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Silicon Valley Experience

Offering opportunities for students who want to understand the world of innovation - from inception to implementation – to explore the global center of technology and innovation - Silicon Valley.

Designed for students interested in pursuing careers focused on social impact and justice, the Silicon Valley Experience introduces students to some of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking organizations.

You’ll explore how technology intersects with human factors in creating solutions to large-scale social and environmental issues such as climate change, food insecurity, and access to clean drinking water. Working alongside others, you’ll learn how to contribute your ideas and passions to make a difference in local communities or on a global scale.

The Silicon Valley Experience

Immerse yourself in an innovation ecosystem from which many of the largest companies in the world are born.

Explore the culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity driving economic growth in Silicon Valley.

Understand the entrepreneurial journey of the world's most successful start-ups and the entrepreneurs behind them.

Learn how technology is changing the way we live, work, and play in our everyday lives.

Consider the effects of the latest trends in emerging technologies on our future.

Gain the skills to build and manage a team of innovators and entrepreneurs.

Develop strategies for making your ideas a reality.

Get inspired by some of the brightest minds in Silicon Valley.

“As soon as we walked into the building, I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do. I got to see engineers not just sitting at a desk, but using design perspectives, business and engineering to solve climate change and other world problems.”

Nicole Fadzai Anita Chaora '24

"I am filled with gratitude for the adventure organized and cultivated to meet people who were more than willing to share the knowledge and wisdom behind their success! I am also grateful for the amazing group we had, we built each other up and comforted one another. I am fairly reserved and get very comfortable. This trip made me wonderfully uncomfortable and I wouldn’t change a second of it!"

Wesley Bruce '25

"It exceeded my expectations... I learned a lot about all the people we met. I found real, three-dimensional people. I enjoyed getting to know them and their motives behind what they do as well as their passion for what they do. I learned about the world of business and entrepreneurship and found a new and greater respect for both."

Kaitlyn Marie Montgomery '23

2024 Applications

Any Hartwick College student who is in good academic standing is encouraged to apply.
Students will be required to participate in pre-trip workshops to prepare them for company visits and related deliverables.
The application deadline is October 31, 2023, and can be submitted any time before this date.

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2023 Program


Tienany Junior Bakayoko ’23
Wesley Bruce ’25
Samantha Caceres ’24
Nicole Fadzai Anita Chaora ’24
Margarita Chistiakova ’26
Sofia Escobar ’24
Riley Paige Gancio ’24
Sarah Nasaka Kipruto ’24
Kaitlyn Marie Montgomery ’23
Pauller Awino Musyoka ’23
Nuria Santos ’25
Kara Beth Swartwood ’24


Simon Baker ’91
Founder & CEO, BakerAvenue Wealth Management & Family Office

Osafo Barker ’00
Senior Manager, Inclusion StrategiesSenior Manage
Pixar Animation Studio

Colleen Connery ’83
Member, Board Secretary, Hartwick College Board of Trustees

Mark Dzwonczyk
Founder and/or CEO of Multiple Telecom Companies

Dmitry Lipkin ’91
Vice President for Global Marketing, HALIO, Inc.

Riley Rodgers
Principal, Valia Ventures

Anish Srivastava
Managing Partner, Telosity Ventures
CEO, Vinaj Consulting


All May See Foundation

BakerAvenue Wealth Management



Hasso Plattner School of Design, Stanford University

Alliance of Chief Executives (Roundtable & Lunch)

Plug & Play Tech Center (Silicon Valley)

GGV (Venture Capital)

Street Code Academy

Baunfire Marketing

Pixar Animantion Studios


Telosity Ventures

Valia Ventures

Pixar Gate in Silicon Valley
Wall of photos at Coursera, Silicon Valley, CA
Hartwick students in Silicon Valley
Hartwick College students during Baker-Simpson Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation

Dr. Michael Walsh, Director