The Growing Community.
This month we celebrate exciting new partnerships, and welcome aboard more staff to the team.
Also, the Athena girls’ group visited three tech companies and met with high-ranking Latinas at each, to learn more about the possible futures in tech open to young women of dedication and innovation—like NEST members!
Lastly, as we develop our curriculum for the next round of the Web Development Institute—now Hack the Ville, we seek local businesses and nonprofits in need of a web presence. Read on below to learn more about joining up!
—The Digital NEST Team
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Facebook Partners with the NEST
We’ve been really excited about this one, so you may have already heard about it from our social media, or read about it in Santa Cruz Tech Beat. On August 28th, Facebook hosted an event at the NEST to donate 25 laptops, bringing a huge increase in the number of youth we can educate and accommodate in the future.
Building partnerships like this in the industry also help connect NEST members to tech professionals, and develop community connections with policymakers.
Meet Steve Bean!
Grant writer, tabletop game designer, and tallship sailor, Steve Bean is coming aboard for the first role, and running a Game Design & Play-testing workshop for the second, with NEST members.
Steve worked with Jacob on Girl Games, the education research project that inspired Jacob to found Digital NEST. We’re excited to have him (back) on the team.
Member’s Corner: Juan
Juan is a senior at UCSC and a Watsonville native. He arrived at the NEST today before we opened this morning, and he agreed to join us for this month’s Member’s Corner.
“The very first time I visited the NEST, I got an internship. [Researcher] Dvera Saxton was looking for a graphic designer for her game designed to educate people about life for migrant farm workers. And I said, ‘I can do that!'”
Since then, Juan’s started an animation project under mentorship from local animation engineer Jason Cozy, and taken on a small marketing campaign for a local business, through Digital NEST.
Talking about this, he adds: “I don’t even have internet at my house! I need that access for my work, and the community here is great.”
Juan concludes by saying, “Digital NEST has allowed me to develop my skills, [and] develop myself as a professional.”
Athena @ Tech
The following is an excerpt from Ximena Lopez’s article on the Athena trip, which will be published in full soon on their blog.
At Digital NEST, members of the Athena group are respected as young women serious about developing profesisonal skills. This month, they visited Facebook, Google, and Atipica—a start-up focused on promoting talented diversity in the workforce, and founded by Digital Nest board member Laura Gomez.
Juany Torres, Desiree Almendral, and Raquel Romano at Google are working hard to develop more support for innovative Latinas in tech. They offered us great advice: if you work hard and have a passion for it, you can pursue a career in it.
At Atipica, Laura Gomez welcomed us warmly and offered the Athena girls some final advice: make bigger mistakes tomorrow, and pursue your goals without letting a fear of failure hold you back.
The dedicated, inspiring women we met on this trip may be exceptional individuals, but they pave the way for the many talented young women, like the Athena girls, striving to make their way in the tech world.
Hack the Ville: Want a Digital NEST-made Website?
In September, Digital NEST will be partnering with Hack the Hood, training members in a hands-on curriculum to build professional websites for real clients. We’re still recruiting for more clients! If your business has no web presence and you’re looking for an affordable website build (money paid directly to a local youth), head over to our Businesses page to apply for a website, and check out the portfolio of previous projects.