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Stanford grad Olatunde Sobomehin co-founded StreetCode Academy in East Palo Alto in response to a “lack of access to high-tech training for youth and young adults in communities of color, and consequently, a diversity deficit in the technology industry” with the mission of equipping them with “the skills to hack, hustle, and design the future.”

What they’ve accomplished was showcased at Facebook yesterday evening with participants ranging in age from 7-79 displaying their products. “Some have built their own websites, created business and are selling into the community,” emailed StreetCode volunteer Ivan Temes. “More than 20 tutors from Stanford, Duke, other universities, and companies like Google, have voluntarily assisted with their technical expertise the past five months.”

We wandered around the very high-energy event, stopping to talk briefly with Lasela Brown (pictured above), who works with Senita ‘uhilamoelangi on H202 Homes, an East Palo Alto-based startup that’s focusing on homelessness, just one of many of the showcased companies and/or products that are coming from that town, thanks to StreetCode Academy.

Explains the Academy in its literature: “We believe that when communities of color are equipped with technical and social capital, they become whole producers off technology.” Since its inception , the Academy has provided $1 million of tech training and 15,000 hours of training, which has reached 2,100 community members.

StreetCode is seeking $300,000 to fund summer and fall programs, serving 120 students each quarter. Ninety percent of the funds go toward direct programmatic costs. Donations can be made online.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Menlo Park Fire District partners with local company to develop drone capabilities during emergencies

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Menlo Park Fire District  Chief Harold Schapelhouman recently received authorization from the Fire Board to officially partner with Matternet, Inc. to collaboratively explore drone options for delivery during emergencies. The Menlo Park-based company develops autonomous drone logistics systems. The Fire District officially started its drone program in 2014 and was one of the first emergency response agencies […]

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Encinal School students get involved with engineering at a Build It Festival

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Students in grades second through fifth  at Encinal School in Atherton had an engineering event on Monday, with a Build It Festival from the Lawrence Hall of Sciences and an animation studio. Students constructed towers, bridges, and support structures, using their creativity, design skills, and spacial reasoning to build in both two and three dimensions. Students worked in […]

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Spotted: Boys and Girls Club members learning to code at Microsoft event

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Microsoft hosted an Hour of Code event at the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula McNeil Family Clubhouse last week. More than a dozen students learned basic programming concepts and entered their own lines of code as part of a Minecraft tutorial. Menlo Park City Councilmember Ray Mueller was on hand to launch the coding […]

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View documentary Screenagers at Hillview School on October 5

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There will be a  screening of Screenagers followed by a panel discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 pm in the Hillview School Performing Arts Center. Screenagers: Growing Up in The Digital Age  is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and to offer parents proven solutions that work. Through poignant and unexpectedly […]

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TechShop celebrates its 10th anniversary today – and it all began in Menlo Park

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TechShop founder Jim Newton emailed: “Today TechShop is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, and what a journey it has been! Ten years ago, TechShop Menlo Park opened with largely volunteer support from soon-to-be members and adorned by a sign hand made by my mother. “Today, we have nine locations in the U.S., three overseas, and more […]

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Google and McDonald’s team up for a free meal at McDonald’s this weekend

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From Friday through Sunday, you can get a complimentary meal (worth $9.00) at the McDonald’s in Menlo Park (1100 El Camino) by paying with Hands Free by Google, part of a wider Google promotion covering the fast food franchise’s locations in the South Bay. You’ll need to say “I’ll pay with Google” when you are at the […]

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Sight and Sound concert aims to blend music, technology – and emotion

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Combine a pianist with a violinist playing music by English “Impressionist” composer John Ireland in concert with active participation by the audience using Sensemo and you get the world’s first experiment in live music, art and hi-tech. That’s the promise of Sight and Sound, which will be performed June 18 at 7:30 pm at the Community […]

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Menlo Park start up Lumos Tech develops sleep mask to “cure” jet lag and other sleep disruptions

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Jet lag. The scourge of multiple time zone flying. Can it be tamed? That’s the promise of the Smart Sleep Mask being developed by Menlo Park startup LumosTech. The mask’s technology can shift circadian rhythm up to three hours in one night using millisecond pulses of light that activate the same neural systems as natural sunlight. The mask is based […]

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Menlo School is hosting MenloHacks this weekend

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Menlo School students are hosting a 24-hour hackathon this weekend in the Athletic Center. Dubbed MenloHacks, the event brings together about 250 high school students to build anything pertaining to software or hardware. MenloHacks encourages students of all experience levels to collaborate to create apps, websites, and other code-based projects. The event also features games, such as a Tapé […]

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Biggest thing to hit Menlo Park – ever – is a “digital playground for all ages”

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We know we’ll get some arguments in favor of what puts money in the City’s coffers. Or even the day you brought your firstborn home from the hospital. But we can’t think of anything more appealing, fun and exciting ever to hit Menlo Park than the two exhibits, Living Digital Space and Future Parks, currently […]

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