Hudson valley tech meetup

There were over 151 attended the end of the year event at the Hudson Valley Tech Meetup.

Senate Garage –  6 North Front Street · Kingston, NY


Please join us for our year end tech meetup! There will be food to eat and liquids to drink while innovative, caring humans attempt to raise the bar for compassionate collaboration without disrupting anything!

Read on for a hint or two about what you can expect from Hudson Valley Tech Meetup this yuletide season.

But first, a word about our event sponsor, Ryan & Ryan Insurance Brokers!

Bob Ryan and his father before him have delivered sixty years of outstanding service both to their customers and to the community in which their business was founded. Supporting community groups, activities, and initiatives is how the Ryan family has always chosen to spend their marketing dollars. We are proud to receive support from Bob Ryan and also to thank him for his many years of community investment.

Some of the organizations that receive support from Ryan & Ryan Insurance will also be with us at this month’s tech meetup. Please meet them and learn about their missions.


Jordan Koschei ( is a designer, developer and a long standing member of Hudson Valley Tech Meetup. A native of the Hudson Valley he’s currently the Lead Product Designer at Agrilyst (, a venture-backed AgTech startup, as well as the creator of a new product to connect our region’s creative community, the Hudson Valley Talentbase (

Jordan will present HV Talentbase to us while talking about his vision and roadmap for the product, the audience that it serves, and how it can help our community.

We’re really glad to have Jordan back on the HV Tech stage and we’re proud and grateful for all that he does to support the Hudson Valley tech and startup ecosystem.


Mayra Hidalgo Salazar ( is Hudson Valley Program Officer for North Star Fund ( Originally from Naranjo, Alajuela, Costa Rica Mayra arrived to the United States when she was six-months old and grew up as an undocumented immigrant before becoming an activist organizer, most notably as the project manager for the Trail of Dreams at age 17.

Now Mayra leads North Star Fund’s grantmaking and donor organizing efforts in the Hudson Valley by bringing direct support to people and groups experiencing systemic discrimination so that they can lead strategic efforts to end it.

Founded in 1978, North Star Fund is known for their innovative philanthropic model as a community foundation that delivers financial support directly to activists from marginalized populations pushing for justice around the most pressing issues impacting their communities.

We’re honored to have Mayra with us at Hudson Valley Tech Meetup and we know that you all will benefit from hearing about her work on the front lines of social injustice.


Gerry Valentine ( is a public speaker, executive coach, and writer; who comes from an extensive Fortune 100 background. He advises corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and entire companies on how to turn challenges into an advantage. He specializes in leadership vision, building resilience, unlocking innovation, and showing leaders how to use the best within themselves to inspire the very best in others.

Gerry gave a lightning talk at the 2017 Catskills Conf that blew the roof off the Ashokan Center. We are very excited to welcome him now to the stage at Hudson Valley Tech Meetup.

This is a unique opportunity to be inspired by this incredible human who splits his time between New York City and New Paltz. We’re proud to give him our stage and we know that you are going to love what he has to say.


COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS If you have something you want to share at the meetup, please submit your slide on our Google Form ( (1920 x 1080px) before 12:00 PM on the day of the meetup.



Much of the food at this meetup will be provided by one of our favorite local food businesses and also the newest community partner for Hudson Valley Tech Meetup. Big thanks to Bread Alone for sharing their love of artisan bread and baking with all of us!

As usual, we’ll be pouring locally made Keegan Ales ( courtesy of our friends at Moonfarmer (


Volunteers! Do you want to learn how to set up an awesome meetup? Bring your love for community organizing and any experience with sound, lighting and video production to . [NOTE: experience is not required] Thank you.