“An entrepreneur does not wait for support, they create it.”
*written by the community Plug – Cami*
I read this quote really recently, like two days ago actually, and it really resonated with me. On more than one occasion, I have felt EXTREMELY alone in terms of support and just real human beings actually being present in helping me find the resources and support on my journey in pursuing software engineering that began my junior year of high school. I decided I had to put this event on to create support, community and rally around the people that might have an interest in programming- it can be really discouraging when you don’t have a good support system when making any big change in your life. Deciding you want to learn how to code is a big life change, it opens up so many doors that you didn’t even know existed. I’m not just talking about the six figure salary either, it’s a portal to whole other world of creativity and critical thinking.
For those who have been following my work on nookandkranny, you know that exactly a year from today I was wrote a piece on my journey up to that point as a Latina pursuing a career in software engineering, which you can read here! One year later, I am in the process of getting into the Telegraph Academy- a software engineering bootcamp I have been studying to get into for a while now*heart eye emoji* With that said, I am putting on a really dope art-tech fusion event on 11/20/2016 to raise a portion of the tuition for the program.
This event is a fundraiser that will showcase the importance of diversity and inclusion in tech. I am fundraising for the last part of tuition money I need for Telegraph Academy, a software engineering bootcamp and a portion of the money will be donated to Hack the Hood, an organization who’s dedicated to inclusion and making these new technologies accessible to inner city youth in Oakland, SF, San Jose, East Palo Alto + more.
You do NOT have any prior experience/interest in coding, I’d actually prefer the opposite. I want people to leave my event with a more clear understanding on what “programming” and “coding” actually means- I want this to stop being something taboo that we think only “super smart people” can do. I want people to leave knowing there is a network out there that will support them on their journey of pursuing a career in tech.
Due to the extremely limited capacity for the venue, this event will require an RSVP in order to get in- if you’re interested in attending and have not yet received an invitation from me, get in touch with me! You can tweet/instagram me @camiinthisthang.
How You Can Get Involved
I am currently looking for a sponsor(s) for the event interested in matching the funds/(or portion of the funds) raised to donate to an org working on making tech more accessible & inclusive.
If you are interested or would like more information, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – I will get back to you ASAP.