Code/Interactive Students Present Hackathon-Winning Tech Product with Rev. Jesse Jackson at Rainbow PUSH ConferenceFebruary 17, 2016
“Protect & Swerve” Racial Profiling Awareness Project Wins Best Overall Tech Product at C/I Code Camp
Students from Code/Interactive (C/I) presented their hackathon-winning tech product, “Protect and Swerve” at Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit on Tuesday, February 16 to an audience of conference participants and civil rights leaders.
Rev. Jackson reiterated the importance of students learning tech skills for a 21st century economy and students were eager for more opportunities. “We’re available for internships,” said Shemar DaCosta, 15-year-old sophomore from the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering.
These students, who attend the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering, created a website, app, and video game at Code/Interactive’s “C/I Code Camp” on January 30 and 31st, earning the distinction of “Best Overall Product” created at the event.
Protect and Swerve is a website that increases teens’ awareness about police brutality, how it affects them, and how often it occurs in their area to people just like them. Features include an API-powered map that shows the rate of racial profiling instances in the surrounding area, a game that engages teens on the topic and supplies players with facts regarding police brutality, a place for users to upload video evidence of police brutality, and a forum for discussion among teens.
The students will next present at Social Media Week and at Code/Interactive’s Diversity In Tech Awards at the Bowery Hotel on February 25th. To purchase tickets for the Diversity in Tech Awards, please visit bit.ly/divawards.
Code/Interactive (C/I), a Bronx-based nonprofit that teaches underserved high school students how to code, hosted their first 24-hour coding and entrepreneurship event, C/I Code Camp, from 12:00 PM on Saturday, January 30, 2016 to 3:00pm on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at LMHQ 150 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York, NY. During the event, students from C/I’s 20 partner schools worked alongside professional tech mentors to build tech products that solve teen problems. The event was made possible by sponsors LMHQ, Fiverr, hackBCA, Udacity, Code School, CourseHorse, MaKey MaKey, and SparkFun.
See exemplar tech products from each category on our C/I blog: http://bit.ly/cicodecampawards.
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