Tech Opportunity Comes to South Bronx Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Zavé Martohardjono
Communications and Digital Media Manager | The Dream Corps
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Tech Opportunity Comes to South Bronx Youth

September 3, 2015 

New York, NY -- On September 10th, top Bronx-based tech companies will showcase the jobs of tomorrow to hundreds of Bronx youth ages 18-25 at #YesWeCode and the Office of Assemblymember Michael Blake’s “New Faces of Tech”. MSNBC will live broadcast the event as their “Growing Hope Live from the Bronx” special at 2 p.m. ET.

“The Bronx is leading the way in technology, diversity, and inclusion,” said Michael Nobleza, #YesWeCode National Director. “One of the most diverse counties in the U.S., The Bronx is home to hip-hop, doo-wop, salsa, and immigrant communities from all over the world. This borough represents the changing face of the country and where tech is going.”

#YesWeCode teamed up with the Office of Assemblymember Michael Blake (D, 79th District - The Bronx, NY) to organize the event in the heart of the South at the Old Bronx County Courthouse. The historic courthouse recently underwent revitalization after having been abandoned for 37 years. The event will feature major announcements about new initiatives to help the South Bronx.

“We’re launching an innovation center at the heart of our district because we are committed to transforming the South Bronx into a global urban metropolis and getting Bronxites jobs and economic opportunities,” said Assemblymember Michael Blake. “This #YesWeCode collaboration with our assembly office really is growing hope, economic opportunity, and education for people in the South Bronx.”

“New Faces of Tech” will connect youth participants to some of the Bronx’s emerging tech leaders in augmented and virtual reality, digital design, motion, software development, and gaming. Tech exhibitors will include The Knowledge House, Mass Ideation, SCENYC, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, FinTech, Accrue Inc, and many others.  

“The tech industry is waking up to inclusion,” said Van Jones, President and Co-Founder of the Dream Corps which sponsors #YesWeCode. “Cutting-edge platforms will only stay relevant if they look to the next generation for ideas and expertise. ‘New Faces of Tech’ presents a model for how urban centers across the country can connect local youth to homegrown tech.”

Speakers and special guests at the event include:

  • Michael Nobleza, National Director, #YesWeCode
  • Michael Blake, NYS Assemblymember
  • New York City Chief Technology Officer Minerva Tantoco
  • Hip Hop Legend & The Bronx native, DJ D Nice
  • Alex Abelin, Founder - Liquid Talent
  • Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

Event Details

New Faces of Tech
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Time: 1:30pm-3pm; check-in opens at 12:15pm
Location: Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, 513 E 161st St, Bronx, NY 10451
RSVP: Michael@yeswecode.org

For questions about the event, please call The Office of Assemblyman Michael Blake at (718) 538-3829 or visit http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michael-Blake/ 

#YesWeCode is a Dream Corps initiative that works with partners to help train 100,000 low-opportunity youth of color around the country to become high-level computer coders.

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"Diversity brings so much more to the table - and by focusing outside of the usual and rewarding all sorts of people in tech - we can only make it better. #YesWeCode is doing exactly that."
- Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple

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