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NYC Tech Talent Draft Program

NYC Tech Talent Draft provides computer science and engineering students with a firsthand look at exciting start-up careers in New York City’s booming tech hub, while providing NYC start-ups with a convenient, effective way to recruit top computer science and engineering students.

Through the NYC Tech Talent Draft, NYCEDC introduces NYC’s tech scene to student audiences seeking entrepreneurial career opportunities, while providing NYC start-ups with a convenient, effective way to recruit top computer science and engineering students.

The program has three major components:

  • On-Campus: Bringing startup executives to university campuses to speak about their experiences and network with students
  • Tech Treks: Bringing college students into New York City to tour the offices of some of the city's hottest startups and speak directly with employees about their work
  • Virtual Events: Candid conversations between startup founders and executives about the NYC tech scene, featuring live Q&A from online viewers around the country

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Fall 2014 NYC Tech Talent Draft


Interested in hiring top technical students?

  • Sign up here to participate in an on-campus event or virtual panel, or to host a student visit during a tech trek.

Past Drafts

Spring 2014 NYC Tech Talent Draft

On April 17th, NYCEDC and Wakefield hosted 100 students from Stony Brook University, University of Maryland, Kent State University, and Boston University for a two-day tech trek, including a full day at Wakefield's Uncubed and a full day of startup tours. Tour stops included the offices of Shapeways, Gilt, Birchbox, Control Group, Shutterstock, Amplify, and more.

On April 2nd, NYC Tech Talent Draft live streamed a Virtual Panel via Google Hangout. During the lively discussion, the following startup founders talked about their own startups and the scene in NYC:

  • Ben Hindman, CEO and Co-Founder at Splash
  • Alexa Hirschfeld, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder at Paperless Post
  • Dan Herman, CEO and Co-Founder at ChatID
  • Nick Ganju, CTO and Co-Founder at ZocDoc
  • Chris Johnson, Co-Founder at Wakefield Media

Watch the video to learn more: 

NYCEDC also hosted a virtual panel in February featuring executives from MOAT, FoodtoEat, SeatGeek, Arkadium, and the NY Tech Meetup.

On-campus events for the Spring semester included visits to Columbia, Cornell, Brown, and the University of Pennsylvania. Panels featured leaders from companies such as such as BuzzFeed, Fog Creek Software, the Hackerati, Sailthru, Callida Energy, Flatiron Health, Viridis, and more.

Fall 2013 NYC Tech Talent Draft

NYCEDC organized seven successful NYC Tech Talent Draft events at Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Harvard, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton. Panels featured leaders from companies such as Amicus, Chartbeat, Harry's, Meetup, Reelio Labs, Rap Genius, Vemno, Yext, and more. 

NYCEDC also hosted a virtual panel in November featuring executives from Amicus, BuzzFeed, Gilt Groupe, Sailthru, and General Assembly

Spring 2013 NYC Tech Talent Draft

Watch the Spring 2013 panel at Cornell. View a gallery of the Spring 2013 Tech Talent Draft Tour.

News & Updates


    NYC Makes Strides To Attract The World's Top Talent

     |  NYCEDC
    Through on-campus events, student trips to NYC, virtual events, and an online common application, this year’s NYC Tech Talent Draft program connected over 3,500 students at 90 schools with over 150 NYC-based startup companies. Read on for more information on the past spring’s events and to find out how to get involved in the Fall 2014 draft.

    Wanted: NYC Tech Talent

     |  NYCEDC
    Demand for NYC tech talent is high. Find your next dream job in NYC tech.

    NYCEDC at Uncubed San Francisco

     |  NYCEDC
    NYCEDC and five NYC startups engaged with hundreds of potential tech recruits at San Francisco's Uncubed Career Fair last week. Missed it? Don't worry, you can attend the NYC version in a few weeks.

    Fall 2013 NYC Tech Talent Draft Under Way

     |  NYCEDC
    NYC's Fall Tech Talent Draft kicked off to packed info sessions at UPenn, Cornell, and Princeton.

    NYC Tech Talent Draft Springs to a Finish

     |  CET
    Eighteen startups representing NYC’s diverse leadership in media-tech, fashion-tech, and more joined NYCEDC for the ultimate roadtrip—the Spring 2013 NYC Tech Talent Draft!

    NYC Tech Talent Draft at Cornell: Wednesday, January 30

     |  NYCEDC
    Are you an ambitious technical student interested in getting a firsthand glimpse of New York City’s booming startup scene? Join NYC Tech Talent Draft at Cornell University this week.

    Spring 2013 NYC Tech Talent Draft

     |  NYCEDC
    After a successful fall campaign putting over 30 NYC startups in front of over 450 students from the nation’s top computer science and engineering programs, we are excited to announce dates and locations for the next NYC Tech Talent Draft.

    Uncubed NYC Tech Startup Event

     |  CET
    On November 12-13, Uncubed unpacked an action-packed, two-day NYC tech startup event at the Altman Building in Manhattan.

    NYC Tech Talent Draft Enlists Startups in Bold Mission to Recruit Top Students to the City

     |  NYCEDC
    This fall, more than 30 of the City’s hottest startups swarmed six college campuses across the Northeast as part of the NYC Tech Talent Draft. Their mission? To provide over 450 computer science and engineering students with an inside peek into exciting NYC tech startup careers through on-campus information panels and networking events.

    New York City Economic Development Corporation Announces the Start of NYC Tech Talent Draft

    NYCEDC today announced the start of NYC Tech Talent Draft, a series of on-campus career information sessions to provide New York City start-up companies with an opportunity to recruit top computer science and engineering talent from leading universities in the region.

    NYC Tech Talent Draft Kicks Off

     |  NYCEDC
    College students, get a firsthand look at exciting startup careers in New York City! Tech@NYC is touring some of the nation’s top colleges and universities to provide computer science and engineering students with the inside scoop on NYC’s booming tech scene.
  • NEWS

    Calling all tech geniuses: New York City takes start-ups to campuses to recruit talent

     |  Source: New York Daily News


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