Technology Institute

Pursue your digital dreams from the intersection of inspiration and innovation.

Enter the wonderful world of apps, gaming, strategy and user experience by diving deep into emerging technology. The world’s most rapidly growing industry is an endless frontier of opportunity for those with innovative minds and the ability to turn ideas into reality. See what’s new, what’s next and what inspires your digital dreams.

At a Glance

Dates: Summer 2018 dates will be announced on November 1.

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school and rising college freshmen

Program Length: 1-week sessions

Program Tuition: $2,250 

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus

Residential or Non-Residential: Residential

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Technology Institute participants.


What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Game Design
  • Programming
  • Robotics
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Marketing
  • Coding
  • Cloud Computing

Hands-On Experience:

  • Mentorship opportunities with industry leaders
  • Networking events with tech companies
  • Shadow professionals in their work environment
  • Develop skills in coding, computing and programming

Technology Institute Costs:

Charlotte Campus (Non-Residential Program) | $1,450

Charlotte Campus (Residential Program) | $2,250

A Day in the Life

  • 9:00-9:30 am – Arrival, Light Breakfast, Icebreakers
  • 9:30-10:30 am – Panel: Tech Entrepreneurship
  • 10:30-11:00 am – Computer Programming and Design
  • 11:00-11:30 am – Guest Lecturer: Tech Startup Founder
  • 11:30 am-12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 12:00-1:00 pm – Panel Discussion: Silicon Valley – Uber, Twitter, Google, Facebook, Hotel Tonight
  • 1:00-3:00 pm – Tour and Talk: Google Fiber Tour
  • 3:00-4:00 pm – Activity: Tech Startup Business Plan Simulation
  • 4:00-4:30 pm – Guest Lecturer: Gaming Engineer


Justin Schaefer

Academic Leader, Technology Institute (Charlotte)

Justin Schaefer is a global executive with 25+ years of experience excelling in leadership roles with Sales, Finance, HR, IT, and Project Management at SPX and its various divisions. Justin’s technology background began in engineering leveraging Autocad computer aided design (CAD) systems. Throughout his career, technology has been a mainstay as he has led and managed project teams using world class tools such as SAP Hybris e-Commerce, SDL Tridion, Vignette, Microsoft Dynamics and SalesForce CRM systems, PeopleSoft, Success Factors, Hyperion, AutoDesk, ProE, SolidWorks and other tools supporting HR, Sales, Finance and Engineering. From Cloud to Application Development to Application Implementation/Management/Integration, he has successfully built and led cross-functional and cross-cultural teams worldwide in Europe, India and China; winning awards for innovation and leadership. Working and living abroad in China, Justin has an appreciation how people and business work in a global economy. Recently Justin left his corporate career to start The Resilience Institute – US. In his new capacity, Justin leverages his leadership and mentoring skills working with individuals, groups and companies seeking to sustain high performance and endure an every demanding and changing environment.