Miami is living through a one-of-a-kind “tech boom” that it hasn’t seen before — and for locals and students alike, it’s the start of a new era.
Nicholas Gonzalez, a computer science and applied mathematics double major at Florida International University (FIU) and president of FIU’s Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), says Miami Tech is his chance to finally break the narrative and show the world that talent does exist in Miami — and that FIU and its students are ready to jump on the #MiamiTech wave with all hands-on deck.
UPE, FIU’s largest technology program run by students, for students, has a mission to “create access and equal opportunities in tech” for the 800+ students that it serves. With its main programming focusing on career development, technology and coding workshops, mentorships and networking, while also serving as the home to Florida’s largest hackathon, Shellhacks (which broke records for the fourth year in a row, gathering nearly 1,300 students online), UPE is FIU and Miami’s tight-knit community of tech and innovation leaders.
“We’re preparing students for a university and city-wide moment with Miami Tech. We have the talent pipeline available. Now we just need a united front to show the world what’s really going on with Miami Tech and our students.” – Nicholas Gonzalez
But most importantly, for Miami’s students interested in landing their next opportunity in tech, Miami Tech is a gamechanger.
“UPE has really broken the glass ceiling to what an organization can do at the university level,” said Gonzalez. “We’re preparing students for a university and city-wide moment with Miami Tech. We have the talent pipeline available. Now we just need a united front to show the world what’s really going on with Miami Tech and our students,” he said.
Apart from UPE’s programming in technology, innovation, and STEM at FIU, UPE is also heavily involved in the community – specifically in mentoring and training our future leaders in technology, coding, and programming.
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