The #YesWeCode Tech Village has one goal: to teach low-opportunity youth how to code and help them become tomorrow's computer programmers.
Coding is fast becoming the language of the 21st century, and to ensure that low-opportunity youth are fluent, the #YesWeCode initiavtive hopes to teach 100,000 teens to become computer programmers to give them a fighting chance at a bright future.
At this year's ESSENCE Festival, The Rebuild The Dream Innovation Fund has partnered with Essence and headliner Prince to offer a weekend full of special events and workshops geared towards coding. Take a list at the free events below.
Friday, July 4
10:30 AM: [Learn to Code Interactive Workshop] / Positive Space NOLA
[Presentation: How to Use Technology To Fight Crime]
/ Trafalgar Solutions Group Inc.
2:00 PM: [Robot Dancer Performance] / Estella's Brilliant Bus
3:00 PM: [Build Your Own Website Interactive Workshop]/ Hack the Hood
Saturday, July 5
10:00AM: [Coding Interactive Workshop]/Black Girls Code
[Presentation: Engaging Low-Income Youth in Technology]
/Hack the Hood
11:30AM [Connecting Tech Training to Entrepreneurship Workshop]/United Roots
[Presentation: Technology and Community Leadership]
[Presentation: Entrepreneurship for Youth]
/The Hidden Genius Project
[Presentation: Why Tech for Black and Latino Students is The Greatest Economic Opportunity of Our Time]
Sunday, July 6
[Presentation: Encouraging Women and Under-represented Minorities Into Tech Careers]
National Center for Women & Information Technology
[Presentation: Mapping Your Local Innovation Ecosytem]
[Presentations: Learning Math Through Music;The Link Between Wrestling & STEM Education]
If you're going to be in New Orleans for July 4th weekend (and you should be!) stop by any one of these events and learn about the importance of coding.