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C/I Teams Up with Leaders in Public, Private, and Non-Profit Sectors’ For New Ed-Tech Hackathon

November 7, 2014 by

(PRESS RELEASE) AT&T, Conde Nast, The New York City Department of Education, Teach For America, and Women Who Code Join Bronx-Based Non-Profit to Connect with Next Generation Game Developers and Improve Digital Education Standards

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New York, NY (November 7, 2014) – C/I, a Bronx-based nonprofit that teaches underserved students how to code and build entrepreneurial skills, today announced a partnership with leaders in both business and education for a first of its kind effort to give Ed-Tech leaders and New York City high school students the ability to collaboratively design educational mobile apps and computer software. AT&T and C/I will lead the initiative with participation from The New York City Department of Education, Teach For America, Conde Nast, Women Who Code, and Amplify, a company that creates digital K-12 education products. During the hackathon over 100 C/I students will present educational software projects that they have developed while giving educators and developers a better sense of students’ digital education needs. Each student product focuses on solving an existing problem previously identified by students like a lack of access to SAT tutoring. The event will be held at Google’s Chelsea Market location on Saturday November 8, from 9am to 5pm.

“Our students have more insight into the intersection of digital media and their educational needs than anyone else. Their voices need to be heard in the Ed-Tech community in order to build better products from the ground up,” said Tom O’Connell, C/I Program Director and a former high school science teacher. ”We’re excited to give students this great opportunity to learn entrepreneurship and gain technology skills while helping shape the work of leading developers and computer science professionals.”

Leading up to the hackathon, C/I’s students competed in a mobile app competition to come up with solutions to common problems found in education today. C/I chose two teams from each of its participating schools to attend the summit, and matched each team to a professional tech mentor to guide students through the product development process. Students are creating a clickable wireframe using the POP App, a website developed with student knowledge of HTML and CSS, and a memorable presentation designed to appeal to potential investors.

Mary Pryor, Program Consultant at the AT&T Developer Program and co-organizer of the “hackathon” said: “We’re excited to partner with C/I for this hackathon and share the wealth of resources that the AT&T Developer community can provide. It’s imperative that exposure to technology starts early, and we believe that working with organizations, businesses, non-profits, startups, and technology platforms who share this belief is critical to both technological advances, but also to ensuring diverse inclusion within the mobile tech industry.”

Charissa Fernández, Executive Director, Teach For America – New York, said: “We are thrilled that so many Teach For America alumni are taking the initiative to ensure our kids have access to experiences like this hackathon. New York’s low-income communities are vastly underrepresented in our city’s thriving technology sector. It’s vital that all students have access to all the opportunities STEM has created in our city. A strong STEM education gives students options.”

In addition to the student hackathon, C/I is working with Women Who Code to teach students’ mothers how to code in a separate session, helping to turn the students’ families from supporters, to active participants in their children’s technology education.

C/I is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 2001 strongly committed to empowering inner city youth in realizing their potential. C/I aims to break the cycle of inner-city youth poverty by providing positive leadership role models, opportunities in empowering outdoor leadership experiences, and access to technology training.


Tom O’Connell
Email: [email protected]
Office Phone: 718-708-4852
Cell Phone: 914-874-3278

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