Designing Hackathons that Work

Hackathons democratize social change technology by uniting coders with people who want to enact change in their communities through app design. At the Kapor Center, we often say that we have enough apps to tell you the weather; we need innovative apps that address safety, educational access, equity, language barriers, community organizing, food justice, and other issues faced by underrepresented …

YesWeCode Panel at Milken Global Conference

On Monday April 28th, Mitch Kapor represented the Kapor Center for Social Impact, side by side with Van Jones, Chris Tucker, CODE2040, MIT Media Lab and BMe Community, to discuss the power of coding and Information Technology. Along with its power to boost productivity and grow the GDP, information technology can transform communities and lift up young people in America’s urban centers, …

César Chávez Biopic Hitting Theaters This Weekend

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.”-César Chávez César Chávez galvanized mass support for farm workers’ rights in the 1960s by …

HACK THE HOOD IS HIRING FOR 2014!

ABOUT HACK THE HOOD http://www.hackthehood.org/ Hack the Hood is an innovative, hands-on program that teaches tech skills to low-income Oakland youth of color, then pairs them with local small businesses to build mobile-friendly web sites and get them listed in online maps & directories. Hack the Hood teaches youth about careers in tech through visitors to companies like Facebook, Pandora, …

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Latin@s in Tech Pre-Conference Coming to SXSW

In one week the Kapor Center will descend upon Austin, Texas for the first ever Latin@s in Tech SxSW pre-conference, uniting some of the most accomplished Latino/a tech leaders in the country. The one day conference on March 6th will feature notable speakers, including Maria Hinojosa and Ben Jealous, panels, and sessions aimed to unite Latino/as in tech with the …

Kapor Capital’s New Website Invites Diverse Investment Candidates

The Kapor Center has recently launched a new website for our start-up investment activities, Kapor Capital, designed by our partners at Design Action Collective. Kapor Capital is a seed stage firm that invests in tech start-ups with a social impact focus. We invest in approximately 25 companies annually. One of the companies in our portfolio is Pigeonly. Based out of …

Undocumented and Unafraid: DREAMers and Jose Antonio Vargas

The Kapor Center and our partners at Define American screened the film Documented, written and directed by Jose Antonio Vargas, to an audience of more than 250 people on Tuesday January 28th at the Kaiser Center in Oakland. The film was an inspiring portrait of Jose, who, after winning the Pulitzer Prize for his writing with the Washington Post on …

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. catalyzed revolutionary social change, plowing through insurmountable odds to usher in the next chapter of racial justice in America. We can honor the sacrifices made in the civil rights movement by forging new paths to opportunity that did not exist yesterday. At the Kapor Center, we frequently reflect upon the state of equality in America …

Let’s Not Leave Genius on the Table

In his keynote address at the 2013 SoCap conference last week, Van Jones offered an audience of investors and entrepreneurs a “scheme” (his words) to advance Dr. King’s Dream, a “scheme” to create “a Silicon Valley Dr. King would be proud of.” Van proposed joining forces to bring together 100,000 low-income African American youth  – 25k in the East, 25k, in …