Changing the world, people.

“You don’t even know. We’re changing the world, people.” This was a common refrain in team meetings over the last year and a half as amazing CODE2040 team member Bianca St.Louis would give regular pep talks to folks facing the inevitable startup challenges. Today we take the time to say a big THANK YOU to [...]

An Event for Dozens of Silicon Valley Companies to Explore Diversity and Inclusion

2013 Alums Perry Ogwuche and Kwadwo Nyarko at a LinkedIn workshop during the Fellows Program last summer.  As I look ahead to my February calendar, one of the upcoming CODE2040 events that I’m particularly excited about is our gathering for companies that want to hire CODE2040 Fellows, hosted by Ben Horowitz and the team at [...]

#GivingTuesday: Give back today!

  CODE2040 has never done a fundraising campaign before, but when we received an email with information about #GivingTuesday — the charitable antidote to all the Black Friday (now Thursday!) through Cyber Monday consumerism that is typical of this time of year — we thought it would be fun to join the movement. At CODE2040, [...]

Finding Inspiration: New Fellows Retreat with Echoing Green

At the end of July I spent 6 days with my new Echoing Green cohort at the New Fellows Retreat in Glen Cove, New York. While I was anxious about going into such a long stretch away from the CODE2040 fellows and my team, I actually found the week extremely refreshing and rejuvenating. I was [...]

What do open source & diversity in tech have in common?

Thursday, July 25, 2013 marked an important personal milestone for me – my first keynote speech at a conference. I spoke about diversity in the innovation economy (my slides) at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland. I was pretty nervous since it was my first time talking solo to such a large room – [...]

Closing the Gap: Improving Tech Applications

  As CODE2040 moves into our second year, we are excited to continue to develop innovative ways to create pathways to educational, professional and entrepreneurial success in technology for Blacks and Latino/as.  Building on lessons we learned this past fall from the recruitment and selection process for our Summer Fellows Program, we couldn’t be more [...]

Echoing Green…a dream come true.

If you follow me on Twitter or have liked CODE2040 on Facebook then you’ve probably seen that I was awarded the Echoing Green and Open Society Foundation’s Black Male Achievement Fellowship this week. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to join an incredible cohort of social innovators and a truly impressive alumni network [...]

CODE2040′s Award-Winning Leadership

I’m so excited to share that earlier this month I was selected as one of two individuals to be awarded Stanford’s 2013 Social Innovation Fellowship! The award will provide financial and strategic support for CODE2040 over the course of the fellowship year. Stanford played an instrumental role in CODE2040’s founding in several of ways. First, it’s [...]


Even though we’re a month late (whoops!), we thought it would be fun to share this snapshot from our time at the NSBE Convention in March. We had so much fun getting to know the super-talented NSBE students that came by our booth. NSBE executive director Carl Mack’s impromptu visit to the CODE2040 table was [...]

Summit: Inspiration

What an inspiring day. This past week I flew to Washington, DC to take part in the Tech Inclusion Summit hosted by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Level Playing Field Institute. The afternoon was a gathering of some 200+ people who are devoting their minds, time, and wallets to tackling the [...]

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