HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION HOSTED GROUNDBREAKING LOFT LATIN@ CODER SUMMIT AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY ON MAY 2ND
150 Latino and Latina Programmers – Students, Professionals and Entrepreneurs – Attended Free, One-Day Workshops, Networking and Cultural Pride
WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) hosted the groundbreaking LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Latin@ Coder Summit (LLCS) for more than 150 Latino developers (with 40 percent registered Latinas) – students, entrepreneurs and professionals – and corporate funders. The LLCS was held on Saturday, May 2, at Stanford University. The LLCS was a free, one-day event which featured back-to-back workshops, discussions, and opportunities to expand networks (see below for the agenda).
“The thought that the tech industry can’t find Latino programmers leads to the notion that there aren’t any Latino programmers and the next thought will be that Latinos aren’t capable, which is absolutely not true,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “Seeing a Latino programmer shouldn’t be akin to seeing a unicorn … We want to shatter stereotypes and redefine the landscape of computer technology in Silicon Valley while building a stronger community of Latinos in tech to move forward with greater unity and purpose while celebrating Latino culture, innovation and vision.”
Guest speakers and sponsors of the LLCS were announced in the weeks following the event.
8:30am: Breakfast /Registration
10:00am-12:00pm: Pitch and Judge for Latin@ Coders
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch panel: Experienced Silicon Valley founders and career perspectives from Computer Scientists in research and academia
1:00pm-2:30pm: Workshop Session #1
2:30pm-3:00pm: Booths of opportunities for coders
3:00pm-4:30pm: Workshop Session #2
4:30pm-6:00pm: Roundtable Discussion w/dinner
6:00pm: Closing Remarks
The Summit is part of HHF’s new LOFT Code as a Second Language (CSL) initiative which also featured HHF mobilized their developer network to introduce computer programming to students across the country. Grade, middle and high school students in more than 10 markets and 50 schools were taught how to code this year through an eight-session course, which included certifications and engaged private sector volunteers.
After the LLCS, HHF hosted the LOFT Awards and reception for participants where seven LOFTies – members of the LOFT Network – were honored for their contributions to the community and one of the 10 LOFT Tracks or focus areas.
HHF’s award-winning LOFT leadership and workforce development program is divided into 10 priorities or Tracks including Innovation & Technology, Engineering, Science, Healthcare, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service, Media & Entertainment, and Latinas. Tens of thousands of students and young professionals (ages 15-35) in the LOFT Network are connected to each other, mentors and resources; attend over 75 trainings, workshops, and informal Charlas hosted across the country and online; creative initiatives are developed and executed; and hundreds are placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. LOFT has been recognized by The White House, Congress, the government of Mexico, Fortune 500 companies, and other nonprofits. Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of the LOFT program.
The CSL concept is that in order to thrive in America’s workforce, Latinos need to learn a third language in addition to English and Spanish – Code. To learn more about CSL or are interested in becoming a sponsor, request CSL, come to a school, community or visit www.loftcsl.org, which is powered by Spokeo.
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, which was originally established by the White House in 1988, inspires, prepares, positions and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org.)
Contact: Alberto Avalos, Alberto@LOFTinstitute.org, 323.397.9862