Organizing a conference

In January 2018 my brother Zion and I started volunteering at TeenTechSF a community of high school entrepreneurs. I decided to jump in and Chair a conference event with 200 attendees in 2 months at PlayStation. Being passionate about technology I loved the challenge and the opportunity to network and bring such a big initiative together.

TeenTechSF leadership was their for support.We would need to update them of our progress.We would need work closely with PlayStation sponsors and team to make this possible.

I always like to start with a checklist and a strong team.List is below and the strong team was my brothers and secondary support from TeenTechSF leadership team.

  • convince my sponsor with a proposal.They’ll need to know why this would benefit them
  • Arrange for:
  • Parking
  • Outline agenda , speaker ,sponsor ,volunteer signups and expectations
  • speakers
  • Conference rooms
  • Food
  • Equipment
  • Volunteers
  • Security
  • Giveaways
  • Something interesting like PlayStation store
  • Market the invite
  • Remind

My sponsor was excited with proposal to invite Teens to PlayStation. They agreed to the event being on April 28th 2018.Speakers were excited to inspire teen community.Silicon Valley and our tech passion made the job so easy. Departments at PlayStation were eager to sponsor giveaways Ps4,PSVR, water bottles, bags , etched controllers of the event they were so ready to shower us with their knowledge and love for PlayStation.

Week before:

  • Remind Security and get the attendees pre registered
  • Remind facilities about the conference room arrangement
  • Ensure the giveaways and criteria ready
  • Remind volunteers
  • Get the registration bags ready
  • Get the speeches ready

We are very excited to host this conference which inspires, educates, and equips the next generation of tech innovators and civic entrepreneurs with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities.

We have a stimulating lineup for the event. In addition to keynote presentation from Dr.Richard Marks, the head of Magic Lab@PlayStation, we will have the opportunity to provide breakout sessions and workshops to enhance their learning.

We also had several speakers, internal and external leaders, during the course of the program. We had sessions from PlayStation speakers to share their journey in game industry, technology topics or various careers at PlayStation. We also had sessions like Video Game Chronicles from Jerry Jessop - Sr Director Technical Operations, Quality Assurance 101 from Dennis Bridgman - Global Format QA and Behavior Driven Development from Mazedur Rahman - Developer Network. External speaker sessions included on the Road to entrepreneurship from EpixVR, Game Design with Spritekit from Zachary Abraham - TeenTechSF and workshops on Website UnDevelopment- where you hack a collection of websites using chrome developer tools and code injection.

We’ll also had the PlayStation Store available during the event. It was most exhilarating. We had several giveaways for the event sponsored by J Patton - DTG, Dominic Mallinson - R&D, Jerry Jessop - Technical Operations, Katherine LaRue- Intern program, Erica Ane - Employee Engagement, Kerry Ryan - PlayStation Music and others

Teens had an exciting day and we are thrilled to be a part of it!

TeenTechSF Spring Conference@PlayStation was an awesome event. It’s a memory I’ll cherish forever.


Strauss Foundation TTSF