Gearing Up for Long Island's First-Ever TechFest
Long Island residents will soon discover that much of the future is right in their own backyards, as the region stakes its claim as the "Silicon Valley of the East" with thought-provoking exhibits and entertaining attractions at the debut of TechFest, the largest technology festival ever held on Long Island.
Coming to Eisenhower Park, TechFest will take place from Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21. Spanning the course of an entire weekend, festival hours will be from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 8:00 p.m. Billed as a "lifestyle festival" that will showcase local businesses and their innovative achievements, TechFest crosses the entire technology spectrum and presents technology in an entertaining and educational forum.
Attendees will see robots that vacuum, a digital rocking horse named Virsual, simulation theatres offering the latest virtual reality experiences, and a game that uses brain waves to move objects -- Mindball -- provided courtesy of the Long Island Museum of Science and Technology. Children will have the ability to speak with scientists live around the world, meet and greet winners of the Intel Science Search competition and marvel at their projects, and see playfully creative applications from local digital artists.
"I've been personally amazed as to how many Long Island companies actively contribute to significant advances across an array of sciences, everyday," said Howard Mauskopf, producer of the event. "I am also blown away by the technological prowess of the Long Island student population."
There will be an expo featuring pavilions consisting of educational, informative, and interactive exhibits from leading local institutions and up-and-coming Long Island enterprisers. One LI-based company will even explain how it creates energy from turkey carcasses. Other pavilions will spotlight engineering, biotech, homeland security, life sciences, software, information technology and the Internet.
There will be keynote speakers presented by the Long Island Association and tech-themed panel discussions all weekend long. Consumers will learn all sorts of things from effectively protecting against computer viruses to making money through eBay. Businesses will learn how to really use the SBA to receive grants. ListNet will present awards for unique achievement in out-of-the-box thinking. Additionally, Symbol Technologies (an event sponsor) will wire the event as a hotspot.
"TechFest represents an opportunity for Long Island businesses to be proactive and work together. Perhaps we will create an event that defines us," added Matt Crosson, President of the Long Island Association, whose organization is one of the lead sponsors.
The event will also present live entertainment on four different stages. The main stage will feature live headline music, the awards and the keynote speakers. A second stage will feature live technology demonstrations. The third stage will focus on seminars and panel discussions with noted experts, authors, and celebrities. A fourth stage will feature family and kid-friendly entertainment.
"This is a new way of looking at a tech event -- it is fascinating and futuristic, but also friendly and fun. We want this to be an annual event, and I believe this will be very good for business, and for Long Island," commented Thomas Suozzi, Nassau County Executive.
Live music includes Marvin Floyd, Gone to Earth, and the Wild Magnolias (New Orleans' top Mardi Gras band who has played Central Park and Carnegie Hall, but never Long Island). The event is priced at $10 for adults and $5 for kids, with refreshments on hand.
For more information regarding the Long Island Technology Festival or to purchase tickets, call 866.857.9785 or visit www.longislandtechfest.com.
Childrens 5th grade science project. It is not worth the entrance price of 10 a ticket and some of the the companies who are there have no idea why they are there either. The majority of the booths are greared to kids 10 and under and the other sponsers are looking for
leads to increase a business idea, aside from the LIRR, Fonar, and one or twoother companies its not worth your time, even the freebies arent too good