CodeCrew Equips Underserved Kids With STEM Training

CodeCrew

I was thrilled to meet Meka Egwuekwe, executive director of the nonprofit CodeCrew, at the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit in San Francisco. Egwuekwe quit his job to run CodeCrew. He is a former director of software development at Lokion Interactive and has been a software developer for 19 years.

Putting Memphis on the Tech Map

 

What is CodeCrew? Founded by Egwuekwe, Petya Grady, and Audrey Jones, CodeCrew teaches middle and high school students essential technology skills, like coding, app development, Javascript, Python, and more. Based in Memphis, CodeCrew is focused on equipping the city’s underrepresented groups with tech skill and knowledge.

“My co-founders and I very much believe that persuading more kids from underrepresented groups to consider college, career, and entrepreneurship in computer science is fundamental to the prosperity of Memphis,” Egwuekwe wrote in an email. “This city will soon be the first majority African American metropolis in the country, and we cannot ‘white and Asian male’ our way to prosperity. We must persuade young African Americans, Latinos, and girls to pursue these 21st-century opportunities, or else.” 

CodeCrew recently wrapped up a two-day Memphis City Pride hackathon, where kids who had participated in the organization’s three summer camps came together to meet a programming challenge and compete for prizes. The event was funded by CodeCrew’s first and most prominent partner, the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Memphis Grizzlies NBA basketball team. More than 40 middle school and high school kids participated.

“The event lived up to being a high energy, exciting affair that got kids pumped about coding, just as we’d intended,” Egwuekwe says.

 

codecrew (Image: Courtesy of CodeCrew)

 

Broadening Its Impact

 

In addition to the hands-on tech training CodeCrew provides, the organization has been influential in returning computer science elective classes to at least two inner city Memphis schools. Egwuekwe expects these course offerings to grow and expand.

“This is also our first step towards eventually offering AP computer science [classes] in urban schools,” he says.

Although CodeCrew is focused on Memphis, Egwuekwe and his co-founders are seeking to grow its networks “dynamically beyond Memphis.”

“We will be an active partner in Oakland-based Qeyno Labs’ upcoming Tech Equity Week in April 2017. We also hope to develop ties with other organizations, such as Yes We Code, Code.org, The Hidden Genius Project, and others. CodeCrew firmly believes in the cooperative spirit of spreading youth tech education to underrepresented groups across Memphis and across the country.”

For more about CodeCrew, visit the website.

CodeCrew Equips Underserved Kids With STEM Training

CodeCrew

I was thrilled to meet Meka Egwuekwe, executive director of the nonprofit CodeCrew, at the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit in San Francisco. Egwuekwe quit his job to run CodeCrew. He is a former director of software development at Lokion Interactive and has been a software developer for 19 years.

Putting Memphis on the Tech Map

 

What is CodeCrew? Founded by Egwuekwe, Petya Grady, and Audrey Jones, CodeCrew teaches middle and high school students essential technology skills, like coding, app development, Javascript, Python, and more. Based in Memphis, CodeCrew is focused on equipping the city’s underrepresented groups with tech skill and knowledge.

“My co-founders and I very much believe that persuading more kids from underrepresented groups to consider college, career, and entrepreneurship in computer science is fundamental to the prosperity of Memphis,” Egwuekwe wrote in an email. “This city will soon be the first majority African American metropolis in the country, and we cannot ‘white and Asian male’ our way to prosperity. We must persuade young African Americans, Latinos, and girls to pursue these 21st-century opportunities, or else.” 

CodeCrew recently wrapped up a two-day Memphis City Pride hackathon, where kids who had participated in the organization’s three summer camps came together to meet a programming challenge and compete for prizes. The event was funded by CodeCrew’s first and most prominent partner, the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Memphis Grizzlies NBA basketball team. More than 40 middle school and high school kids participated.

“The event lived up to being a high energy, exciting affair that got kids pumped about coding, just as we’d intended,” Egwuekwe says.

 

codecrew (Image: Courtesy of CodeCrew)

 

Broadening Its Impact

 

In addition to the hands-on tech training CodeCrew provides, the organization has been influential in returning computer science elective classes to at least two inner city Memphis schools. Egwuekwe expects these course offerings to grow and expand.

“This is also our first step towards eventually offering AP computer science [classes] in urban schools,” he says.

Although CodeCrew is focused on Memphis, Egwuekwe and his co-founders are seeking to grow its networks “dynamically beyond Memphis.”

“We will be an active partner in Oakland-based Qeyno Labs’ upcoming Tech Equity Week in April 2017. We also hope to develop ties with other organizations, such as Yes We Code, Code.org, The Hidden Genius Project, and others. CodeCrew firmly believes in the cooperative spirit of spreading youth tech education to underrepresented groups across Memphis and across the country.”

For more about CodeCrew, visit the website.

That’s a Wrap on the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit

TechConneXt

It’s officially a wrap on the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit and to call it a success would be a complete understatement.

Who’s who of the tech industry gathered at the San Francisco Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame, California where attendees embarked on a journey through all things innovation, opportunity, and diversity in technology.

Though the Summit was based in Silicon Valley, influencers from all over the nation came together to bring their expertise, ideas, insight and advice to over 500 eager attendees.

In addition to those who attended the conference to learn, connect, and be inspired, 4 students from 10 top HBCUs also attended to participate in a 4 day BE Smart Hackathon, sponsored by Toyota. Throughout the Summit, these students were charged with the opportunity to hack away while competing to create an infotainment app to be judged by industry insiders. This year, the students from North Carolina A&T University took home the highest honors having created an app that helps one find all things black anywhere they are in the nation.  

The TechConneXt Summit’s overall success is much credited to the event’s gracious sponsors and partners including AT&T, Intel, Toyota, Prudential, American Airlines, Microsoft, Symantec, Dell Technologies,  Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lockheed Martin, FedEx Express, Hennessy, Miller-Coors, IBM, Kapor Center, LinkedIn, Uber, Fitbit and Airbnb, who all fully support and uplift the call for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.

Be on the lookout for videos and photos from the event and be sure to check out #TECHCNXT on social media outlets to get a glimpse of what you missed.

Already looking forward to seeing you in Silicon Valley next year!

That’s a Wrap on the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit

TechConneXt

It’s officially a wrap on the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit and to call it a success would be a complete understatement.

Who’s who of the tech industry gathered at the San Francisco Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame, California where attendees embarked on a journey through all things innovation, opportunity, and diversity in technology.

Though the Summit was based in Silicon Valley, influencers from all over the nation came together to bring their expertise, ideas, insight and advice to over 500 eager attendees.

In addition to those who attended the conference to learn, connect, and be inspired, 4 students from 10 top HBCUs also attended to participate in a 4 day BE Smart Hackathon, sponsored by Toyota. Throughout the Summit, these students were charged with the opportunity to hack away while competing to create an infotainment app to be judged by industry insiders. This year, the students from North Carolina A&T University took home the highest honors having created an app that helps one find all things black anywhere they are in the nation.  

The TechConneXt Summit’s overall success is much credited to the event’s gracious sponsors and partners including AT&T, Intel, Toyota, Prudential, American Airlines, Microsoft, Symantec, Dell Technologies,  Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lockheed Martin, FedEx Express, Hennessy, Miller-Coors, IBM, Kapor Center, LinkedIn, Uber, Fitbit and Airbnb, who all fully support and uplift the call for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.

Be on the lookout for videos and photos from the event and be sure to check out #TECHCNXT on social media outlets to get a glimpse of what you missed.

Already looking forward to seeing you in Silicon Valley next year!

That’s a Wrap on the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit

TechConneXt

It’s officially a wrap on the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit and to call it a success would be a complete understatement.

Who’s who of the tech industry gathered at the San Francisco Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame, California where attendees embarked on a journey through all things innovation, opportunity, and diversity in technology.

Though the Summit was based in Silicon Valley, influencers from all over the nation came together to bring their expertise, ideas, insight and advice to over 500 eager attendees.

In addition to those who attended the conference to learn, connect, and be inspired, 4 students from 10 top HBCUs also attended to participate in a 4 day BE Smart Hackathon, sponsored by Toyota. Throughout the Summit, these students were charged with the opportunity to hack away while competing to create an infotainment app to be judged by industry insiders. This year, the students from North Carolina A&T University took home the highest honors having created an app that helps one find all things black anywhere they are in the nation.  

The TechConneXt Summit’s overall success is much credited to the event’s gracious sponsors and partners including AT&T, Intel, Toyota, Prudential, American Airlines, Microsoft, Symantec, Dell Technologies,  Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lockheed Martin, FedEx Express, Hennessy, Miller-Coors, IBM, Kapor Center, LinkedIn, Uber, Fitbit and Airbnb, who all fully support and uplift the call for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.

Be on the lookout for videos and photos from the event and be sure to check out #TECHCNXT on social media outlets to get a glimpse of what you missed.

Already looking forward to seeing you in Silicon Valley next year!

TechConneXt Summit: The Official Kickoff

TechConnext

Though eager HBCU students have been hacking away here in Silicon Valley for the past 2 days, the official kick-off for the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit begins today!

Today, thought leaders, executives, influencers and innovators are gathered here at the San Francisco Marriot Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame, California for 2 days of collaboration, learning, networking, and all things tech.

Over the next couple of days we’ll be learning about the thousands of high-paying jobs and career opportunities before we take on innovation, marketing and business labs, diversity in Silicon Valley, one-on-one with the tech industry’s elite, indulge on success in sharing economies, opportunities in tech, tech and entertainment, what’s hot, what’s new, what’s next in tech, and so much more.

Who you can expect to see these next few days:

-Ryan Leslie – CEO, MZRT
-Tristan Walker – Founder/CEO, Walker & Co. Brands
-Rodney Williams – CEO LISNR
-Steward Butterfield – CEO, Slack
-Everette Taylor – SMO, Skurt
-Stefan Grant – Co-Founder, Noirbnb
-Brian Brackeen – Founder/CEO, Kairos
-Ty Ahmad -Taylor, CEO, THX, Ltd.
-Rodney Adkins – President, 3Ramp Group
-Hadiyah-Nicole Green – Asst. Professor, Physiology, Morehouse School of Medicine
…and many more.

What you can expect to gain:
More than you bargained for.

If you can’t be here you can still be here! The Summit is streaming live and you’re invited to tune in.

Log on to the livestream to catch all the action:

HACKATHON LIVESTREAM
www.blackenterprise.com/events/techconnext/techconnext-hackathon/

EVENT LIVESTREAM
www.blackenterprise.com/events/techconnext/techconnext-livestream/

It’s not too late to experience the summit firsthand. REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit and meet us at the Marriot Waterfront Hotel for 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit.

Watch What’s Happening at BE TechConneXt Summit Right Now!

TechConneXt

If you are unable to attend the 2nd annual TechConneXt Summit fret not! You may watch the Summit’s informative panels and the BE Smart Hackathon live right now via livestream!

Check out the agenda and tune in.

To watch what’s happening live click the links below:

HACKATHON LIVESTREAM (Live now)
www.blackenterprise.com/events/techconnext/techconnext-hackathon/

EVENT LIVESTREAM (Live Monday, October 10 – Tuesday, October 11
www.blackenterprise.com/events/techconnext/techconnext-livestream/

Be sure to follow #TECHCNXT and #BEHACK on social media to remain in the loop.

If watching the livestream has you all the more eager to attend the Summit, you still have time. REGISTER NOW and meet us in San Francisco at the San Francisco Marriot Waterfront Hotel for the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit.

See you (or you can simply watch us) in Silicon Valley!

[TechConneXt Summit] Day 2: Diversity, Finance, Opportunities, and Success

Hope you techies are enjoying your TechConneXt experience, thus far. It is now Day 2 of the summit, and the event is full steam ahead.

Today the agenda is full of informative sessions on trends, gaming, music, strategizing, and more. See below for a little guide of what you can expect of today’s activities:

[Related: [Tech ConneXt Summit] AT&T Sponsors Black STEM Students at TechconneXt Summit In Silicon Valley]

  • The BE SMART Hackathon hackers are still at it with their App Creation: Financial Management Re-imagined, hosted by Capitol One. Each team is deep in the trenches of creating an app with the ability to govern user finances by creating budgets, tracking spending, managing expenses, executing a savings and investing plan, and reviewing credit history. The teams will be judged on the efficacy of the app. The hackathon begins at 6:00 a.m. PST. The winner will be announced later this evening.
  • At 8:00 a.m. the Honorable Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento, will speak with interviewer Earl “Butch” Graves, Jr., president & CEO, Black Enterprise, about Reinventing Urban America. This discussion will focus on Mayor Johnson’s views on how 3.0 cities are building “next” economies as hubs of entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Intel will be presenting a Corporate Showcase from 9:20 a.m.-9:40 a.m. with Anthony Neal Graves, vice president, Internet of Things Group.
  • A panel of tech executives including Kate Mitchell, Co-founder & partner, Scale Venture, Mark Mathewson, VP risk & finance technology, Capital One, Frank Sanders, vice president, Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel Corporation, and Michael DeAngelo, head of people, Pinterest, will host a discussion on diversity in Silicon Valley at 9:45 a.m. This session will be moderated by Belinda Grant-Anderson, vice president, diversity and inclusion, AT&T, and will focus on the tools Silicon Valley needs to deal with its diversity problem and the constraints placed on the pipeline in minority recruitment.
  • As the morning continues, there will be a Tech Hubs Replicating Silicon Valley roundtable (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) that will look at cities that are becoming blossoming tech centers. Tech power players Jill Ford, head of innovation & entrepreneurship, City of Detroit, Earl Robinson, CEO, PowerMoves.NOLA, and Rodney Sampson, founder & CEO, Opportunity HUB, will discuss growing markets around the country in terms of venture dollars and deal flow.