Qeyno’s mission is to transform children's lives and give them the power to transform their worlds through social innovation, education, and technology.
STEM workers were women in 2011. Computing (27% women) and engineering occupations (13% women).
projected computing-related jobs need to be filled by 2020. We can only fill about 30% of those jobs with U.S. computing bachelor's grads.
What Is A Hackathon?
No Coding Experience Required
Hackathons gather together technologists (coders), artists (designers), and problem solvers (innovators) to brainstorm, design, and build a web or mobile app that can change the world, create a business, or both!
The World's First Hackathon Academy
Powered By Qeyno
Qeyno is the home of Hackathon Academy, our flagship school that prepares high potential youth in low opportunity settings to become next generation developers, designers, and innovators in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art Design, and Mathematics).
Be a Trailblazer!
Spaces are limited.
Our youth participants are called Trailblazers and average between the ages of 12 - 20. We make exceptions for youth under 12.
High potential, Low Opportunity Youth
We identify the majority of our youth participants to be high potential, low opportunity youth. Every kid from every background has the opportunity to apply to be a Trailblazer
Mentors are considered Developers, Designers, or Innovators.
Hackathon Academy reflects the values of a twenty-first century economy by creating an environment where our Trailblazers can tap into their experiences and transform them into marketable technologies with the support of adult professionals as mentors.
Our mentorship-driven model uses a formulaic approach to facilitate an "empathy spillover" that impacts our mentors alongside their mentees. Through our rigorous selection process, our mentors are the best-in-class in working with our youth.
Our youth deserve the best in food quality
All meals prepared for Hackathon Academy participants are selected from local vendors based on their nutritional value. Meals are selected that will enhance mental and physical performance and contribute to overall wellness.
Our participants are introduced to healthier living options through high protein snacks, organic foods, and vegetarian/vegan offerings that help them reach and maintain peak levels of performance. These choices also contribute to the preservation of overall wellness for achieving personal goals and develop winnable habits.
Our expected budget per Hackathon school in 2015.
2K - 2.9K
Average investment cost per Trailblazer (youth participant).
MBKHack Oakland: My Brother's Keeper
Our second MBKHACK took place in Oakland as we celebrated a year of launching inclusive youth hackathons.
Qeyno became the official school provider of inclusive youth hackathons for UNCF and their network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Qeyno will continue to support UNCF's ICE Initiative.
MBKHack Philly: My Brother's Keeper
My Brother's Keeper Hackathon (#MBKHACK) is a bold new Hackathon Academy out of Qeyno Labs that is strongly aligned with President Obama and the White House's call to action for companies, organizations, foundations, and community leaders to work together to improve the life outcomes of young men of color.
Yes We Code Hack (20th Essence Festival)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Startup Weekend Oakland: Black Male Achievement
Qeyno set two historical precedents by launching the first hackathon focused on Black Male Achievement and bringing mainstream hackathon organizations UP Global and Startup Weekend to the youth of Oakland (California).
A local article about our event can be found here.