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Nov. 15, 2013 12:15 pm

I was the only black guy in the company: how Silicon Valley and Baltimore could diversify

Tristan Walker is the founder of CODE2040, a nonprofit that places minorities in tech internships. Two UMBC undergrads participated in the program last summer.

Perry Ogwuche, left, and Randi Williams, are the two UMBC undergrads who participated in CODE2040 this past summer. Photo courtesy of Randi Williams.

Tristan Walker has a goal to diversify Silicon Valley by 2040. To do that, the former Foursquare employee established the nonprofit CODE 2040, which places black and Latino computer science undergraduate students in internships with West Coast tech companies.

This past summer, the two student-organizers of hackUMBC, the first hackathon at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, participated in CODE2040’s internship program.

“I was literally the only black guy in the company,” said Perry Ogwuche, a senior computer science major who interned at online home services marketplace Redbeacon.

Read about Tristan Walker and CODE2040 on NPR.

Companies: UMBC, Foursquare
Projects: hackUMBC
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