Jessica Santana and Evin Robinson are the Founders of New York On Tech, which is an organization that has worked with over 1,000 students to create a pathway in technology. To date they’ve been featured in Tech Crunch, Forbes 30 Under 30, The Huff Post, CNN Money and Black Enterprise to name a few.
New York On Tech started off as an idea after Santana and Robinson had a brainstorming session in a Brooklyn Starbucks back in 2014. During the time they were both working 6 figure tech jobs in corporate America. Both being minorities and first generation college graduates, they noticed that they didn’t see people that looked like them in their work place and wanted to create a platform that encouraged more high school kids to get into tech early. That’s when New York On Tech was born.
They have placed students at Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Oath / AOL and programs are sponsored by NBCUniversal, Google, FactSet among others. A majority of their students have used the skills they learned at NYOT in their college courses and 98% of the students said that they excelled in their classes due to the knowledge gained in their program.Their students have received full ride scholarships in top tech college and university programs as they went on to major in Computer Science Technology and Computer Engineering. Their corporate partners have even increased their intake numbers of NYOT interns because of how well their students do in their programs.
Last month they held their Innovators and Distributors Awards Ceremony which took place at the Paley Center for Media. The event recognized young leaders in technology. Speakers included Anthony Ha who is the Sr. Writer at Tech Crunch, German Santana, Partner Manager at Google, Jessica O. Matthews, Founder and C.E.O at Uncharted Power, and Alex C. and Katheryn M. who are the Co-Founders of The Muse.