May 2016: Our best month for diversity in tech

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I couldn’t sleep after thinking about our productive month we have had in May. Anecdotally, I knew we had our best month ever, but I just didn’t know just how much we crushed it. I’ll preface it by saying BLUE1647 has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, and it took  a considerable amount of uphill work before we could finally play offense. And we did. Because our success is deeply linked with our ability to help our communities have unprecedented access and opportunity to a culture of technology development, every once in a while, we can put ourselves on the back. So here it goes:

This excludes daily full-time classes, workshops, and events in Chicago, St. Louis, and Compton, CA.

Compton Adult photos

St. Louis Youth photos Location 1

St. Louis Youth photos Location 2

St. Louis Youth photos Location 3

St. Louis Adult photos Location 1

Full-Time Chicago Public Schools Cohort

BLUE1647 Flickr Channel


We had two official visits to the White House in the month of May!

May 1st: Team BLUE1647 were invited to the White House for a summit

May 1st: Community Lead, Rashad Sallee was on the Tech Scene Chicago podcast

May 1st: BLUE members getting ready for an upcoming performance 

May 1st: BLUE announced our summer classes for youth 

May 1st: BLUE held a CoderDojo youth coding bootcamp

May 1st: NSBE Chicago meeting at BLUE

May 1st: BLUE1647’s Code Chicago program held Android development course

May 2nd: Code Abode health-focused web development training

May 3rd: BLUE member Brian Rodriguez held an All Things Web Tech meetup

May 3rd: The root featured BLUE1647 in their Afrofuturism series 

May 3rd: BLUE1647’s 1919 [women in tech] program held our Tech Tea Party. Over 200 in attendance. Here’s the livestream, photos, recap video, selfies,  writeup, another writeup

May 5th: BLUE1647 Roseland Codes program, in Roseland

May 5th: BLUE1647’s Clinton Peabody location pics

May 5th: White House CTO stops by BLUE1647

May 6th: Published San Diego BLUE1647 Code BLUE USA hackathon video, which was seen by Bill Gates

May 7th: BLUE CTO, Kenneth Watkins ran a minecrarft coding camp in Virginia

May 7th: BLUE1647’s Latina Girls Code program held a Mother’s Day event with 25 families. More pics.

May 7th: BLUE1647 member showed us some of her code she was working on at BLUE

May 8th: BLUE held a Chicago Community Trust On The Table roundtable discussion

May 9th: BLUE647 Clinton Peabody published their newsletter

May 9th: Impact Engine held a all-day retreat at BLUE

May 10th: Prentice Butler hosted On the Table roundtable discussion

May 10th: BLUE student starts full-time job in Engineering at UPS

May 11th: BLUE appeared on the Nerdette, WBEZ live podcast

May 11th:  BLUE|1647 listed as a Top Illinois Startup Community & Coworking Space.

May 14th: BLUE member organization, The Chicago Inventors Organization held a patent and trademark workshop with over 100 attendees. Here’s the livestream

May 14th: BLUE1647 was the keynote address at the Patrick Spann Foundation gala

May 14th: BLUE1647 is working on a new product launch with Depaul MBA students

May15th: Python workshop for Black Data Processors Association (full house) 

May 16th: BLUE hosted Illinois State Treasurer Frerichs for a Fireside Chat

May 17th: BLUE hosted Coffee and Conversations meetup

May 18th: BLUE published grades of summer youth applications

May 18th: BLUE member Edward Yu was on Tech Scene Chicago podcast

May 19th: Chicago Ruby Hello World for Hardware meetup. BLUE kits progress

May 19th: BLUE1647 partners with Cambien Networks, SoCore, and Leave No Veteran Behind for South Shore center

May 20th: BLUE announces new 1919 photography cohort

May 22nd: BLUE hosted an Intro to Minecraft coding workshop

May 22nd: BLUE hosted an Intermediate Minecraft coding workshop

May 20th: Roseland Codes Demo Day

May 23rd: Clinton Peabody website sneak peek. 

May 24th: BLUE Wear umbrella sneak peek

May 24th: BLUE Wear previews BLUE backpack

May 24th: BLUE student receives full scholarship in Mechanical Engineering

May 25th: BLUE 10-year old student, graduates from associate degree program

May 26th: Chicago Public Library Training (50 attendees)

May 27th: Blue kits preview

May 27th: Former US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan visits BLUE1647

May 29th: Code and Cocktails meetup

May 29th: BLUE student receives and accepts equity to a search-engine startup

May 21-22nd: BLUE hosted a hackathon with CodeDay Chicago, a 24 hour youth hackathon, with over 85 attendees.

May 27th: BLUE Artist in Residence, Roho Garcia held his Red Tour, pop-up art show

May 27th: BLUE member, Ray Hightower on WGN Radio show

May 27th: Greater Food Depository meeting at BLUE

May 29th: BLUE member launches Tech Month Chicago

May 31st: BLUE represented at the White House for the Nation of Makers roundtable

May 31st: ( post) Engaging global thought leaders at ASU GSV Summit. 

May 31st: Chicago Inventor organization Internet of Things Law meetup. Here’s the livestream

May 31st: BLUE1647 affiliate, Chicago Social Change, passed a criminal justice law





4 responses to “May 2016: Our best month for diversity in tech

  1. 07.01.2016 > START of Second Half of 2016! > Looking to a BIG Finish to 2016! > JOIN-US! > Always Room for more at BLUE1647!

  2. 10.01.2016 > Start of Quarter Four of 2016 > Also, BLUE1647 is starting Into its IMPACT Year Three. > JOIN-US! > Always Room for More at BLUE1647 as our Boundless Expansions can include YOU!

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