Update on the Kapor Center’s new home

As summer gets underway, we are getting closer to taking the next steps with our future home at 2148 Broadway.  Located in Uptown, the building will house the Kapor Center as well as several like-minded non-profits and businesses. If you’ve walked by in the last several months, you may have noticed work going on already.  We have been doing interior …

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, …

Ben Jealous is joining our staff!

Former NAACP president & CEO will focus on social impact investments in tech startups and community organizations that narrow gaps (Oakland, CA)-  Benjamin Todd Jealous, who served as President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) until last December, will join the Kapor Center for Social Impact as a partner, the Center announced today. …

Join Us! Seeking Research Prize Manager!

People: We’re emerging from planning and are eager to re-launch our Hidden Bias Research Prize! But we need additional hands and leadership in order to do it, so we’re on the fast track to hire a program manager. Essentially we’re looking for someone with super-strong project management skills, an entrepreneurial/go-getter spirit, familiarity with academic research and the tech sector, and …

Hot Jobs!

Not that kind of Jobs. Three of our partner/portfolio organizations are hiring! Check ’em out and spread the word to your diverse networks! #YesWeCode is looking for a Project Manager. See the job description here. The #YesWeCode initiative targets low-opportunity youth and provides them with the necessary resources and tools to become world-class computer programmers. #YesWeCode will recruit hundreds of …

First-ever Latin@ Tech Conference to Precede SXSW Interactive

WHEN: March 6, 2014 WHERE:  George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, Austin TX The Kapor Center for Social Impact, along with Kety Esquivel, Principal of Esquivel McCarson Consulting and Ana Flores, Principal of Latina Bloggers Connect announce the start of planning for the first ever Latino Technology Conference to precede SXSW. “We decided to hold this pre-SXSW Latino Technology Conference in …

Level the Coding Field

At the Kapor Center, we often say “Silicon Valley is losing out on untapped talent,” and “when the community of tech CREATORS more accurately reflects the demographics of the nation, we will see the kind of innovations our country needs.”  We truly believe that those living with the most pressing challenges in society are those who will also find the …

Issue Dive: Prison Phone Service Costs

Yesterday, we profiled one of Kapor Capital’s newest investment portfolio companies, Pigeon.ly, and its founder, Frederick Huston, which delivers to incarcerated individuals and their families a cost-saving service, promotes critical contact between them, and offers a long-sought after alternative to monopolies on such service provision. The issue of prison phone rates has been a long and troubling one, where the …

Celebrating (& Learning from) Champions of Change

Over the past year, we’ve had the honor of working with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on specific events focusing on increasing active participation of people of color and women, among other populations, in the tech industry/economy. We were present last week when the White House recognized 11 Champions of Change for Tech Inclusion, citizens …

inspiration keeps good company: highlights of Platform.org

We at the Kapor Center have been busy in the offline world. leading edge techtrepeneurs Recently, a delegation of Kapor Center staff and partners attended the inaugural Platform Summit. Hosted at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA, the conference brought together about 150 of today’s most provocative thought-leaders for three days of deep dialogue and exploration into the issues …