New York NYC Technical Schools Gentech LLC

NYC Generation Tech is a tech-entrepreneurship program that provides hands-on learning experiences and mentorship opportunities for New York City high school students interested in transforming the world through tech-based innovations.

Developed by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), GenTech aims to:

Grow youth interest and activity in the business, entrepreneurship, and technology sectors.

Connect students with existing networks of NYC tech entrepreneurs, start-ups, universities, tech companies, and venture capitalists

Empower students through real-world skill development in the areas of computer programming, problem solving, opportunity recognition, and leadership

In a two-week tech-entrepreneurship “bootcamp”, students learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship; develop basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; and form teams to develop a mobile app and business plan aimed at improving education or the quality of city life for NYC students. Following the bootcamp, students will continue to develop their coding skills while building out their apps and business plan during weekly classroom sessions and twice-weekly evening mentoring sessions from July-August.

During the bootcamp, students receive mentorship from undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in business and technology. After the bootcamp, each student team is paired with a small team of Tech Mentors from industry-leading tech and business organizations. Tech Mentors provide support, insight, and guidance to students during evening mentoring sessions. Mentoring sessions are held at various tech-related companies throughout NYC.

On September 17, 2015, students demo and pitch their finished apps and business plans to a panel of prominent judges from the technology, venture capitalist, and educational communities. Members of the winning team receive cash prizes and all students are honored at an awards ceremony. Last year’s judges included senior leaders from Tumblr, Microsoft, New York Angels, FirstMark Capital, Birchbox, and Next Generation Broadband.

During the fall and early winter, GenTech students will participate in mobile app hackathons alongside professional developers and designers so that students can further develop skills in coding and design, gain more experience of working with tech professionals, and continue to build a network within the tech and startup sectors. High school students who did not participate during GenTech’s summer programming are invited to attend and be introduced to the local tech scene.

GenTech students will work in teams of five with the help of college-aged and adult mentors to build an original Android mobile app using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PhoneGap. This year’s My City, My Schools Challenge is to create app that, “improves education or city life for students in New York City.” Students will demo their completed app and pitch their business idea at Demo Night on September 19th for a first place prize of $5,000.

GenTech would not be possible without the tremendous partner companies and individual volunteers who graciously donate their time, energy, and resources to support the program. If you’d like to make a difference in New York City’s high school community by helping students learn about technology and the tech ecosystem, please get involved!

If you’re a company:

Find out about how you join our family of partners and sponsors. From providing mentors, guest speakers, hosting a session to providing financial and in-kind support, partners play an important role in engaging and inspiring our students. Learn more about how to become a partner.

If you’re an individual:

Join the GenTech family by volunteering to coach, mentor, educate, and inspire NYC high school students in technology and entrepreneurship. We’re accepting applications for all of the positions below. If you’re interested in applying, please send your resume and cover letter to, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Teaching Assistant: if you’re an undergraduate or graduate student (preferably attending a NYC university) and have a background in computer science, digital technology, or business, you can help coach our high school students during the Summer Bootcamp. Learn more about what we’re looking for in a Teaching Assistant and how to apply.
Tech Mentors: If you work at a NYC company or start-up and have a background in computer science, digital technology, marketing, social media, or business, you can help coach our high school students during twice-weekly evening mentorship sessions from July-August 2013. We’ll also have Tech Mentor spots open for our Fall/Winter hackathons if you can only dedicate a weekend. Learn more about what we’re looking for in a Tech Mentor and how to apply.

Guest Speakers: If you are a senior level executive at a NYC company or a founder or executive at a start-up, we invite you to speak about your experiences pursuing your career, starting a company, or navigating the NYC tech scene. We are seeking guest speakers for lunch-time sessions from July-August 2013. Learn more about what we’re looking for in a Guest Speaker and how to apply.

For more information about volunteering through GenTech, check out our FAQ page for volunteers.