Iowa High School Tech Summit
On Monday, September 30 the Waukee APEX Designing Web-Based Technologies (DWT) team traveled to the Des Moines to attend the first-ever Iowa High School Tech Summit. The event was free to all Iowa high school students and was a collaborative effort between Principal Financial and The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI).
A primary goal of the summit was to inspire the next generation of Iowa’s high-tech workforce. “This is a dynamic and diverse group of Iowa technology professionals,” said TAI President Brian Waller. “You can’t be what you can’t see. Through the purposeful representation of Iowa’s diverse tech industry, students attending the Iowa High School Tech Summit learned about technology careers and discover possible role models in our panel of dynamic speakers.”
A main purpose of the conference was to connect under-served students to technology companies and careers across the state of Iowa, and further, to introduce them to professionals who have come from similar backgrounds. This goal was evident in the selection of keynote speakers for the day.