At Oakland Hacks, we aim to introduce and foster coding for beginners, as well as provide a space for experienced coders to practice and further develop their skills. We’d love to reach students from neighborhoods that are often underrepresented in the tech field, and by partnering with various local companies, we want to show participants how the tech industry is also a part of their own backyards.
Our goal is to reach all OUSD high school students, especially groups that are historically underrepresented in the tech world. We also aim to expose these students to both local and national tech companies who will send representatives to the event. Last year, we had representatives from: Chalk Schools, Telegraph Academy, Make School, UC Berkeley School of Information, and OUSD Computer Science department.
MEET THE ORGANIZERS
Antonio Calbo-Jackson started organizing Oakland Hacks with a fellow student in late 2015. He had been learning to code since his freshman year of high school and wanted to help foster the small coding community within his school. While planning OHacks, the founders recruited Kai Drayton-Yee, then a junior, who had also been learning to code since she was a freshman.
Both now seniors at Oakland Technical High School, Antonio and Kai are organizing Oakland Hacks II, where they aim to reach not only their schoolmates, but those all over their school district.