Hi All. Wanted to let you know about a great event being put on by the #VegasTech community this Friday.
Originate, a global digital product development and venture firm, will be hosting #VegasTech STEAM Sessions with East Career & Technical Academy students on February 27, 2015. The Innevation Center proudly sponsors the space where the event will be held.
“I am looking forward to moderating the panel that will include several members of the Las Vegas technical community, including John Hawkins from 9seeds and Jinger Zeng from Skyworks Aerial Systems,” said Rob Mallery, VP of Talent at Originate. “I think the 100 high school students in attendance will enjoy hearing personal stories of what it’s like to have a career in tech and the steps each of the panelists took to get where they are today. I’m excited to be a part of helping our finest young minds connect with some of our city’s best technical leaders!”
A recent economic development assessment by Brookings Mountain West finds the K12 educational system in Nevada is underperforming and workforce skill level is low, yet the state possesses the fundamental economic assets to build the next Nevada economy.
“Our team listened to the presentation from Brookings Mountain West this past November,” said Rob Meadows, founder and CEO of Originate. “We were inspired to organize an event with the Clark County School District to bring high school students to our Las Vegas office at The Innevation Center to hear from local entrepreneurs, startup founders, and STEAM professionals about what it’s like to work in technology.”
Meadows is a product of the Clark County School District and graduated from Bonanza High School in Las Vegas. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in computer engineering and a master’s degree in computer science. In 2003, Meadows cofounded Lumitrend and was CEO of the company until its acquisition by Asurion in August 2006. In 2007, Meadows founded Originate and is partner and CEO.
“STEAM educational initiatives are at the forefront of Switch’s philanthropic efforts which is why we are thrilled to donate space at The Innevation Center for this important and exciting event,” said Adam Kramer, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for Switch. “When students get the chance to interact with the entrepreneurial minds that make up the VegasTech community, they will see firsthand how companies apply the fundamentals of traditional STEM learning with the Arts (STEAM) to build successful businesses that solve major problems.”
Originate hopes the event will excite and motivate East Career & Technical Academy sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the Electronic Technology and Information Technology Systems programs to continue to pursue STEAMrelated fields posthigh school.
“We organized three panels for the event,” said Jacqueline Jensen of Originate. “Panelists from the local tech community range from software developers at Originate, to local drone startup Skyworks Aerial Systems, to former NFL player turned startup founder Gerome Sapp. There will be participation from the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Foundation, VegasTechFund portfolio companies, UNLV graduates, and Startup Weekend Las Vegas organizers. The goal for the event is to introduce students to individuals in our community who are doing amazing things in technology, and allow them a space to ask questions about their future in their own studies.”