The scene at Monday night’s EdTech Meetup, sponsored by the Digital Harbor Foundation
Updated 12/4/12 5:10 p.m.: The Race for Reuse challenge “is to get as many people using the [BmorePipeline] app and engaged as possible by Dec. 8,” said Lauren Reid, the communications manager for Code for America. “That date will assuredly not be the end of their outreach.” We’ve corrected the end date, which we originally reported as Dec. 6.
In November Technically Baltimore reported on the BmorePipeline, a website set up by the Digital Harbor Foundation as a way to help public high school students interested in technology and entrepreneurship into tech-related internships and jobs.
The site, itself a LocalWiki page, was Baltimore’s entry into Code for America‘s Race for Reuse campaign, whereby groups of civic hackers and interested citizens in 24 cities nationwide took “older projects that had become open-source code and created new things for it,” as co-executive director of the Digital Harbor Foundation Shelly Blake-Plock explained at Monday evening’s EdTech Meetup.
Code for America’s challenge to all participating cities was to have their “engagement” with interested people, organizations and companies completed by Dec. 8. For the LocalWiki challenge BmorePipeline is a part of, the specific challenge was to “get the highest number of unique contributions.” To do this, Digital Harbor Foundation is looking to have 200 mentors and 400 companies signed up on its BmorePipeline page by Thursday.
“We’ve got a bunch of high school students working with [the Digital Harbor Foundation] who are eager to find out about real internship opportunities in the tech community here in Baltimore,” said DHF co-executive director Shelly Blake-Plock in an e-mail. “We’re finding that their teachers and guidance counselors often don’t know where to turn.”
Mentors will serve as tech instructors for students as well as curious teachers. Also needed are technology companies at which students can intern and, the hope is, one day work.
Watch a video of co-executive director of the Digital Harbor Foundation Andrew Coy talking about BmorePipeline:
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