On Saturday, the NYC tech community took over the floor of the NYSE for a massive tech career fair. Some 53 companies and 500 engineers mingled.
Business Insider was there, recruiting for PHP developers. We met dozens of students from Cornell, Penn, Rutgers, Tufts, Columbia, and more, as well as recent graduates looking to make a move.
organiser NextJump did an amazing job of creating this first-ever event. The floor was packed with geeks. And schwag. And hope, as growing companies who are creating new jobs looked for aspiring engineers to fill them.
Exhibitors were a who's who of NYC tech companies, as well as a few from Boston and DC.
In NextJump's words, here's why it created SA500:
Six years ago, one of the most influential technology leaders told us that in order to build an awesome technology company we had to relocate our offices to the West Coast. We respectfully disagreed. Instead, we took it as a challenge to work harder and commit fiercely to creating a thriving and innovative internet company on the East Coast. It hasn't always been an easy road, but we're (very) proud of the 'Made in the East Coast' company we've created.
Today our offices have some of the brightest, friendliest, and fiercest ping pong-playing engineers around. But the biggest challenge we, and others like us, face is recruiting such talent. Most engineers see Silicon Valley as their only possible destination. There is still little awareness that NYC, Boston, and DC are kick-arse options for a graduating engineer; it's a marketing battle.
We believe that New York City and other metropolitan centres in the northeast are home to awesome tech companies and communities and they deserve to grow without losing talent to Silicon Valley. We created SA500 to showcase those companies to engineers and present the existing tech ecosystem and its opportunities. As a company that's been able to invest in college recruiting on the East Coast, we feel we have the experience and expertise to lead this charge in the interest of the ecosystem.