“Be your own superhero.”-unknown
Who Am I?
Hi my name is Victoria Walker. I am 15 years old and love building apps and websites from my ideas. I first started to code at the age of 10 and by 11 started competing in hackathons and pitch competitions against seasoned developers. I was very successful in all of them, most notably, the AT&T Hackathon where I was awarded $20K for creating an app that helped prevent texting while driving for their “It Can Wait” Campaign. In 2013, I was recognized as Top Ten Innovator of the Year for Blacks in Tech at SXSWi in Austin, Texas.
What am up to in this world?
I have been organizing hackathons and 1 hour of code classes for free with the intention to disrupt the tech industry by bridging the diversity gap through empowerment of low-income communities and a focus on kids of color by teaching them how to code and inspiring them to become social innovative leaders.
Why Am I Doing This?
When I was 11, I was challenged by my mom to compete against her at my 1st hackathon back when she was one of the few women winning hackathons back-to-back! I ended up winning.
What we realized from that experience is that we can make a difference in the lives of other kids that wouldn't have this opportunity. Because of my success and growth as a leader, public speaker and junior developer and the current state of lack of diversity in the tech sector, we identified 2 problems:
- Most kids do not have the opportunity to be exposed to such amazing experiences
- Tech inclusion is not being addressed at a young age
Our solution is organizing free hackathons for kids.
We have been getting a few loans for laptops from the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library to let kids use that do not own one. We have not had enough and some kids have had to shared. In order to provide them with the best experience, we would like your support to raise funds to purchase new laptops for them.
What is Disrupt Hackathon about?
Our vision is to create a fun-filled experience for kids 11-17 to enjoy building and creating from their ideas. I want kids to believe that they can be their own superheroes by solving real-world problems. Themed with a superhero "Disrupt" logo, participants will be provided with shirts and capes to feel empowered and inspired to change the world!
DISRUPT SUPERHERO HQ: Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library
We partnered up with The Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library in Long Beach to provide a comfortable space for kids to hack away and turn their ideas into fruition. A diverse group of successful tech entrepreneurs, engineers and guest judges come to our events every month sharing their stories to mentor kids to become leaders in their own communities. The intention is that when kids see people that look like them and speak like them in successful careers and building their own companies, they will accept it as a reality that it can happen to them!
LAPTOPS FOR KIDS
This vision has been a dream of mine for some time. Your donation will be used to purchase new Chromebook Laptops for the students. My hope is that we will eventually establish a full-running Disrupt Academy to teach kids coding through after-school programs.
Thank you for your support!