TECH JXN – a three-day event highlighting the best of Jackson tech, film, music and food – is September 23 through 25 at the Jackson Convention Complex and Mississippi Museum of Art.
The conference also serves as a kickoff to Visit Jackson’s Soul-Filled Weekend, bringing two SWAC football games to the City With Soul over one weekend.
In its third year, TECH JXN will focus on senior high school students as part of an overall workforce initiative to educate students and fill hundreds of jobs in Jackson and beyond. The event, which will also feature a college and career fair, is also open to the public.
“This annual event provides students and the general public with the valuable tools and information needed in today’s technologically-savvy world,” said Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. “It also allows students to explore career opportunities, some of those in the tech field, which serves to enrich themselves and possibly the city in return.”
Seniors will have the opportunity to attend two of eight workshops that will educate them on the four pillars of TECH: technology, education, creativity and healthcare.
On Friday, TECH JXN will feature a college and career fair. Representatives from Mississippi universities and corporations will be in attendance, along with City of Jackson officials, to potentially fill hundreds of jobs.
Jhai Keeton, the deputy director of economic development for the City of Jackson, said he expects up to 1,200 people to attend the event, with 700 to 800 students from Jackson Public Schools.
“This is a great opportunity for the City of Jackson and community at large and definitely for high school and college students to be exposed to,” Keeton said.
The event will also offer a “film academy” to educate attendees on the growing film industry in Mississippi and possible careers in the field. Attendees will be given the opportunity to create their own one-minute films to showcase what they have learned. Attendees will view those films at the Mississippi Museum of Art on Saturday, September 25.
“This is a way for those interested to meet the film industry halfway and to grow the labor force,” Keeton said.
COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of facial coverings and social distancing at all times. Register at techjacksonms.com.