The STEAM Diversity Gap
High potential youth in low opportunity settings lack significant exposure to college and career pathways in STEAM (science, technology, art design, engineering, & mathematics) early enough to shape their life outcomes, educational performance, and workforce preparation to meet the demands of the new economy. Black and Latino students report desiring to into a STEM major at the same rate as their White and Asian peers.
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.
The World's First Hackathon Academy
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).
What is a Hackathon?
Hackathons are app building competitions. We 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!
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. Our youth participants are called Trailblazers and average between the ages of 12 – 20. We make exceptions for youth under 12.
Our trailblazers will spend three days on teams working alongside adult professionals supporting them as they build websites and mobile apps that will positively impact their community and improve their life outcomes.
Mentors are considered Developers, Designers, or Innovators.
Our 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.
Here is how we make sense of donor dollars and sponsorship support to widen the tech ecosystem and level the playing field in STE(A)M. The following is our prioritized matrix as of the 2015 Hackathon season.
Our expected budget per Hackathon school in 2015.
2K - 2.9K
Average investment cost per Trailblazer (youth participant).
If you would like a Hackathon Academy in your area or would like us to consult on a hackathon you are organizing, please contact us.
UbuntuHack is a hackathon between communities in conflict, gathering youth from Oakland (and around the country) in addition to police from Oakland and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area.
MBK Hack: Native Youth
Qeyno Labs and the NACA (Native American Community Academy) Inspired Schools Network collaborated on the launch of the first Native youth-focused hackathon for My Brother’s Keeper
A local article about our event can be found here.
MBK HACK: Oakland
Our third annual Black Male Achievement Hackathon.
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.
Qeyno Global Fellows Program
Many continue to replicate our work, but only Qeyno trains emerging leaders in the tech inclusion space who have the right ideas, community support, and business acumen to execute a groundbreaking, mindfully inclusive Hackathon Academy in their local area.
To apply to our Fellowship program or recommend a Qeyno Fellow, please use our contact form below.