Many organizations increase access to computer science education, but most students still don't want to learn to code, particularly the students who need it most. In fact, even when low-income schools start CS classes, only around 8% of students take interest.
StudentRND is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which solves this problem. We run events which appeal to students with little or no programing interest and, by the end of each event, show them that coding is both fun and impactful — both individually, and on the world as a whole. After attending, we support students through our large community, and through partnerships with other events.
We see dramatic improvements in students after attending our event. 80% of students with no prior interest in computer science continue programming after an event, 74% attend community tech events, and nearly a half go on to major in CS.
In addition to his experience at the head of a Y Combinator-backed tech startup, Tyler brings several years of experience teaching CS in high schools.
In addition to working to develop much of the early curriculum and pedagogy of CodeDay, Zaq has been one of the organization's earliest volunteers. He works as an Engineer at Tune.
Bob is a seasoned entrepreneur in the Seattle area, an advisor to UP Global/Startup Weekend and a mentor at Techstars with a background in engineering and software development.
Ana Pooley is a CodeDay alum, a student at Macalester College studying Computer Science, Mathematics, and Political Science, and a recipient of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award.
The original founder of StudentRND, Edward served as its Executive Director until early 2014. He's currently a Developer Evangelist at Stormpath, and previously led Business Development for PadMapper.