TeenTechSF: Changing the Face of Tech
Organizing peer-led tech summits, civic hackathons & STEM workshops for first-time coders so no one gets left out of the Digital Disruption!
CHANGE MAKERS: TeenTechSF President Madeeha Khan, TTSF STEM Workshop Chair Will Diego, and TTSF Global COO Emilie Robert Wong explain how electronic circuitry works using Makey Makey keyboard to the next generation of tech innovators at the 2019 Facebook Family Hack!
TEENTECHSF: INNOVATE. COLLABORATE. CREATE. FOR A BETTER WORLD.
DIVERSITY FUELS INNOVATION: TeenTechSF President Madeeha Khan, TTSF STEM Workshop Chair Will Diego, and TTSF Global COO Emilie Robert Wong, leading Maker Movement activities at the 2019 Facebook Family Hack.
DIGITAL DISRUPTION: TeenTechSF peer-led workshops at the 2019 TTSF STEM Inclusivity Summit focusing on Website Development, App Design, Electronic Circuitry with Makey Makey, Rapid Prototyping with Little Bits, and coding with Arduino and Raspberry Pi micro-computers.
TECH WHERE YOU LIVE: TeenTechSF President Madeeha Khan and TTSF Global Founder Marc Robert Wong at the 2019 TTSF STEM Inclusivity Summit in SF District 10 with 3x D10 SF Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, keynote speaker Omoju Miller, an Obama White House Innovation Fellow & Machine Learning Engineer at GitHub, and SF City College Tech Internship Director and Women Sharing Wisdom Institute Founder, Olivia Herriman.
GIRLS IN STEM: Peer-led, hands-on coding workshop at the 2019 TeenTechSF STEM Inclusivity Summit.
FIRST-TIME CODERS: Peer-led, hands-on coding workshop at the 2019 TeenTechSF STEM Inclusivity Summit.
THE NEXT GENERATION OF TECH INNOVATORS & CIVIC ENTREPRENEURS: First-time coders with TeenTechSF Global Founder, Marc Robert Wong. Shavonne (far right) just finished creating her first website using HTML. Read more about her story below!
DIGITAL DISRUPTION: "I am an engineer. I am a coder. I am a creator. I am an innovator. I am a trailblazer. I am a woman." Itzel Martinez and Dante Alvarado-Leon mentor students at the 2019 TeenTechSF STEM Inclusivity conference. Itzel, a software engineer at Pandora, and Dante, a product specialist at Facebook, co-founded the Latinas in Engineering Leadership Program.
BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: TeenTechSF Founder Marc Robert Wong and SF Human Rights Commission Executive Director Sheryl Davis join forces at Air BnB Opps4AllSF event supporting STEM internships for students from underserved and underrepresented communities.
CHANGE MAKERS: 2018 TeenTechSF Civic Hackathon student panel with TTSF Global Founder Marc Robert Wong and Make School Founder Jeremy Rossmann.
FIRST-TIME CODER: TeenTechSF STEM Workshop participant experiencing an "aha" moment at the 2018 TTSF Civic Hackathon @ Make School.
EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION OF TECH INNOVATORS & CIVIC ENTREPRENEURS: TeenTechSF student leaders Manny Lee and Alvin Shek mentoring first-time coders at the TeenTechSF Civic Hackathon at The Mix at SFPL, the Teen Digital Learning Lab & Maker Space inside the SF Main Library.
WE NEED EVERYONE'S BIG IDEAS: First-time coders and long-time friends creating their first website to connect students with global service learning and travel opportunities at the TeenTechSF Civic Hackathon @TheMixatSFPL, the Teen Digital Learning Lab & Maker Space inside the San Francisco Main Library.
GIRL POWER FOR GOOD: TeenTechSF 2018 Civic Hackathon Winners! All girl-team recognized by the SF Dept of the Environment for Project Nulla Sustainability App with TeenTechSF Founder Marc Robert Wong.
THE CLOUD IS OUR CLUBHOUSE: TeenTechSF student leaders at the 2018 TTSF Global Youth Summit at Google in Silicon Valley livestreaming to US & Global partners in Seattle, New York, Paris, Tunis, Nairobi, Shanghai, and Chengdu!
TECH IS OUR PRESENT, NOT OUR FUTURE: The dancers and coders of Raices de Mexico taking apart a computer to identify how the components inside work at a peer-led, hands-on TeenTechSF STEM workshop at the TTSF Global Youth Summit @Microsoft.
LIFE AT GOOGLE: Panel Discussion with TeenTechSF mentors at Google Katja Minitsenka and Wouter Vink moderated by TTSF Global Founder Marc Robert Wong at the 2018 TTSF Global Youth Summit.
CONNECTING TEENS WITH TECH LEADERS: Teen asks Google veterans, Katja Minitsenka and Wouter Vink, tough questions about internet privacy at the 2018 TeenTechSF Global Youth Summit.
WHAT WE DO: TeenTechSF STEM Inclusivity Summit @UCBerkeley Video Highlights
WHAT WE DO: On Nov 14&15, 2015 TeenTechSF organized the Bay Area's first student-led Civic Hackathon at The Mix at SFPL, San Francisco's new student-designed Digital Resource Center & Maker Space! An at-capacity crowd of 100+ students, mentors, speakers, workshop leaders, and volunteer organizers took over The Mix at San Francisco's main library to develop tech solutions to civic problems. Students came from a diverse range of Bay Area school and as far away as Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles.
WHAT WE DO: TeenTechSF Spring Conference @Google Video Highlights
YOUTH VOICES AT THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE: TeenTechSF was the only youth-led group to be an official sponsor of the SF March for Science. TeenTechCHINA and TeenTechTUNISIA joined TeenTechSF student leadership to support data-driven decision-making and equal access to STEM resources for all. Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden joined the TTSF Global livestream at the hands-on, peer-led STEM workshops TTSF organized at The Mix, the SF Main Library's Teen Digital Learning Lab after the March.
WHO WE ARE: TeenTechSF Global Youth Summit @Microsoft Founder's Message featuring 2018 Global Civic Hackathon Best First-Time Hackers, the coders and dancers of Raices de Mexico
FAIL EARLY, FAIL OFTEN: Microsoft Director of Civic Engagement and Palo Alto's first Hispanic and youngest mayor, Sid Espinosa, answers Common App Question #2 in conversation with TeenTechSF Global Founder, Marc Robert Wong, livestreaming to students around the world at the TeenTechSF Global Youth Summit @Microsoft.
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: Microsoft Director of the Middle East/Africa joins the TeenTechSF Global Youth Summit livestream from Istanbul to talk with teens about "Digital Transformation Across Emerging Markets" and how tech is connecting and empowering first time users with economic and social opportunities.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: Obama's Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Nicole Wong, in conversation with TeenTechSF Global Founder talks with teens about "Net Neutrality and the Future of the Internet" livestreamong from the TTSF Global Youth Summit @Microsoft.
TEENTECHSF GLOBAL CIVIC HACKATHON VIDEO PITCH: An all-girl team from Jordan won the Best First-Time Hackers Award for Project AMAL, a website they created using Microsoft Azure to connect Syrian refugees with much needed resources.
TEENTECHSF GLOBAL CIVIC HACKATHON VIDEO PITCH: A Seattle-based team from TeenTechWA won first place at the TTSF Global World Pitch with their app: Voicepedia, Wikipedia for the Blind. The app was recognized by Tim Cook at the Apple WorldWide Developers conference and is available at the Apple App Store.
TEENTECHSF GLOBAL CIVIC HACKATHON VIDEO PITCH: An all-girl team met for the first time at the Bay Area TeenTechSF Civic Hackathon and created Project EduVoice to help students get their questions answered by busy teachers winning the top prize.
TEENTECHSF GLOBAL CIVIC HACKATHON PITCH: With a nod to Project Loon, a co-ed team takes a walk on the wild side to create an easy and inexpensive way to boost your cell phone range using a balloon to create a mobile cell tower.
WHO WE ARE: Check out what's happening with TeenTechTUNISIA!
WHO WE ARE: Check out what's happening with TeenTechCHINA!
WHO WE ARE: Check out what's happening with TeenTechWA!
WHO WE ARE: Check out what's happening with TeenTechNY!
BRINGING THE SPIRIT OF SILICON VALLEY TO THE WORLD AND THE WORLD TO SILICON VALLEY: 8 Lessons in Innovation presented by TeenTechSF Founder, Marc Robert Wong, first student and youngest speaker at the MLFMonde Education Summit. French/English subtitles.
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1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
Tech is the New American Dream, putting the means of production in the hands of the people. But too many students are being left out of the Digital Disruption. Access to tech activities among African-Americans, Latinos, women, and students from low income families lag far behind their counterparts at school and in the workplace. Many students are intimidated by coding, isolated from the opportunities tech offers and cut off from tech careers.
2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
TeenTechSF is a student-run 501(c)(3) organizing four major programs: 1) YEAR-ROUND: Peer-Led hands-on STEM workshops focusing on website & app development, plus Maker Movement activities with Little Bits, Makey Makey, Arduino & now Raspberry Pi. 2) FALL: TTSF Civic Hackathon supporting student teams developing tech solutions to community problems for social impact. 3) WINTER: TTSF Global Youth Summit connecting tech leaders with students through our US & Global partners and livestreaming from site hosts like Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, & PlayStation. 4) SPRING: TTSF Tech Conferences/STEM Inclusivity Summits reaching out to underserved and underrepresented teens in the communities where they live. With our new initiative: TECH WHERE YOU LIVE we want to increase the participation of students from underserved and underrepresented communities in our current program of conferences, workshops, and civic hackathons as well as doubling the number of additional onsite hands-on tech activities in the schools and communities of the targeted students. TeenTechSF is going mobile bringing our award-winning, peer-led tech workshop to your neighborhood! See the attachments for more details.
3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?
"When asked why he was sharing Tesla's electric car patents, Elon Musk replied: If you were on a sinking ship and had new bucket technology, wouldn't you share it, too? Tech is the biggest tool we have to solve our planet's problems. My school didn't have a tech club or classes. I founded TeenTechSF as an online community so that any student, anywhere could join and organize activities to make sure everyone has tech skills in their tool kit," Marc, TTSF Global Founder.
"Students of color achieve less because we have fewer opportunities. As a first-gen college applicant, I am lucky to have mentors at UC Berkeley’s Early Academic Outreach Program to help me explore different fields of study. TeenTechSF provides me with the opportunity to give back to my community through the two things I am most passionate about: STEM & supporting low-income students of color," Madeeha, TTSF President.
4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”
TeenTechSF's mission is to empower the next generation of tech innovators and civic entrepreneurs. We are committed to equal access to tech for all teens because diversity fuels innovation. Run by and for teens, all our events are free!
5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
As part of our "Tech Where You Live" initiative, Madeeha & Sarah organized a TTSF STEM Inclusivity Summit at SF International HS, a public school serving mostly immigrant ELL families in District 10, a high risk, predominantly low income, African American, Latino, & first generation Asian community. Shavonne lives within walking distance of the event and decided to check it out. With no prior coding experience, Shavonne joined a peer-led STEM workshop, and created her first website on the spot. Surprised at how easy it was, Shavonne was excited to share her experience with others and is now a member of the TTSF leadership team. She reached out to College Track and will be organizing the next STEM Inclusivity Summit at College Track's D10 site. As keynote speaker & GitHub Machine Learning engineer Omoju Miller says: "There are no experts at the frontier" Anyone can become a tech leader!
6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
At TeenTechSF, it's your ideas, not your age, that matter. TTSF's "secret sauce" is that we are run by and for teens. Even though we're attached to tech devices 24/7 for many teens, tech is a "black box." But it's hard to be intimidated by tech even if you are a first-time coder if your "teacher" is a "student" just like you! Some of our original student leaders are now TAY mentors, but it's the teens who organize and lead the events. At TTSF, we don't just play video games, we design video games. We don't just attend tech conferences, civic hackathons, and STEM workshops -- we lead them!
7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
TTSF connects 2000+ teens each year with tech leaders from Apple to Zynga at conferences, civic hackathons, and STEM workshops at Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce in the Bay Area and through US chapters and Global partners in Seattle, New York, Paris, Tunis, Nairobi, Seoul, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Hong Kong. We lead 24 STEM workshops a year at large-scale events including the CA Academy of Sciences Teen Science Night & Bay Area Science Festival Teen Zone at Oracle Park, plus smaller hour-long sessions at Stanford RISE, UC Berkeley TRIO, & at public schools, libraries, and community centers. We track participation and inclusion through Eventbrite registration & MailChimp surveys. 90% of participants come from public schools, many from underserved and underrepresented communities. 80% are participating in a hackathon for the first time and most have never visited a tech company.
8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
UPCOMING BAY AREA PLANS:
1) Doubling capacity for our peer-led STEM Workshop program: buying additional laptops and training new TTSF STEM Workshop student leaders
2) New Partnerships with the Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and College Track for free afterschool TTSF STEM Workshops
3) Organizing free transport to TTSF activities partnering with YOOT bus.
UPCOMING GLOBAL PLANS:
1) Starting new TeenTechSF chapters in South Korea and the Dominican Republic in partnership with TAY Leadership from the Minerva School
2) Starting TeenTechSF chapter in Hong Kong in partnership with the Canadian International School of Hong Kong
3) Creating online STEM Workshop video lessons for the TTSF YouTube Channel accessible to our US & Global Partners.
9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?
10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
Donations less than $100
Donations between $100-$1k
Donations between $1k-$5k
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Asian (for example: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Pakistani) (9)
Middle Eastern or North African (for example: Lebanese, Iranian, Egyptian, Syrian, Moroccan, Algerian) (11)
Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?
Communities of color
Religious minority (non-Christian)
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