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NY Tech Day attracts some of the most creative and innovative companies that Silicon Alley has to offer, boasting more than 400 exhibitors and 10,000+ attendees. This is the second year that Finn Partners has walked the show floor, where we learned firsthand just how powerful the technology industry is here.

NY Tech Day attracts some of the most creative and innovative companies that Silicon Alley has to offer, boasting more than 400 exhibitors and 10,000+ attendees. This is the second year that Finn Partners has walked the show floor, where we learned firsthand just how powerful the technology industry is here.

Compared to last year, we noticed a dramatic increase in mobile apps as the primary offering for startups. Considering the fact that consumers use their cell phones and tablets for everything under the sun – this wasn’t surprising, yet it was refreshing to speak with developers offering solutions to everyday struggles.

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Speaking of struggles, I’m all about apps that promote productivity. At the event, I met with Aaron Cohn, CEO of FlyCleaners, a full-service laundry company that interacts and coordinates completely through its mobile platform. Through the app, users can determine when and where their laundry is picked up and dropped off, saving time and frustration. For me, this also means avoiding the struggle of breaking change for the washer/dryer – coins are so archaic.

Another interesting company that we spoke with, LiquidTalent.com, will enable working professionals to connect in real-time, based on location, with organizations and businesses that will effectively match project needs with the right respective talent. This mobile platform, which launches this summer, will enable companies to discover talent based on skills, experience, education, hourly rate and their reviews and ratings from previous jobs. This is equally beneficial for the worker, as the platform will offer them another venue to promote their skills and get hired.

In a world where computer programming and website development skills are in demand, Dev Bootcamp offers short-term classes to teach beginners all they need to know about coding. The company is paving the way for those who are no longer in school to be able to stay relevant in a world where programming will be a be a prerequisite before we know it. Within the 19-week program we can all become full-fledged developers!

Taking our potential to another level is IVY Connect, a member’s only community that has dedicated itself to creating a better world by introducing people who wish to create lifelong collaborative relationships with other inspirational people. IVY hosts various events for members throughout the month to spark new ventures, artistic projects, political initiatives, philanthropic causes and scientific pursuits. IVY is easily accessible to those who wish to shape our world for the better by their app.

Silicon Alley is thriving and we’re already looking forward to Tech Day 2016. With the recent launch of the Apple Watch, we expect to see developers launch even more apps for wearable technology. Another prediction for Tech Day 2016: programming! We predict that next year’s show will have a big push on apps that make it easier to code on mobile devices.