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DigitalHV: Amplifying Technology Presence in Hudson Valley


Dr. Nitya Narasimhan


Monday, April 20, 2015       7:30 PM


Marist College, Hancock Center (Building 16 on map), Room 2023. Park just north of Hancock Center, or in parking lot on south-east corner of Route 9 and Fulton Street. We thank Marist College for hosting the chapter's meetings.

More Information

This program is free and open to the public.

All are welcome to join us beforehand for dinner at the Palace Diner at 6:00 PM.
Refreshments are served after the meeting.

For further information, go to Pok.ACM.org (QR code below),
email Bill Collier, or phone 845-522-1971.

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About the Topic

Industry trends indicate rapid growth in mobile, web and wearable sectors, with apps showing year-over-year growth across multiple categories. Closer to home, we are seeing steady growth in the high-tech industry in NYC, with initiatives like StartUpNY now seeking to incentivize and spread this entrepreneurial spirit throughout the state. At the same time, there is a recognized tech talent shortage in the US. The government recently proposed a TechHire Initiative to explore non-traditional ways of training and placing a new generation of tech workers to fill this pipeline. The Hudson Valley, with its rich and respected educational institutions, and its proximity to NYC, is well poised to become such a technology and startup hub, but what exactly does that involve, and how can we get there? In this talk, I'll talk about “Digital HV”, a vision and in-progress prototype for an online portal for the Hudson Valley that seeks to emulate the success of the Digital.NYC portal for New York City. The goal of Digital HV is to create an information and connection hub for local technologists — professionals, entrepreneurs, employers and students — with the goal of increasing awareness and amplifying action related to technology development in our local community.

About the Speaker

Nitya Narasimhan is a Software Consultant, Tech Organizer Google Developers Hudson Valley & Meteor Hudson Valley. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and has 15+ years of R&D experience building advanced concepts for mobile, web, and television platforms. She has 9 patents (and 25+ pending) and numerous publications in peer-reviewed conferences and journals. She juggles software engineering and consulting roles with technology advocacy and teaching, and is passionate about increasing technology adoption and entrepreneurship in the Hudson Valley. She founded two tech meetups in the Hudson Valley (Google Developer Group and Meteor Hudson Valley) as a concrete step to growing connections and collaborations among technologists in this community. Come talk to her on LinkedIn about distributed or pervasive computing, mobile and web development, wearable technology or cloud computing, or early childhood education and edtech.

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