Bay Area Friends,
You are invited to join Van Jones and #YesWeCode at Oakland's first Startup Weekend hosted by Qeyno Labs on February 7-9, 2014.
Could an app have saved Trayvon Martin?
EVERYONE (Whites, Asians, Latinos, old, young, men, women, and so on) is invited to register for this event.
A Silicon Valley that lives up to the dreams of Dr. King is our vision for the first global hackathon for Black Male Achievement and Oakland’s first Startup Weekend. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Headquartered in Seattle, it is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs and innovators with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and launch their ideas.
But this Startup Weekend will be different...
Similar to Startup Weekend Women events, Startup Weekend Oakland will be an inclusion vertical by focusing on progressive community problem solving supported by diversity of though and collaboration among all ethnicities and genders. The types of problems we are encouraging entrepreneurs to tackle are revealed by statistics ranging from health, to education, to incarceration rates which reveal that Black men are a vulnerable population in the United States, particularly young Black males.
Trayvon Martin’s tragedy opened up a global conversation on race, class, stereotype threat, and begs the question, can innovation in technology and business create an opportunity for a safer society for us all? As a community of technologists and startup founders in Oakland, we recognized an opportunity to bring this conversation home to the Bay Area in a way that will unite us all around solving problems that hit closer to home and change change our world forever. If you are looking to find a technical co-founder for your venture, want to test out your app development skills, or use lean startup methods to find the best approach to solving a problem, you’ll find it here at Startup Weekend Oakland.
Get tickets here: http://bmaoakland.startupweekend.org/
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