Waymo, maker of the car above at left, is among the autonomous vehicle companies featured at next week’s Technology Showcase

The city of Mountain View and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce are scheduled to host the sixth annual Technology Showcase, a virtual event set for 2-5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8-11 a.m. July 21.

The free showcase will feature a discussion on autonomous vehicles with community leaders and experts, sessions preparing attendees for job interviews and applications, and information on small technology businesses that have emerged during the pandemic.

“Mountain View is a really interesting place because it’s such a small town yet there are so many tech companies,” chamber marketing and events manager Leslie King said. “The whole goal of our tech showcase is to show our community the interesting things that some of these tech companies – both large and small – are working on.”

Despite being virtual, King said the showcase will be engaging due to breaks interspersed throughout the sessions and the fun activities included.

“Obviously, this year we can’t have people in person taking rides on self-driving cars,” she said. “This year, we translated those sorts of interactive activities to a virtual setting.” 

Access to experts

Hoping to educate the community about autonomous vehicles and their role in the community, tech showcase organizers are orchestrating a live Q&A in which attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions to a panel of representatives from autonomous vehicle makers such as Waymo, Nuro and Aurora. Moderated by Mountain View Mayor Ellen Kamei, attendees will be able to learn more about projects the companies are working on, according to King, and how autonomous vehicles will be incorporated in their daily lives. 

Tips for job seekers

Because of the job uncertainty due to the pandemic, the tech showcase is offering three career-based workshops for attendees to develop their skills and understand more about the job application process. The job series will start with a lesson on how to use LinkedIn to search for job openings, followed by a session covering technical interviews that require demonstration of skills through problems. Then NOVAworks – a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing job application enhancement training – will hold a live Q&A for participants to fill any gaps in their understandings. 

Focus on locals

The event also will feature small, local businesses and spotlight local tech initiatives. The showcase will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about many of the small companies founded in Mountain View, King said, and the companies will gain exposure in the process.

In addition, Mountain View High School’s robotics team will give a presentation on its work and its relevance to the community, and an informational session will highlight technology tied to restaurant tipping.

“I’m excited for attendees to walk away from the tech showcase with a greater understanding of what different members in the community are working on and how it affects them,” King said.

To register and for more information, visit tinyurl.com/73cy6kuz.