Read this story about UCSC alum Jacob Martinez (Oakes ’04, evolutionary biology) and how and why he founded Digital NEST, a hip technology learning center in Watsonville designed to help young people from rural areas master high-tech skills.
On the Central Coast, there are some special programs in place to prepare potential employees for jobs in the high-tech world, not just locally, but across the globe. NextSpace and Digital NEST set out to bring people together and provide job training, provide referrals and build a local economy around technology.
Huffington Post explores how Digital NEST is tackling tech’s demographic problem. By bringing in local 15-to-24-year-olds, encouraging young women to join, providing a safe place, contemporary computers, software, and workshops, Digital NEST aims to change the face of technology. Martinez sums up Digital NEST as a “Technology center that is removing barriers that youth face on the pathways to their careers.”
ThinkFWD is a quarterly speaker series focusing on important issues at the intersection of tech and politics. Jacob Martinez and other leaders speak about the challenges women face in the industry and how we can address them moving forward.
Telemundo joined us for the Week of Code to showcase Digital NEST as a tech-education-for-youth space in a predominantly latino community.
A new, reliable source of access to computers and wireless for underserved youth and young adults ages 12-24 in Watsonville has been created by donors to the fledgling Digital NEST, whose doors opened November 13.
One chilly evening a year ago, Jacob Martinez spotted an 18-year-old freshman doing homework on a bench outside Cabrillo College because she lacked Internet access at home. The answer, called Digital NEST, opened in mid-November. Funding from donors and grant sources has underwritten the first 60 students, aged 12 to 24, and volunteer experts were recruited to teach classes in graphic design, Web development, and video production.
As the tech industry continues to grow in Santa Cruz and connections to Silicon Valley strengthen, a number of people are trying to bring that same energy to South County.
Jacob Martinez introduced a group of teens to Digital NEST, a nonprofit technology center dedicated to sparking innovation and entrepreneurship among Watsonville youth. The center is signing up members interested in learning about and using technology. Membership is free, and provides access to the center’s computers, high-speed Internet connection, classes and mentors.