Exclusive Sponsor

We are proud to have SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) as the exclusive sponsor of Be the Change for Kids Innovation Awards.


SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem, formed from the merger of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and SUNY Institute of Technology. With more than $20 billion in high-tech investments, SUNY Poly represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise. Its growing footprint spans upstate New York, from its world-class, 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech Complex, where more than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work, to its high-tech campus in Utica, in addition to significant operations in Halfmoon, Rochester and Buffalo, NY.


SUNY Poly’s support of the “Be the Change for Kids Innovation Awards” is a testament to its dedication and commitment to preparing the next generation of nanotechnology-savvy professionals. This comes amid projections by the National Science Foundation that by 2020, the field of nanotechnology will employ 6 million workers, 2 million of whom are expected to be in the United States. SUNY Poly students, faculty, and staff lead a comprehensive platform of educational outreach initiatives that annually impact more than 13,000 elementary, middle and high school students across New York, working collaboratively with school districts throughout the state to develop school-to-work activities such as internships, scholarships, summer activities, and K-12 science and technology curricula that provide strong skill foundations for students.