Discover your pathway to success in Tech at TECHCharge

TECHCharge is designed to educate youth, young adults, and adults in career transition about tech jobs, tech training opportunities, and traditional and non-traditional tech educational programs.

Join us to:

  • Hear local tech and STEM professionals discuss and take questions about their educational and workforce pathways to success during the WHAT I CAN BE! Tech Career Showcases;

  • Enjoy interactive exhibits by NOLA’s top industry, academic, and non-profit organizations;

  • Learn from featured speakers as they discuss tech opportunities ranging from coding to gaming; network security to website development;

  • Help your school or non-profit win a $1,000 cash donation!

  • Win prizes and network with high-energy tech enthusiasts from across the state and beyond.

  • Enjoy music by a live DJ or local performer.

One Day Event

3/13

10 AM - 3 PM

Start Event/Interactive Exhibit Area Opens

Livestreamed on BoothCentral & Facebook

Activities

3/13

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Welcome/Interactive Exhibits Open/DJ Polo

10:25 AM - 10:35 AM

What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z

Hear Best Selling Author, Sr. Mechanical Engineer, and STEM Advocate, Tiffani Teachey discuss the pathways to success in STEM as outlined in her book, What Can I be? This presentation is designed for youth 15 and younger.

10:35 AM - 11:20 AM

WHAT I CAN BE!

Tech Career Showcase I

Learn about tech careers from local professionals + participate in a LIVE Q&A session

Panelists

  • Kelvin Gipson, IT Program Manager, Delgado Community College

  • Staff Sergeant Donavin Carey, U.S. Army Recruiter & IT Specialist

  • Kevin Fitzwilliam, Training & Workforce Development Specialist, Energy Smart

  • Sabrina Short, Founder & CEO, NOLAvate Black

  • Christopher Reade, CEO, LookFar & Carrollton Enterprise Services

12:50 PM - 12:55 PM

Science Experiment

w/Dr. Treva T. Brown, Physical Scientist, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

WHAT I CAN BE!

Tech Career Showcase II

Learn about tech careers from local professionals + participate in a LIVE Q&A session

Panelists

  • Dr. Treva T. Brown, Physical Scientist, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

  • Theresa Jones, CEO, Evalv IQ

  • Michelle Jackson, CEO, PR Solutions LLC & Executive Director, i.Invest National Youth Business Competition

  • Kimmie Thomas, CEO/President IGL Foundation Independent Gaming League & GameHedz

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

WHAT I CAN BE!

Tech Career Showcase III

Learn about tech careers from local professionals + participate in a LIVE Q&A session

Panelists

  • Cedric Dent, Jr., Author & LSU Grad Student

  • Scottie Jackson, Cybersecurity Engineer, Perspecta – NASA Program

  • Brittanii Wade, Director of Compliance & Quality Assurance, Odyssey House

  • Brianna Skinner, Data Analyst, Operation Spark

  • Malik Mingo, TV Host & Digital Media Specialist, WWL-TV

2:50 PM - 3:00 pm

Prizes & Giveaways

Speakers

3/13

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The 15 White Coats Presents: "Minorities in Medicine: Overcoming barriers to success in the healthcare field"

New Orleans-based The 15 White Coats (15WCs) is a world-renowned organization comprised of African American medical students dedicated to propelling underrepresented minority students to the next education level by providing inspiration, mentoring, and economic support. Dr. Ledet and the 15WCs have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, The Steve Harvey Show, Good Morning America, and most recently the Kelly Clarkson Show.

Panelists

  • Dr. Russell J. Ledet, President, 15WCs

  • Sydney Camille Labat, Vice President, 15WCs

  • Rachel M. Turner, VP of Social Media and Scholarship Development, 15WCs 

  • Mashli Fleurestil, M.S., Youth Outreach and Mentorship Manager, 15WCs

  • Brian Washington, Jr., Operation Manager, 15WCs

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

Panel Discussion: "Non-Traditional Pathways to a Career in Tech"

Panelists

  • Jayed Stokes, Scrum Master, DXC Technology

  • Eddie Smith Jr., Software Engineer, GE Aviation

  • Dominque Riley, Senior Technical Product Manager, Baker Hughes

  • Anastasia Aubrey, Senior Scrum Master, DXC Technology

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM