Community Notebook: StreetCode Academy to host two-day technology event


UPDATE: To view videos from the two-day event, visit


StreetCode Academy, an East Palo Alto nonprofit organization that empowers low-income youth through hackathons, after-school tech courses and community, is hosting a two-day technology event to bring awareness to the organization and showcase youth projects.

On Friday, April 8, StreetCode Academy is holding its spring TechFest, 4-7 p.m., at its headquarters, 763 Green St., East Palo Alto. The organization is hosting a DemoDay on Saturday, April 9, 4-7 p.m., at Stanford University's d.School, 416 Escondido Mall, Building #550. Both events are open to the public.

The TechFest will feature workshops, keynote speakers and community-based activities for people of all ages, according to an announcement.

"The event aims to highlight the intersection of culture, family and technology as an avenue for supporting youth in education and community engagement," the announcement reads.

DemoDay will showcase the work of students, including websites, games and apps, from StreetCode's three 10-week classes: Introduction to Web Development, Mobile App Fundamentals and the EPA Branding Project. The classes are taught by industry leaders such as DeVaris Brown, a current Stanford computer science student and co-founder of Slyce, a mobile platform that connects athletes and influencers with fans and partners with consumer brands.

"If we want jobs for EPA minorities in our local community, we have to equip them with tech skills," StreetCode Academy Director Olatunde Sobomehin said in the announcement. "Our program serves as a reflector for the spirit of our people. Storytelling is our weapon, creativity and innovation is our muscle, and technology is our vehicle."

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Posted by Thomas Bedford
a resident of Los Altos
on Apr 5, 2016 at 9:38 pm

Thank you for sharing the info event. I'm curious to learn more about the program and will look to visit both days if I can.

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