Qeyno’s mission is to transform children's lives through social innovation and technology.
The Problem: STEM Diversity Gap
High potential youth in low opportunity settings are not gaining exposure to career pathways in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) early enough to shape their life outcomes, educational performance, and workforce preparation.
Number of States where no African-American students took the computer science Advanced Placement exam. In eight states, no Hispanic students took it.
Average number of employees at top tech companies that are identified as Black. 3% are Hispanic, 30% - 40% are women.
4 in 5
STEM college students made the decision to study STEM in high school or earlier.
of jobs in the next decade will require technology and coding skills.
Black and Latino students report desiring to go into a STEM major at the same rate as their white and Asian peers.
What is a Hackathon?
Hackathons gather together technologists (coders), artists (designers), and problem solvers (innovators) to build a web or mobile app that can change the world, create a business, or both!
We believe the best way for our youth to learn is through play. Our environment encourages creative problem solving, design-thinking, and knowledge acquisition through simulation and experimentation.
We are committed to building a beloved community that lifts barriers around race, gender, and access to create opportunities for rewarding connections. Our values around community shape the partnerships and alliances we make on the national and local level.
Qeyno Labs is a hackathon incubator that harnesses the interests of high potential youth from low-opportunity settings into STEM career pathways. We are proudly committed to providing playful learning experiences to the world by making "hackathon" a household word in every home and to lift innovation in every community.
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.
In partnership with Yes We Code and Essence, Qeyno is launching YesWeCode Hack at the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) in New Orleans.