US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey Report on the Disparities in STEM Employment by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin
Disrupt Academy is a rotational Education program. These coding and self help classes will prepare youth for success in the real world. By reaching out to these underserved members of the community, they will gain exposure to the technology and education that is currently beyond their reach.
Disrupt Hackathon is a 1-day competition where ideas are given life, teams are formed, and the best business concept wins. Participants are exposed to the different aspects of the startup business process. They must go from inception to design to testing, validating their ideas every step of the way. The experience of meeting and collaborating with other like-minded peers and mentors will create a lasting impact.
It is important for kids to see examples of people that look like them in the tech industry to realize that it is a possibility for them to follow suit. Throughout our curriculum and hackathon events we will feature women and other minority speakers that are entrepreneurs, developers, and social innovators in their communities.
hack·a·thon \hakaTHän\: noun. an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.
It is open to all students to display their talent and skills in programming no matter what level. Along with mentors, expert developers and business coaches, they are tasked to design and build an app or a website.
The teams will choose whether they will make a web or mobile application
3 teams will be chosen as winners, they will be ranked from 1st to 3rd place
Each team can have 3 to 5 members and can import one professional.
A time limit (8hrs) will be given to all the teams registered to do their assigned tasks
Our vision is to create a fun-filled experience for kids to enjoy building and creating from their ideas. We want kids to believe that they can be their own superheroes by solving real-world problems. Themed with a superhero “Disrupt” logo, participants will be provided with shirts and capes to feel empowered and inspired to change the world!
DISRUPT SUPERHERO HQ: Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library
We are partnering up with Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library to provide a comfortable space for the kids to hack away and turn their ideas into fruition. A diverse group of successful tech entrepreneurs, engineers and guest judges will be sharing their stories to mentor kids to become leaders of their own communities. Our intention is that when kids see people that look like them and speak like them in successful careers and building their own companies, they will accept it as a reality that it can happen to them!
If you’d like to participate as a student or a volunteer please register here.
Operation Disrupt is founded by 15 year old girl, Victoria Walker and her mother, Denise Walker. Victoria first started to code at the age of 10. In 2012, 11 year old Victoria, competed in hackathons and pitch competitions designed for seasoned executive developers and successfully won various competitions. In 2013 she was awarded Top Ten Innovator of the Year for Blacks in Tech at SXSWi in Austin, Texas. Denise Walker is the CEO of Digital Media Wave, a design and marketing firm based in Los Angeles. A few years ago she was successfully and pridefully winning hackathons back-to-back as one of the few, if not the only, woman in the competition. She asked Victoria to consider participating in a hackathon she was competing in under the condition that she pitches her own idea and forms her own team. That was the moment that her winning streak was killed when Victoria walked away with $20K from the AT&T sponsored hackathon. From Victoria’s success and growth as a leader, public speaker and junior developer and Denise’s observation of the tech diversity gap, both in number of women and lack of people of color, they identified 2 problems: 1) Most kids do not have the opportunity to be exposed to such amazing experiences 2) Tech inclusion is not being addressed at a young age. This is why Disrupt Hackathon was created.
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