Code/Interactive, Code.org, and Facebook partner to celebrate Computer Science Education Week
What were you up to last week? Here at Code/Interactive (C/I) we partnered with Code.org and Facebook to organzine a series of eight events across New York City and in Austin, Texas! Sounds exhausting? Not really because we love what we do for our 5,000 students nationwide.
We kicked off our efforts with a C/I hackathon for over 100 students at Galvanize. During the day student spent nearly 12 hours, yes 12 hours, developing products to hack bias in their communities. Our hackathon judges were comprised of representative from the New York Yankees, Madison Square Garden (Go Knicks and Rangers!), and Sieglevision.
Next on deck were stops at schools in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx for a series of Code Pep Rallies. Our students wowed an impressive panel of dignitaries that included:
- Hadi Pavorti, co-founder and CEO of Code.org
- Gustavo Rivera, State Senator
- Gail Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
- Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President
- Ramon Cabral, Congressional Liaison for Congressman Jose Serrano
- Jeff Lowell, Brooklyn Borough President’s Office
- Diane Levitt, Cornell Tech
- Peipei Zhou and Katie Olson, Facebook
- Chau Dang, Accenture
We also got the chance to bring our supporters, teachers, and students to a celebration at Facebook’s office in New York City and to NASDQ to cheer on Code.ord CEO Hadi Pavroti as he was presented an award and included the once in a lifetime chance for our students to ring the opening bell. CIBC also took part in our efforts during the week as we participate in CIBC Miracle Day, a charity drive organized by our long time supporters!
Our week concluded with a hackathon for our Central Texas Coding4TX students. This tech community came out and showed our students that they are welcomed and needed to keep up their efforts to become the generation that really diversifies tech! Hugh Forrest, the Chief Programming Officer SXSW and Derek Keller of TechStars served as judges and the Mayor of Austin, Steve Adler closed the day with encouraging words and awards and prizes!
Impressed with events like these? Make sure you donate to our #CodeDrive. If just 20,000 people made a recurring $5 donation, Code/Interactive would be funded into perpetuity.
A $50 donation will support a single student and a $500 gift will offset the cost of curriculum and teacher professional development. A $5,000 gift will support an entire school’s worth of students.
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