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, …

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. …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …