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INDIANAPOLIS (October 5, 2011) This week, TechPoint Foundation celebrated its 10th Anniversary and announced a new name, logo and mission to reflect its work and impact on Indiana’s future workforce. TechPoint Foundation has changed its name to TechPoint Foundation For Youth, Growing Indiana’s Future.
The celebration event was called Robot Clash of the Tech Titans, drawing inspiration from the Foundation’s newest grantee project, IndianaFIRST Robotics and featuring two of Indiana’s leading technology entrepreneurs and TechPoint Foundation founding fathers, David Becker and Mark Hill. Hosted at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, the two faced off in a fast-paced, entertaining competition using robots made from the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) kit of parts and supported by student pit crews.
Ten years ago a group of us technology guys got together to form TechPoint Foundation with the mission to help bridge the digital divide, said founding Board member David Becker. As the digital divide decreased, our work shifted to focus on launching successful programs like Net Literacy and New Tech High @ Arsenal Tech. The Foundation continually seeks to make the biggest impact on Indiana’s future workforce and the new name, mission and logo reflect that willingness to innovate.
Chairman of the board Marvin Bailey commented, through the support of design partner KA+A, the Foundation was able to rebrand itself to reflect the spirit and energy of our current board members and the direction of the Foundation, while paying homage to our founding fathers such as Mark and David.
About TechPoint Foundation For Youth
TPF4Y is a venture philanthropy organization, incubating select science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs that have the potential for high student impact in the state.
TPF4Y invests human and financial resources coupled with the resources of corporate and individual partners, in programs equipping students with the skills needed to meet our state’s STEM workforce demands. The Foundation works closely with its grantees over a multi-year period to help them build capacity, scale statewide, and ultimately increase their reach to underserved student populations. Grantee projects are called Greenhouse Initiatives.
Over the past decade, TPF4Y has successfully incubated and launched two significant Greenhouse Initiatives, recently announcing its third in 2011, Indiana FIRST. http://www.techpointfoundation.org.
About IndianaFIRST, Inc.
IndianaFIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be leaders in STEM industries by engaging them in exciting mentor-based robotics programs that build hard skills in science, engineering, and technology as well as valuable 21st century skills such as: communication, critical-thinking, collaboration, and creativity. Through the development of a statewide organization, IndianaFIRST will make Indiana a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program leader. http://www.indianafirst.org.
Source: TechPoint Foundation for Youth