CHA’s STEM Program Set To Inspire The Minds Of Young People To Become The Next Generation Of IT Leaders
The Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA) has teamed up with App YOUniversity to host a Hip-Hop Hackathon at The Carole Hoefener Center. This innovative and high energy event changes the way kids see IT and the role they can play in creating new technology.
Hip Hop– Although widely considered a synonym for rap music, the term hip-hop refers to a complex culture comprising four elements: deejaying, rapping, also known as “MCing” or “rhyming”; graffiti painting, also known as “graf” or “writing”; and “B-boying,” which encompasses hip-hop dance, style, and attitude, … – We FOCUS on “Writing – Creating Code like rhymes” & “B-boying – Culture of Innovation”
Hackathon– the best place in the world where you can shape your ideas and if you win, then you can turn your idea into a product or even startups because prize money in a hackathon is huge. This special 2-3 hour event has been designed to expand under-served youth and collegiate students’ technological creativity. We leverage the students’ personal IDEAS and passions to create technology products that will disrupt the world’s industries through apps.
“CHA is excited about the Hip-Hop Hackathon because it will expose our youth to the field of technology and potentially peak their interest in a career that they otherwise may not have been exposed. The families we serve are underrepresented in these fields,” said Tomico Evans, Executive Vice President of Client Service for CHA. “We want to empower our kids with the knowledge that they can change the world and that there are no limits as to what they can do.”
This amazing event is funded in part by the NBA Players Association and the Curry Family Foundation.
About App YOUniversity
App YOUniversity is an IT StartUp initiative founded by Orlandus Gilmore. App YOUniversity’s motto is “Inspiring youth, to become technology producers not just consumers.” The program is designed to provide IT exposure and jobs to under-served and under-educated youth. App YOUniversity’s philosophy is as technology leaders it is our responsibility to multiply the number of leaders in Information Technology by influencing and education the under-served youth in our community!