CODING NATION: 300+ Programs Offer Coding & Comp Sci Education

We’re excited to announce the release of CODING NATION: The Kapor Center Coding Report & Database. What began as a landscape survey of coding and computer science programs – originally just intended for our internal use – soon grew into a comprehensive collection of such programs. We realized that rather than keep it to ourselves, in a spirit of sharing …

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 …

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. …

Entrepreneurs Solve Problems They Have Experienced

Entrepreneurs solve problems. Entrepreneurs don’t quit. And while entrepreneurs come from all walks of life, not everyone has the same access to capital. And this is where the Kapor Center for Social Impact works to make a difference. Whether it’s partnering with BlackGirlsCode or providing venture round funding to non-traditional entrepreneurs, we’re looking to close the gap. So we’re thrilled …

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 …

And Justice for All

Over the past week I’ve been mentally composing a response to share through the Kapor Center blog about the Trayvon Martin slaying, the Zimmerman verdict, and the maddening wounds of racial inequity and discord that the case has laid bare in the US. I’ve read and participated in social media op-eds, campaigns, and memes about this controversy. Much has been …

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. …

Nominate a Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion

This week, we’re making a push to  get the word out about the White House Champions of Change nomination process: “President Obama has challenged each one of us to help win the future by out-educating, out-innovating, and out-building our competitors in the 21st century…Every week, we will invite these Champions of Change to the White House to share their ideas …