April 16th, 2013 • 7am
University of Houston Hilton Hotel
4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77004
Microsoft, City of Houston and the Houston Technology Center will launching YouthSpark Houston with a special event on April 16th! Microsoft YouthSpark is a companywide initiative designed to create opportunities for hundreds of millions of youth around the world. Through partnerships with governments, nonprofits and businesses, we aim to empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater education, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities. We want to empower youth to change their world.
The event is being held at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel, with the breakfast and registration kicking off at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16.
After the opening remarks, there will be a 10 minute Brookings Institution presentation that explores the most up-to-date research on Houston youth, education and the opportunities to better meet the demands of a competitive labor market. From there, Microsoft will present on what YouthSpark is and what the program is doing in the Houston-area. Finally, the event will include an 80 minute panel discussion on a variety of topics, including:
- What’s the role of education in preparing students for careers?
- How do we ensure the education we deliver creates tangible benefits for our students?
- How can students position themselves through education to meet the growing demands of the labor market?
- How will higher education be affected by growth and evolution in the STEM fields over the coming decade?
The panel will include several prominent Houston and Microsoft speakers, including:
- Moderator: Walter Ulrich, President & CEO, Houston Technology Center
- Bonnie J. Dunbar, PhD NAE Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, M.D. Anderson Director, University of Houston STEM Center
- Byron V. Garrett, Director, Innovative Schools, Microsoft
- David J. Lee, President & CEO, Nano3D Biosciences, Inc.
- Ed Gonzalez, Mayor Pro – Tem, Council Member – District H, City of Houston
- Nicole H. Robinson, Digital Inclusion Project Director, City of Houston
Click here to learn more about the YouthSpark program.