#YesWeCode Essence Fest 2014

Over the Fourth of July weekend, I had a front row seat to an amazing show in New Orleans.  There were fireworks involved, but they weren’t in the sky or on a stage (sorry Prince). The light display I saw was fueled by sparks of genius and innovation from the hundreds of boys and girls of color participating in a …

Liz Eggleston & Course Report on Coding Bootcamps and Diversity

The face of the modern tech industry is not black & white.  In fact, it’s mostly white.  African-Americans make up only 4% of people in software development, application and systems jobs, and Latino/as make up only 5% of these jobs in the US (http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsrace2012.pdf).  A number of organizations like Black Girls Code, CodeNow, and the Level Playing Field Institute are …

Notes from the Road

This month, Kapor Center staff have attended a handful of conferences and events ranging from topics on increasing the diversity and success of African American women in technology leadership, to coordinating and sharing strategies amongst funders in African American communities, to addressing the employment diversity challenges and opportunities of technology sector. Here are a few notes from recent travels… FOCUS100 …

High School Female Scholars Visit Women’s Tech Conference

From October 2-5, 2013, our very own Jennifer Argüello took 3 young female Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) seniors to experience what some say is the Woodstock for technical women – The Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing.  It’s the largest gathering of women in computing in the world and is run by the Anita Borg Institute. Attendees are talented technical women …

CodeNow Launches Bay Area Programming – 9/20 Application Deadline

The Kapor Center is proud to partner with CodeNow, a nonprofit that provides free, extracurricular training in computer programming and an opportunity to earn a free laptop to underserved high school students. Last Thursday, September 5, Kapor Center staff had the privilege of attending CodeNow’s Bay Area Launch event at HP offices in Palo Alto, CA, along with other partners and supporters. …

Kapor Capital Fellows visit Pandora

Guest blog by Janine Siegal, Kapor Fellow There’s always something a little smug about teaching your own parent how to use something.  I use the term smug because it’s sort of like, “Hey thanks for changing my diapers way back when, now let me tap on a four inch wide screen three times and show YOU what’s up!”  See?  Smug. …

OpenOakland Hosts June 1 Event to Improve City of Oakland’s Website

As part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, local city officials, Code for America, The Hub Oakland, and PopUpHood have organized an event called ‘ReWrite Oakland.’ The event will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2013, and hackers and local residents are encouraged to help create and launch a variation of an “Ask Jeeves”  search engine specific to Oakland’s …

Mitch Kapor & Freada Kapor Klein to Speak at SM4NP’s Nonprofit Boot Camp

I’m pleased to announce that our very own Mitchell Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein will be the keynote speakers at the ‘resurrected’ Nonprofit Boot Camp that was previously produced by Craigslist Foundation.  On June 12, Nonprofit Boot Camp comes back to life in Silicon Valley.  Boot Camp will cover the spectrum of nonprofit management issues facing established organizations and will …

Free Tech Clinic for Nonprofit Salesforce Users – April 5, SF

Attention Salesforce Users! Does your non-profit (501c3) use the Salesforce software? Are there aspects of it you would like to learn more about? If so, then book a free spot at Community Technology Network‘s first Tech Teach-In on April 5. The event is co-sponsored by Salesforce Foundation. Date: Friday, April 5th Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm Location: Salesforce, 50 Fremont St, …

Free Workshop – Demystifying Program Evaluation – February 22

The Foundation Center will be holding a free workshop entitled “Demystifying Program Evaluation: Making Evaluation Accessible”. In understandable, everyday language, explore barriers to conducting program evaluations, learn different types of evaluation, develop decision-making tools regarding whether to conduct evaluations internally or to hire an outside consultant, and learn the basic steps toward creating your own outcomes-based evaluation. As funders are …

CompassPoint’s Next Gen Leaders of Color Program Accepting Applications!

CompassPoint’s signature leadership development program, Next Generation Leaders of Color, is now accepting applications for its next cohort of managers working in a Bay Area health and human service nonprofits.  The program will launch in April 2013.  To download the program fact sheet which includes eligibility requirements and a preview of the application, click HERE.