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10th annual TechFest hosts high schools students from through northeast Indiana Friday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – High school students from throughout northeast Indiana competed in the TechFest 2019 Friday morning.

At the McMillen Park Community Center, 537 students represented 18 high schools to compete in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) oriented competitions.

They also learned about college and career opportunities in northeast Indiana pertaining to STEM.

This event is put on annually by the Northeast Indiana Tech Coalition (NEITC).  The NEITC is focused on stopping the “brain drain” in northeast Indiana by establishing a model of cooperation between government, businesses, and schools.

According to organizers, the 10th annual TechFest event is so rewarding to see students interested in STEM.

Thirty-eight businesses and colleges will be on hand to introduce the students to STEM careers and higher education opportunities in Indiana.

Students will also have an opportunity to participate in twelve breakout sessions and practicing their interviewing skills with local HR professionals.

The competitions this year will cover cybersecurity, materials science, engineering, website design, mathematics, programming, and electronics.

After competing in the morning’s events, the students heard a keynote address from Derek Laliberte, Director of Brand Engagement for Aptera, a Fort Wayne-based software development company. Derek is the host of a video series on emerging technology with over 100 episodes published.

To learn more about this event head to NEITC’s website.


Emilia Miles

Emilia Miles joined Fort Wayne’s NBC in September 2019 as a Social Media and Digital Content Manager. Emilia also serves as a producer. She’s a Fort Wayne native and graduated from Indiana University.

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