LATISM Announces 8th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida to include Hackathon and S.T.E.A.M Fair

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2016 “Latinos as Change Agents” Conference

ORLANDO, FL., May 3, 2016—Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) announced today their 8th annual conference to take place on October 19th to the 21st in Orlando at the Disney World Buena Vista  Resort.  The 2016 Latinos as Change Agents LATISM conference will gather top thought leaders and influencers to drive positive change in the Latino community in the areas of Technology, Health, Education, Business, Diversity & Inclusion.

“Latinos in the U.S. face many challenges politically, economically and socially. We need to connect, educate, and empower Latino thought leaders, business executives, and community activists to leverage technology and innovation to drive the changes that are needed in our community.”  said Ana Roca Castro, Founder, Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media “Our annual conference is the place where Latinos and their allies who want to make a change gather yearly to get inspired, learn and take action.”

LATISM conferences play a critical role in raising awareness on current issues facing the over 50 million Latinos living in the United States. The annual conference offers opportunities to learn from industry experts, connect with community leaders and influencers, and form key partnerships to empower social change agents to increase impact and positive change on issues affecting the Latino community.

Highlights of this year’s conference:

  • Conference sessions: Workshops and panels led by industry experts and thought leaders in Education, Health, Civic Engagement, Policy, Technology, Business and Diversity & Inclusion.  
  • Hackathon event: 48-hour hackathon event to connect technologist with community experts to create innovative solutions that help solve critical issues in the Latino community.  Conference participants will get a chance to witness as the final winners of the Hackathon are selected and demo their products.
  • 2nd annual S.T.E.A.M. Fair: The fair brings together 2,500 students (grades 5th to 12th grade) from 150 high schools across the United States to showcase Science/Technology/Engineering/Arts and Math projects.   LATISM selects the top 50 students, 10 from each discipline, to showcase their award-winning contributions and one winner from each discipline will be awarded a scholarship prize from one of our participating sponsors.  LATISM also recognized that behind every rising star student there is a committed and influential adult role model that has stood for their student’s success.  That is why during the STEAM Fair, LATISM also awards our top Champion Educators: teachers/parents/community volunteers that have paved the way in educating and inspiring our youth to be amazing contributors to the Science/Technology/Engineering/Arts and Math pipeline.  The 2016 Champion Educator nomination application form  can be found by visiting our S.T.E.A.M section of our LATISM16 website below our S.T.E.A.M Student Project application form.

Get involved in LATISM 2016

    • Submit a  speaker proposal:  Submit a proposal here by May 31st, 2016 to be selected to join LATISM as one of its featured panelists/speakers at the LATISM’16 Latinos as Change Agents conference.  Selected candidates will be notified by June 30th, 2016.
  • Apply to participate in the S.T.E.A.M fair: Students or children with a S.T.E.A.M project who would like to be showcased during the event are encouraged to submit their project here.  To nominate a Champion Educator, we encourage you to submit their nomination via our Champion Educator nomination application found here.
  • Register to attend: Visit LATISM16 website for more information about the conference and register to attend.
  • Sponsor LATISM: Please contact Natali@latism.org for sponsorship packages and opportunities to support the conference.

To learn more about LATISM and its conference, join LATISM’s weekly Twitter chats on Thursdays at 9 pm ET. Chats can be followed via #LATISM hashtag. This year’s conference hashtag will be “LATISM16.”

More about LATISM: Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, civic and economic status of the Latino community through technology innovation and social media. Since its inception in 2009, it has grown organically to more than 190,000 members with 22 chapters around the country. LATISM has been hailed to be the most powerful and influential network of Latinos/as involved in social media. The #LATISM hashtag which generates millions of impressions daily is used by politicians, businesses and organizations to reach the latino community.

 

Press contact: Natali Torres, LATISM Executive Director,  Natali@LATISM.org

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