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Thursday, April 20 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
2023 HireVA x Tom Tom Festival Career Expo

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Innovation is at the center of many workplaces in Central Virginia, which is why the UVA Career Center and the Tom Tom Festival are partnering to bring a Career Expo to the 2023 Festival. Strategically nested into the Thursday Technology for Good Track, this Expo will pull together Central Virginian employers, students, and community members. Employers will be able to talk about hiring opportunities and promote their organization’s brand throughout the area. Students will be exposed to organizations and company representatives that could become their future employers.

Hosted by the UVA Career Center, Virginia Career Works - Piedmont, and the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development, this HireVA event will be spread across multiple locations on Main Street transforming the Downtown Mall into a career exploration campus. There will be employers there from numerous industries, including renewable energy, biotechnology, data, and more. Stop by the Downtown Mall from 1-4 PM on Thursday, April 20 to learn more about organizations right in Charlottesville’s backyard!

Participating businesses include: 
  • Green Careers: Environmental Sustainability Focused organizations will be hosted in UVA's Environmental Resilience Institute
  • Start-ups: Local and Regional Tech Start-ups will be hosted in UVA's Catalyst Accelerator 
  • All Other Companies: Companies and organizations across a variety of sectors - Healthcare, Biotech / Life Sciences, Business, Government, Public Services, and Non-Profits will be hosted in CODE and on the downtown mall.
All are welcome at this event, but employers are primarily advertising entry-level and internship employment opportunities that are targeting local universities, community colleges, and high school students.

If you are an employer interested in participating in the Career Expo, sign up HERE.

Tech Treks 
We cannot fully engage with the Tom Tom Festival’s 2023 theme of FUTURE FORWARD without involving future generations. That’s why Charlottesville-based employers are opening their doors to local students. On Thursday mornings, companies located near the Downtown Mall are hosting guided tours of their facilities and walking students through a day in the life of their employees.

Students from the University of Virginia, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville City Schools, and Albemarle County Public Schools will be able to learn more about local businesses and ask questions to companies that are on the cutting edge of their respective industries. The Tech Treks for the day are aligned with the larger Tom Tom themes including Climate & Energy, Biotechnology, and AI & Data. This opportunity will give Central Virginian students real-world applications of what they are learning in the classroom.

Bonus Event: UVA Women in Computer Science (WiCS) Hackathon Presentation
Join us in the UVA Environmental Institute after the Cville Tom Tom Festival Career Expo to hear from the winners of the UVA Women in Computing Sciences EcoHacks Hackathon. These students competed in a 10 hour hackathon at UVA on April 15 to design, build, and create apps, tools, and websites focused on upcycling old ideas, sustainability, efficiency, and the environment. Hear from the winners across six categories about how they are using their technical skills to build products to positively impact our planet. What are the issues they are concerned about and how do they envision using technology to find solutions? Their innovative solutions for sustainability issues will inspire all of us!

The winners from each of the six categories (Best Beginner Hack, Best Overall Hack, Best UI/UX Design, Best Sustainability Hack, Best ReHack, Microsoft's Most Innovative Hack) will present their design process, ideas and ultimate solutions. Come support and celebrate these students who are excited to use their technical skills for good! Reception following.

This event is FREE and Open to the Public. Click here to R.S.V.P.
Time: Thursday, April 20 | 4:15-5 PM
Location: UVA’s Environmental Institute (201 W Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902)

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Thursday April 20, 2023 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
CODE Building