The Issue

CODE2040 aims to close the achievement, wealth, and skills gaps for Blacks and Latinos in the United States by creating access, awareness, and opportunities in technology and engineering. The following facts motivate us to close this gap.

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  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs are the fastest-growing category of jobs in the United States, and 70% of those jobs involve computing.
  • Computer science jobs command some of the highest starting salaries in the US: $77,000 per year -- about twice the median household income of a Black or Latino family.
  • The unemployment rate for STEM workers is lower than for all workers; the unemployment rate for African-Americans and Latinos is 3x the nationwide rate.
  • Software developers are in demand: at the current rate we are graduating computer scientists, there will be 1MM software jobs unfilled by 2020. 
  • Fewer than 4% of Black and Latino students study computer science and only 1 in 14 technical employees in the tech hub of Silicon Valley is Black or Latino.
  • The US will be majority-minority in the year 2040, and 42% of the country will be Black or Latino.

We need Blacks and Latinos to enter the tech workforce at a greater rate, and to stay and succeed there as engineers, technologists, thought leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs.

It's economics and social justice.

What We're Doing

Our strategy is simple: provide pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success in technology for underrepresented minorities with a particular focus on Blacks and Latino/as. We do this through the core programming listed below, and are working on ways to expand our impact every day.

The CODE2040 Fellows Program
CODE2040's flagship program is our summer Fellows Program which places high performing Black and Latino/a software engineering students in internships with top tech companies and provides mentorship, leadership training, and network development. The Fellows Program started in the Bay Area in 2012 with a pilot class of 5 Fellows, returned for a second summer in 2013 with 18 Fellows, and expanded again to 25 Fellows in 2014.

The Fellows Program is designed to accelerate students' success, fast-tracking them to becoming tech leaders. We place heavy emphasis on paying it forward. Our Fellows will be the mentors, role models, and beacons of light for underrepresented students coming after them, inspiring a new generation to pursue technology by demonstrating that it is a viable option for "people who look like me." Our alumni programming supports our Fellows in this quest and the pursuit of becoming tech leaders. Applications are now closed for summer 2014 and will reopen for the 2015 summer in fall 2014 at

"I am literally at the epicenter of where technological disruption occurs."

- Kwadwo Nyarko, 2013 Alumnus - Lark Technologies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Applicant Toolkit

Many applicants fall out of the pipeline due to a lack of preparedness. CODE2040 ensures that the application process is as transparent and easy to navigate as possible with our Applicant Toolkit. This resource will help all applicants navigate the tech internship application process with tips, advice and tools on how to craft a stand out application. 

Our Reception

“Creating a monoculture where everybody thinks alike is sometimes okay if you’re executing against just one narrow idea, but technology moves too fast in order to bet on that anymore,” [Hunter] Walk says.

In tech, some minorities are too minor. This group wants to change that., Fortune

Facebook’s disclosure of the ethnic makeup of its workforce shows that the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley goes beyond software and engineering jobs. Code2040 Co-Founder and Executive Director Laura Weidman Powers speaks on “Bloomberg West.”

Facebook Data Shows Diversity Gap, Bloomberg West

The woman who started an organization to close the wealth and ethnicity gap in the tech industry talked to TechRepublic about addressing uncomfortable issues and creating real change.

Laura Weidman Powers: CODE2040 Founder. Minority Advocate. Discomforter., TechRepublic

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