Accelerating Innovation

CNA connects youth with industry experts

5/1/2018 3:24:41 PM

ST. JOHN’S, NL – If you have ever considered smart technology or related fields as a future career, and wanted to learn more, don’t miss out on an amazing opportunity to connect, learn, and celebrate Innovation Week activities at College of the North Atlantic (CNA).
As this will be its 10th year celebrating Youth in Technology, CNA has partnered with NATI (Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries) to bring together nearly 400 Grade 9 students for a Youth in Technology conference to be held on Thursday, May 3 at the Prince Philip Drive campus in St. John’s.
Stephen Warren, CNA’s Dean of Business & Information Technology, said, “We are really pleased to have received over 500 expressions of interest to attend the conference. The technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador is growing rapidly and this high level of interest to attend is a direct result of this expansion.
“Technology is not just an industry onto itself, but it is part of every industry. This conference will illustrate how technology is utilized across a number of sectors, such as digital audio production, journalism, video game development, mobile and web app development, marketing/advertising, and transportation just to name a few.”
Through this conference, CNA, NATI, private and public stakeholders, grassroots organizations, and start-ups together aim to boost interest in the technology sector among youth. The conference will feature a series of speakers, each representing a different career option within the sector, so that students realize the full range of opportunities in technology that can provide inspiration for their academic plans.
Registration starts at 8 a.m. at CNA’s Prince Philip Drive campus followed by the welcome and keynote address by Stu Saunders, Founder/Executive Director of Youth Leadership Camps Canada. Throughout the day, students will attend three, 40-minute interactive sessions in the morning, followed by closing remarks, and prize giveaways as the event concludes just after lunch.
Sessions will feature CNA staff members, Albert Norman – Alien Wireless Game; Pranjal Patra – Mindcraft – An hour of programming; Frank Carroll – How to know what to Believe: Practicing Quality Journalism; Jonathon Crowe – Journalism and Technology; John Barry – Graphics Design and Technology; Scott Hammond – Digital Audio Production and Signal Processing; and, Lori Collins – Privacy.
The Youth in Technology event will also see participating partners and keynote speakers, including: ABA Access, Memorial University, Make Tech, Sassy Tuna Studio, Paradigm Hyperloop, Other Ocean and Make Tech.
Along with grouped sessions, students will also be given an opportunity to meet leaders and mentors working within the provincial technology sector and get a first-hand look at some of the new gadgets on the market, including; virtual reality goggles, simulator drone racing, innovative video games, as well as connecting with leading local professionals.
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College of the North Atlantic