How to Inspire the Next Generation of Minority Tech Developers [Video]
Code isn’t just for geeky guys.
Steve Jobs once said, “Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer…because it teaches you how to think.”
Well some folks are already on it.
In the Fall of 2013, Silicon Valley Bank teamed up with the Level Playing Field Institute, Kapor Center for Social Justice, Net Nanny and AT&T to introduce 6th to 12th graders from underrepresented minority groups to computer science via two Bay Area hackathons.
What’s great about this kind of initiative is that the whole community benefits.
Take a place like California where Latinos are 51% of the K-12 student population, but only 7% of them take AP computer science. Likewise African Americans are 7% of the K-12 population but only 1% of those take AP computer science. This means that a large percentage of the population is not being educated for the most promising jobs of the future including healthcare technology.
As Nicole Sanchez says in the video, it’s really important that tech hubs around the country, including Silicon Valley, begin to more accurately reflect the diverse demographic of the United States. Some of these students of color may be the very ones who will come up with innovative technologies that solve tough problems such as early cancer detection.
We applaud all the organizations that came together to make this happen.
Check out our events page to see other opportunities for inspiring young minority developers.