The 2019 CBIC Tech Tour, a local event to introduce area middle and high school students to the dynamic high technology world that exists in the Charlottesville/Albemarle County metro region, kicks off Tuesday, October 8 at PVCC’s Earl Dickinson Center.
Produced for 16 years by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC), this day-long technology tour is aimed at exposing students to the engaging and diverse career possibilities offered by our regional technology community. The CBIC Tech Tour is designed to help them envision themselves as technology employees, professionals, and entrepreneurs in the next wave of tech advancements in our area.
“The Tech Tour is a signature CBIC event, with nearly sixty companies and organizations donating their resources to support local students and tech employers. The event advances CBIC’s mission of education in support of Charlottesville’s technology community – helping to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in the region – by inspiring our community’s next generation of entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts,” said Tracey Greene, Executive Director of CBIC.
“We are especially appreciative of our tech tour sponsors, representing organizations that understand the importance of STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] education to building a vital technology workforce, a critical ingredient to the success of our region’s burgeoning innovation-based ecosystem. Sponsorship has grown tremendously over the years, now including Afton Scientific, BrightSpec, City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, Custom Ink, Explore Learning, Felton Group LLC, Neoventus, PVCC, Ting, UVa’s Batten Institute, Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, Wells Fargo Community Grant, and Willowtree.”
Thirty-two busloads of more than 500 students representing twenty-two regional schools will spread out across the region traveling to nearly sixty selected companies for hands-on visits. Students will travel in smaller groups to visit two different technology companies to experience the use of technology in unique and specialized operations. This year’s tour features companies with technologies ranging from robotics and artificial intelligence to performance theatrics and bioinformatics.
Participating organizations include Babylon MicroFarms, CFA Institute, Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO), Computers4Kids, Lighthouse Instruments, Seraphic Group, Signature Science, Sun Tribe Solar, TypeZero, and WillowTree, among numerous others. A complete list of companies can be found on the interactive CBIC Tech Tour Map created by Alleyway Consulting, LLC available at http://techtour.cvilleinnovation.org/. Arrangements can be made for media to follow a tour for the day or join one in progress.
All participating Junior and Senior high school students are eligible to apply for two $2,500 annual scholarships for the purpose of continuing education. CBIC’s Tech Tour Scholarship Program continues the non-profit organization’s ongoing commitment to growing the future technology-based workforce. Since 2003, CBIC has granted $45,000 in scholarships to local students. Applications for CBIC’s Tech Tour scholarships, which will be selected in early 2020, will open soon and be available online through January 31, 2020 at CvilleInnovation.org/TechTour.
As the region's technology council, CBIC promotes innovation and entrepreneurship and supports growth and success among the Charlottesville region's technology-focused organizations. CBIC provides a forum for ideas and a collective voice on behalf of the technology sector. Through collaborative partnerships, educational resources and strategic relationships, CBIC enhances, publicizes, and champions technology initiatives that strengthen economic and social vitality in our area. For more information, please visit our website at CvilleInnovation.org, follow us on Twitter at @CBICouncil and follow the 2019 CBIC Tech Tour #CBICTechTour.
CBIC Executive Director
Lily Garcia Walton
CBIC Tech Tour Chair