Listen to this KUSP story on Digital NEST at Hack UCSC 2015. Digital NEST was one of the teams of students in this programming competition. Digital NEST team pitched their idea for a jobs Web site, and though they didn’t make it to the final round of the hackathon, they intend to move forward with the jobs website.
This story in fedscoop covers the first-ever White House Tech Meetup, which showcased how community tech groups are helping their members learn new skills, share ideas, and explore job and startup opportunities.
White House officials launched the first national Tech Meetup of its kind when U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith invited 50 top tech community organizers from across the country to the White House to share their success stories.
The Digital NEST just launched the Santa Cruz County Ag-Tech Meetup to bring together professionals from both agriculture and technology to begin a conversation and start new endeavors.
Tech Beat writes about Digital NEST’s trip to the White House with other tech leaders and students to a special screening of the documentary Underwater Dreams, in celebration of National Engineering week.
An hour away from Silicon Valley, agricultural Watsonville has the makings of a tech hub. Next to its berry and lettuce fields, startups are building robots and mobile apps to aid farmers. Digital NEST, a nonprofit teaching technology to youth, hosted Santa Cruz County’s first Ag-Tech MeetUp, modeled after the popular New Tech MeetUps held monthly in Santa Cruz.
Tony Hill Award-winner Jacob Martinez founded Digital NEST (Nurturing Entrepreneurial Skills with Technology) in Watsonville, in the hopes of closing the gap between available academic resources and technology know-how. The NEST hopes to create technology centers in vulnerable communities all over California as it has in Watsonville, where the impact has been almost instantaneous.
Digital NEST is getting attention because they are tackling tech’s demographic problem. Silicon Valley is reliant on imported tech workers, and only about 25 percent of people who work in tech are women. To top it off: minority groups — like Latinos — are disproportionately underrepresented.
A group of Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley members paid a short visit to the Digital Nest in Watsonville. Jacob Martinez gave them a tour and overview of the Digital NEST. They hope to take advantage of what the students can do there with setting up a Facebook presence for the club. Read the full article »