US’s largest student-run tech conference primes the pump

The nation’s largest student-run tech conference in the country is returning to Greater Cincinnati this month through Interalliance’s TechOlympics, February 23-25 at the Millennium Hotel — the premier event for local high-school students looking to start a career in technology. Students that will either work on or may even discover the next great disruptive tech idea that might someday make its way to Cintrifuse’s front doorstep.

It’s the fifth year in a row the downtown event has hit full capacity for its student participants, with 525 registered to take part in a weekend of challenges, networking and real-world applications of informational technology challenges.

Students spend three days competing with other schools in challenges ranging from programming to design to networking, with fun events like speed texting and the “not-to-be-missed” gaming throwdown on Saturday night. The participants get hands-on assistance with creating a professional resume and learn how to conduct themselves during a formal job interview. They also have direct access to Cincinnati’s best employers, many of whom will be looking for summer interns and future co-ops.

“Connecting with students at this early stage of their career is critical to keep them here in our ecosystem,” said Kyle Gundrum, Executive Director of Interalliance. “When we get students involved at this age, they’re much more likely to stick around and hopefully take advantage of a tech opportunity within the region after they graduate.”

Cintrifuse is a supporter of Interalliance and its efforts to help build a sustainable, tech-based economy (at the earliest stages) in Greater Cincinnati. Many of Cintrifuse’s partners are active participants and sponsors of the TechOlympics as well, including the event’s presenting and gold sponsors – Procter & Gamble, Kroger and Vantiv.

“Supporting the next generation of tech leaders is critical to the future success of the region as a whole,” said Patrick Henshaw, VP of Growth, Startups and Technology at Cintrifuse. “When you see how closely Interalliance’s mission aligns with ours, including our mutual supporters, collaboration really makes sense.”  

While the event is at capacity for students participating, Gundrum says the biggest need will always be — and still is — volunteers. Volunteers provide a wide range of help to the students at the event. From mentorship to monitoring events and competitions, volunteers come from all across the region (and from companies of all sizes) looking for a way to cultivate the next generation of talent.

Check out to find out more or sign up to volunteer.

P.S. — The entire website was designed and built by a previous TechOlympics student participant.

Radu Vasilescu, a senior at Loveland High School, built the site on his own time. He was the youngest presenter at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this winter and plans to attend Duke University in the fall. (He’ll be at the event!)

Don’t miss out on your chance to help tech’s next generation and help to cultivate the regions next Radu.

Who’s in attendance?

Gundum says to look for students from any school inside a 50-mile radius from Downtown. This includes well-represented counties such as Kenton and Warrren County. Some of the highest participating areas and schools come from Springboro, Ohio and Kings High School.

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