The program is part of Include, TechCrunch’s diversity and inclusion program aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to gain better access to the startup scene. For the past several Disrupts, TC has worked informally and formally with BUILD.org, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the Academy for Software Engineering, NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education, the Young Women’s Leadership Schools of the Bronx & Astoria, Red Hook Initiative, Mission Bit, the Urban Assembly Maker Academy and The Girls Network to bring small groups of students on-site.
Elbi startup founder and supermodel Natalia Vodianova with The Girls Network at Disrupt London 2016
As part of the program, youth will have an opportunity to tour the Startup Alley with a member of TechCrunch’s editorial staff, listen to discussions taking place on the main stage and have a one-on-one Q&A session with a speaker.
To be eligible, youth must be of middle or high school age, be within a reasonable commuting distance of New York and have an adult supervisor able to attend with them. Preference will be given to teachers or organizations working with demographics underrepresented in tech. Traditional classes, alternative education, mentorship programs, nonprofit programs, etc. are all welcome to participate.
Applications will close on April 17, 2017. Groups will be notified of their participation status by April 21, 2017. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Two students from the Academy for Software Engineering in Startup Alley at Disrupt NY 2015
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