iUrban Teen had an amazing two part event at Amazon in Seattle, thanks to John Kendall, a Software Developer Engineer at Amazon. On August 13, John and his colleagues from Amazon’s Black Employees Network, began the first day with a Hacking and Poster Making session. During this session youth brainstormed new application features, then visually communicated their favorite ideas on poster boards. The youth learned a valuable lesson in working as a team to generate features for the successful development of an application for the Amazon Echo.
The 2nd event on August 18, was the first annual Youth Science Fair hosted by Amazon’s Black Employee Network (BEN). It was a hit! At the Science Fair, participants presented the application projects they created from the Aug. 13 workshop. A STEM based career became an achievable opportunity to the youth. They saw themselves successfully creating the applications and learned how to make it become a viable reality. Amazon made technology fun. Both events were great, and we hope to do it again next year.
iUrban Teen Program Director – Seattle