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
11:30 AM: [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

10:30AM [Presentation: Engaging Low-Income Youth in Technology]/Hack the Hood

11:30AM [Connecting Tech Training to Entrepreneurship Workshop]/United Roots

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2:00PM [Presentation: Technology and Community Leadership]/i.c. stars

2:45PM [Presentation: Entrepreneurship for Youth]/The Hidden Genius Project

3:30PM [Presentation: Why Tech for Black and Latino Students is The Greatest Economic Opportunity of Our Time] CODE2040

4:15PM [Hands-on HTML5,CSS3 & Javascript #LearnToCode Interactive Workshop]/

Sunday, July 6

9:30AM [Presentation: Encouraging Women and Under-represented Minorities Into Tech Careers] National Center for Women & Information Technology

10:30AM: [Presentation: Mapping Your Local Innovation Ecosytem]/Startup Edutech

11:15AM [Presentations: Learning Math Through Music;The Link Between Wrestling & STEM Education]/BMe

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.