Computer Science in California Schools: An Analysis of Access, Enrollment and Equity

This report examines current and trend data on course access, enrollment, and equity in computer science education across California. Key findings from this report include: *Just 39% of high schools in California offer computer science courses, and only 14% offer Advanced Placement Computer Science A. *Low-income schools are 4x less likely to offer AP CS A than high-income schools and …

CSinSkools

The Kapor Center has partnered with the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology at Arizona State University to launch the Women of Color in Computing Researcher/Practitioner Collaborative (https://www.wocincomputing.org). This data brief outlines the participation of women of color across the computing pipeline. View Report

What’s it like to be a female tech entrepreneur?

It’s been roughly one year since the summer of Silicon Valley’s discontent. Women’s stories of their encounters with creepy VCs may not have surprised us, but they did usher in a series of expulsions, hand-wringing and — because this is Silicon Valley — opportunities to cash in on the movement. View Article

Kapor Capital Associate Brian Dixon at Focus100 Conference

5 Steps to Raising Your First Million

Only 8% of venture capital (VC) funding is received by female entrepreneurs. Only 1% of VC funding is received by African-Americans. The reasons for this grave disparity in funding opportunities between White and Asian male founders and women and underrepresented people of color have been well documented. Recognizing this is a problem worth solving, increasingly more programs and initiatives are …

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, …

In Largely White Male Tech World, Why Capitalism Needs An Upgrade

CNN Op-Ed, March 28, 2014 By Mitchell Kapor and Benjamin Todd Jealous When Frederick Hutson left prison in 2012 after serving four years on marijuana-related charges, he realized he had gained something more than his freedom: insight into an overlooked consumer market. Many inmates are stuck in an age before Instagram or Facebook, relying on envelopes and pay phones to connect with family …

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. …

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 …

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 …