga Ventures, Afton Scientific, National Optronics, coshxlabs, Willowtree, Elder Research and Grit Coffee.

Participating organizations include the Center for Open Science, Borrowed & Blue, Moonlighting, the i.Lab at UVA, Tech Dynamism, Silverchair and Willowtree Apps, among numerous others.  A complete list of companies can be found on the interactive Tech Tour Map created by Alleyway Consulting, LLC available at http://techtour.cvilleinnovation.org/

 We were also excited to have members from HackCville join us during the opening program at PVCC to share how they get involved with tech-related entrepreneurship, internships and mentorship through their college experience.If you would like to get involved with the Tech Tour or need more information about this event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Introduction

Save the Date - 2017 CBIC Tech Tour will be on October 10

CBIC’s annual Tech Tour is a day-long event that introduces area middle and high school students to our region’s technology companies and exposes students to the diverse career possibilities offered by our regional technology community. The program is designed to help youth envision themselves as technology innovators. Nearly 100% volunteer driven, each annual tour organizes upwards of 400 area middle and high school students who visit more than 70 technology related companies and organizations in a single day!

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Tech Tour Scholarship

Every year, through the generosity of sponsors, CBIC awards two scholarships in the amount of $2500 each to students selected through the application process. Applications are open to junior and senior students that plan to pursue education beyond high school in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) and have attended at least one tech tour.

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Applications open now through January 31, 2018.

2017 Tech Tour Host Companies

Check out the Tech Tour interactive tour map at techtour.cvilleinnovation.org!

Tech Tour Feedback

"Holy Trinity had a great learning experience with Tech Tour yesterday. Our tour guides were energetic and enthusiastic about their work and really made an effort to relate to the students. The guides balanced teaching with hands-on learning and encouraged questions from the students. I really could have written this email every year that we have attended Tech Tour because we learn so much each time. Thank you for Tech Tour." - chaperone

"Thx for all your work!  @K12AlbemarleLab had a blast, learned a ton, and we're feeling inspired!" - chaperone

"Went on the CBIC Tech Tour today. It was so fun to do and was awesome to see what tech stuff was going on in our local area." - student

"I highly enjoyed the tech-tour today!" - student

"We had a blast with everyone and the event you all put on ran so smoothly. Thank you for including us. We will keep ramping it up as the years go." - engineering challenge facilitator

2017 Tech Tour Committee

While we would love to thank each of the dozens of volunteers that made the 2017 Tech Tour possible, a special shout out goes to our committee:

  • Kim Wilkens (Chairwoman), K-8 CS Program Coordinator, St. Anne’s-Belfield School
  • Marshall Hanbury, Media and Communications Consultant, MHJ Media
  • John Heffernan (School Liaison), Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle High School
  • Michael Lake, Founder & Owner of Alleyway Consulting 
  • Jason Ness, Business Development Manager, City of Charlottesville
  • Andrew Renshaw, Coordinator of Dual Enrollment and Off-Campus Programs, PVCC
  • Jerry Reynolds, CS Teacher, Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's School
  • Miriam Rushfinn, Program Manager, Youth & Educational Symposia, PVCC
  • Christine Scott, Charlottesville High School
  • Kimberly Scott, Co-Founder & VP of Data Science, Astraea
  • Trae Turner, Marketing Services Manager, Geezeo
  • Tracey Greene, CBIC's Executive Director

Tech Tour 2018

Visit Your Future

Join the Tech Tour Committee - get behind-the-scenes of the tech tour magic, make connections across the local tech scene and inspire the next generation in tech!

  • Showcase your company as a tour venue - being a host involves providing a one-hour inspiring tour of your organization and explaining the role technology plays in your work to a group of 10-15 students.
  • Be a Tour Guide - ride along with a student tour group and help them get the most out of their tech tour.
  • Become a Tech Tour Sponsor - support this amazing day plus the opportunity for 2 participants to earn scholarships toward their future STEM education.
  • Participate - The tour is open to 7th through 12th grade students. Students sign-up to attend through their school’s Technology Specialist or Career Counselor

Be a Tech Tour Guide

CBIC's annual Tech Tour is all about igniting local students' interest in technology-related careers and showing the variety of opportunities available in our community to pursue their passions. Being a tour guide means getting a behind-the-scenes tour of 2 local tech companies or organizations along with 10-15 middle or high school students and their school chaperone. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to help keep the tours flowing smoothly plus you may just get to hang out with the next Megan Smith or Bill Gates!

Tech Tour Sponsorship Packages

CBIC Tech Tour is excited to offer the following underwriting opportunities to local companies who want to partner with us in providing this experience to local students. Companies that are not able to host or provide tours often help by sponsoring to ensure that the local community still has the chance to benefit from this innovative opportunity for our young entrepreneurs.

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Tech Tour Sponsors

  • Ting
  • Innovation PolicyWorks
  • Elder Research
  • Data Science Institute
  • Astraea
  • Albemarle County Economic Development
  • CoshXLabs
  • WillowTree
  • Lexis Nexis
  • Neoventus
  • Virga Ventures
  • Afton Scientific
  • National Optronics
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  •  City of Charlottesville
  • Grit Coffee