Although our hackathon is based in the Silicon Valley region of Northern California, we have realized that many communities outside of the Bay Area are underrepresented in hackathons as well as the Computer Science industry. While they might be interested in coding, they may simply not have the resources available to them given either their region or their socioeconomic conditions.
As part of our initiative for encouraging students to use Computer Science to create projects that impact their community, we have created a mentorship program where we will be pairing up high schools students who are proficient in CS with middle/high school students from underrepresented areas across the nation to teach them various aspects of CS.
Sessions will be one-on-one for the student to have a welcoming environment to ask questions along with the opportunity to bond with their mentor. Each pair must meet for at least 2-3 hours per week, but are welcome to meet more frequently.
450 students from
“My experience with the Digitize Mentorship Program has been an amazing one, not only have I learned more
about Python, but I also gained a new friend along the way. The program itself is an amazing one and I
am beyond glad to be able to say that I have had the opportunity to be able to participate in Digitize.”
A. Gonzalez, Granada Hills, California
Teaches them how to code in HTML, Java, Python, or language of their choice. Introduces them to basic statements and methods (if statements, if-else, arrays, recursion, etc)
Teaches them more advanced knowledge of HTML, Java, Python, or language of their choice. Introduces them to more complex features of the language (ie: Object Oriented Programming, Binary Trees, Heaps, Queues/Stacks)
While many students are proficient in a certain language, it is still very hard and confusing for most to make the step between solving coding projects on Eclipse to creating a fully functioning app or website. The mentor will introduce them on how to start a hackathon project and present to them the necessary frameworks and IDEs to create their desired project. (Ex: Flask, XCode, Swift, etc)