DevFest HV: Career Development Summit

Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand Street, Newburgh, 12550

The Newburgh Free Library, OpenHub and Hudson Valley Google Developers Group (GDG) are proud to host our third Workforce Development summit on Friday, Dec 1, 2023.

Dec 1, 2023, 2:30 – 6:00 PM


Key Themes

Career DevelopmentCommunity BuildingDevFestNetworkingWomen Techmakers

About this event

The Newburgh Free Library, OpenHub and Hudson Valley Google Developers Group (GDG) are proud to host our third 

Workforce Development Summit

Friday, Dec 1, 2023
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST

This is an In-Person Event.

Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

  • Enhance Your Resume
  • Elevate Your Personal Branding
  • Expand Your Industry Network
  • Participate in Mock Interviews with Experts


  1. Bingo exercise as an ice-breaker - Sean Jones
  2. Small talks: success stories, what worked - what didn’t work for landing a job
    • Sean Jones
    • John Sturman
    • Jack Lobianco
    • Ari Weinstein
  3. Personal Branding Workshop - Ari Weinstein
    • How to introduce yourself to potential employers, co-workers, and other professional contacts.
  4. Speed intro Exercise
    •  Networking exercise (Sean)
  5. Mock Interview Workshop (Ari)
    • Job search and a mock interview 
      • What interviewers are looking for? (not a tech interview!) 
    • Recruiter vs Hiring Manager vs HR 
      • How does the process work?
  6. Mock interview Exercise
    •  Participate in practice interviews
      • 5 tables with experts: Ari, Sean, John, Yulia, Jack, Mary Jane
  7. Opportunities within Google Developer Groups
    • John Sturman to present GDG opportunities
  8. join us on Zoom later, 3-5pm
This event is open to the community, and we welcome career change adults and tech experts to join, mix and mingle with our students and mentors.

Zoom Event

3:00 - 5:00 PM EST

Congressional App Challenge (Representative Pat Ryan) and MHV CSTA students will present their apps built for the challenge.

The Zoom link for presenters only, and the recording will be made available.


HVTechFest is the only Tech Festival and DevFest serving the Hudson Valley region since 2019. We want to get together and explore what's new in technology and what's going on in the workforce development field. We mix tech professionals together to learn from each other, and we mix businesses with techies to discuss opportunities. We aim to entice people to attend in person and expose them to the GDG / Google technical eco-system.



Friday, December 1, 2023
2:30 PM – 6:00 PM UTC


2:30 PMSign in and greeting with Networking Bingo
3:00 PMYulia Ovchinnikova and John Sturman to welcome participants on behalf of GDG
3:15 PMSmall Talks for Success
3:45 PMPersonal Branding Workshop
4:15 PMSpeed Intro Exercise
4:45 PMJob search and Mock Interview prep
5:00 PMMock Interviews
5:45 PMClosing
8:00 PMCongressional app challenge showcasing


  • Ari Weinstein

  • Sean Jones

    Garden Creative


  • John Sturman


  • Yulia Ovchinnikova



  • John Sturman



  • Yulia Ovchinnikova



OpenHub logo


Newburgh Free Library logo

Newburgh Free Library


  • Yulia Ovchinnikova


    GDG Organizer

  • Julianna Rusakiewicz


    WTM ambassador

  • Judith Rohatiner


    WTM ambassador

  • John Sturman


    Agile Facilitator / CSM

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