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Holistic EdTech & Diversity

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Antoine Patton believes we need people who are experiencing life-altering problems (health, poverty, etc.) to help solve problems. There needs to be a conscious effort to provide them with the tools and education needed to solve their own problems. Patton discusses how he is leveraging his unique experiences to help solve the problems of people with similar experiences. Filmed at qconsf.com.

Antoine Patton was incarcerated at age 20 for 8 years. While in prison, he learned to code and taught his daughter after his release. They collaborated to build an app that allows families to freely send photos to their incarcerated loved ones - Photo Patch. He launched Unlock Academy, an online learning platform, and vowed to teach 2020 Black and Brown people to code by the year 2020.

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Holistic EdTech & Diversity

  1. 1. SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF DIVERSITY THROUGH THE LENS OF EDUCATION AND EMPOWERMENT The Diversity Sprint Antoine Patton,  Coding Coach
  2. 2. InfoQ.com: News & Community Site • Over 1,000,000 software developers, architects and CTOs read the site world- wide every month • 250,000 senior developers subscribe to our weekly newsletter • Published in 4 languages (English, Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese) • Post content from our QCon conferences • 2 dedicated podcast channels: The InfoQ Podcast, with a focus on Architecture and The Engineering Culture Podcast, with a focus on building • 96 deep dives on innovative topics packed as downloadable emags and minibooks • Over 40 new content items per week Watch the video with slide synchronization on InfoQ.com! https://www.infoq.com/presentations/ holistic-edtech-diversity/
  3. 3. Purpose of QCon - to empower software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation Strategy - practitioner-driven conference designed for YOU: influencers of change and innovation in your teams - speakers and topics driving the evolution and innovation - connecting and catalyzing the influencers and innovators Highlights - attended by more than 12,000 delegates since 2007 - held in 9 cities worldwide Presented at QCon San Francisco www.qconsf.com
  4. 4. How this will work Steps of the Diversity Sprint Overview of the Problem Expert Interview Lightning Demo Decide on Solution Prototype the Solution Test the Solution
  5. 5. The Problem Datausa.io OF CODERS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE BLACK OR LATINO <12%
  6. 6. The opportunity NEW TECH JOBS EVERY MONTH 10,000
  7. 7. OPPORTUNITY & Access The Inclusion problem is smaller compared to the access problem. It’s not like tech companies have access to a huge pool of thousands of under represented coders looking for a job. And POC don't have the most access to what it takes to become successful in Tech Is Inclusion the Big Problem?
  8. 8. EDUCATION EMPOWERMENT Most people of color aren’t worried about inclusion, they are stressing about education cost, about not having technical equipment, about not having the free time to actually commit to studying. THE BIGGER PROBLEMS
  9. 9. EDUCATION EMPOWERMENT TIME EQUIPMENT EDUCATION
  10. 10. IMPEDIMENTS IN THE USER STORY COST OF EDUCATION The cost of college tuition or bootcamps are too expensive for many people of color. ACCESS TO COMPUTERS Over 40% of households don't have computer or laptop devices. DEDICATED STUDY TIME Many marginalized people don't have the leisure to spend time on non-compensated activities. TECH  SUCCESS!
  11. 11. CASE STUDY
  12. 12. 2005 - Graduated from H.S. in Buffalo, NY 2009 - Sentenced to 8 years in prison 2008 - Arrested for illegal possession of a weapon 2011 - Starting self-teaching himself code 2012 - Built 1st version of the Photo Patch website 2014 - Released from prison & moved to Florida. 2015 - Founded a 501c3 Photo Patch Foundation 2016 - Launched  Atlas Digital Group 2018 - Released "From Cages to Stages" Memoir 2019 - Launched Unlock Academy Timeline
  13. 13. Global Impact Introduced 15,000 people to coding and coached them to building their first websites. Connected 30,000 youth to their parents in prison via the Photo Patch app. Helped raise $500,000 for charities focused on empowering youth and social entrepreneurship. Forbes CNET Atlanta Black Star Steve Harvey TV The Today Show Black Enterprise amongs others... Colorlines.com The Takeaway
  14. 14. How did I get so strong in prison?
  15. 15. EDUCATION EMPOWERMENT TIME EQUIPMENT EDUCATION
  16. 16. TIME EQUIPMENT EDUCATION How do we scale this? If we could scale the number of POC in code, we can increase the diversity numbers.
  17. 17. TECHONOMIC JUSTICE GOAL If we had unlimited resources what would be a practical solution to educating and empowering more people of color who do have an interest in tech?
  18. 18. TEST THE PROTOTYPE 10 minutes RAPID PROTOTYPING 10 minutes DECIDE ON SOLUTION 5 minutes LIGHTNING DEMOS 5 minutes of research 5 minutes of ideating EXPERT INTERVIEW 10 minutes OVERVIEW OF THE PROBLEM 5 minutes THE DIVERSITY SPRINT
  19. 19. Watch the video with slide synchronization on InfoQ.com! https://www.infoq.com/presentations/ holistic-edtech-diversity/

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