Story by Sarah LeBlanc
For technology enthusiasts and related majors, a unique experience is coming to Des Moines during the Experience Iowa Technology event.
Patrick Quinn, the membership and marketing manager of the Technology Association of Iowa, said the event provides valuable student opportunities.
“These are not the kind of people you would find at a job fair,” Quinn said. “These are the executives, the CEOs and the CIOs, all the way down through the interns that are opening their doors.”
One of the main goals of the Technology Association of Iowa in building this event is “understanding what our member’s needs are and making sure that the association is working to solve those challenges they’re facing,” Quinn said.
Responding to these challenges of industries in Iowa, Quinn said, “One of the big issues (companies) have is connecting to college students.”
“There are fewer and fewer students going into technology in college,” Quinn said.
With the demand for skilled workers increasing, Experience Iowa Technology gives students a behind-the-scenes glance at the inner workings of corporations.
Not only does this event give students an opening to learn about the advantages of work in technology, Quinn said, “This is a really good opportunity to meet everyone who’s involved in it.”
Along with Drake, other Iowa schools will be represented at this event, including the University of Iowa, Des Moines Area Community College and Iowa State University.
The Technology Association of Iowa works with individuals at colleges, such as Director of Computer Information Systems Angela Embree at Drake, to coordinate the event and ensure its success.
The executives and members at this event are “willing to help students succeed,” Quinn said. “The cool thing for students is walking into this event and learning and that wow factor.”
According to the Experience Iowa Technology website, “This program introduces students to Iowa’s large and growing tech industry, everything from the exciting startup scene to global leaders in technology.”
Premiering from Nov. 14-15, Experience Iowa Technology is a prime opportunity for students to learn about technology and the industries that make its advances possible.
Businesses such as the John Deere Internal Solutions Group, Meredith Corporation and Appcore will be featured at the event, along with seven other Des Moines companies.
Meredith Corporation, which has close ties to the Drake community, uses technology in its apps.
Students will take tours of various companies in Des Moines, free of charge, and will have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the industry.
Students may still sign up on the Experience Iowa Technology website.
A once-in-a-lifetime experience only a city such as Des Moines could offer, Experience Iowa Technology offers students and companies alike the opportunity of a unique learning experience and a shared appreciation for the advances of society.
“(This event) is showing these students that we’re doing incredible things,” Quinn said. “There’s so much happening here that people don’t expect.”
“If you’re a student in technology and you want to learn more not only about the industry in Iowa, but about the technology industry in general, then this event is a prime opportunity,” Quinn said.