April 29, 2014 by Ryan Seashore
Ryan Seashore is founder and CEO of CodeNow, a national nonprofit that provides high school students from groups underrepresented in technology exposure to computer programming. CodeNow is expanding to Miami with the support of Knight Foundation. Above: Two D.C students work together on a programming project. Photo credit: Duy Tran.
In June CodeNow will launch its first coding workshop in Miami and begin teaching local youth 21st century skills.
Miami’s tech scene is buzzing, and we are thrilled to receive such a great welcome from the emerging tech scene. With the support of Knight Foundation, we will provide free in-person coding workshops on the weekends. Students who go through our program will get to look under the hood of technology and will be exposed to the possibility of a career in the tech field.
This is the perfect time for CodeNow to enter Miami. We’ve just completed the winter session at Y Combinator, where we were a member of the first cohort of nonprofits to benefit from the expertise of the startup accelerator. As part of the program, we’ve enhanced CodeNow to leverage technology and reach many more students. Miami is the first city where we are expanding since completing this milestone. We are looking forward to being a part of Miami’s emerging tech scene and to having an impact in the lives of underrepresented high schoolers. We have already worked with more than 350 students in New York, the Bay Area, and Washington, D.C. Now we’ll expand that number through our work in Miami.