When President Obama announced his plan “Computer Science for All” many were excited about the new initiative. The stated goal of giving every student in America an early start at learning the skills they’ll need to get ahead in the new economy is critical.
Qeyno Labs in Oakland, California has been at the forefront of closing the gap of introducing young people to code. They were thrilled with the #CSforALL message and along with Rainbow PUSH will hold “Tech EQuity Week,” a first-of-its-kind event in Oakland.
Tech EQuity Week will feature events focused on tech company diversity, inclusion, and parity, and the My Brother’s Keeper Hackathon (#MBKHack).
White and Asian men hold most jobs in the fast-growing tech sector. But this extended week wiill show Qeyno Trailblazers (youth) working alongside adult professionals as their mentors to level up their coding and app development skills.
We anticipate more exciting news to come as the biggest, boldest, and brightest gather to make TEQWeek and My Brother’s Keeper Hackathon a vision of inclusive innovation that makes every workplace, every classroom an incubator of a more equitable future.
Cedric Brown, is chief of community engagement at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, which aims to close the racial gap in tech.
He told USA Today, “With Uber’s imminent arrival in 2017, we want to say: This is what Oakland is. We want to be the hub for tech equity in the nation.”