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Rebuild the Dream
ESSENCE and Prince partner to empower young mind and transform our future at the Festival as we champion awareness and foster education.  #YesWeCode, a special community initiative led by the Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund is recruiting hundreds of grassroots training programs - plus major technology partners, celebrities and political leaders - to help 100,000 low-opportunity youth learn the language of coding and programming.  With the power to code, the next generation can design a future that works for them - and for all of us.
We'll introduce some of the country's greatest talents in the field here and you can meet them at the 2014 Festival to find out how you can make a difference to the young computer programmer in your life.  
On February 7-9, 2014, the Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund partners with Qeyno Labs to launch the first hackathon for black male achievement with a focus on young black men.  The theme for this Oakland-based startup weekend mega-event is "Could an App Have Saved Trayvon Martin? Building a Silicon Valley that Lives up to Dr. King's Dream".

 

Kalimah Priforce, the co-founder of Qeyno Labs, and the coordinator for this hackathon, is also one of the forces behind the Hidden Genius Project, an Oakland-based non-profit that teaches young boys of color high-level computer programming skills.  Rebuild the Dream's Van Jones will be keynote speaker for the Saturday evening gala event.  To find out more and how to attend, visit here.

Black Girls CODE, one of #YesWeCode's partner organizations, will be hosting a mobile app and gaming hackathon for youth at the National Society of Black Engineer's (NSBE) 40th Annual National Convention on March 29, 2014 in Nashville, TN. NSBE is the largest undergraduate and professional organization for engineers of color with chapters across the U.S. and internationally. The NSBE convention expects to draw over 10,000 attendees.

Kimberly Bryant is the founder and executive director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer programming with a concentration on entrepreneurial concept. Since 2011, Ms. Bryant has helped Black Girl CODE grow from a local organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international non-profit organization with chapters in seven US cities and Johannesburg, South Africa serving over 2,500 African/African-American, Latina, and Native American girls. In 2013, Black Girls Code and was selected by Business Insider in 2013 on its list of BusinessInsider.com's list of The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology and was named to The Root 100 list. Ms. Bryant was honored in 2013 as a Champion of Change by the White House for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls.

For more information about the Rebuild the Dream initiative #YesWeCode, visit yeswecode.com.



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