21st Century Activists Need 21st Century Skill Sets

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Together Bridget and Idalin will provide a powerful workshop on how security, technology tools and social justice can be explored through design practice. We will go over the impact technology on social movements and activists in the 21st century. We will also prepare activities on approaches for acquiring the insight, experience, and data necessary to unearth the missing ingredient for producing drastic improvements in the social sector. No technical experience is required to attend this workshop. Come ready to explore and with your heart in the community.

21st Century Activists Need 21st Century Skill Sets
Presenter/s Idalin Bobe' and Bridget Sheerin
Organization ThoughtWorks, Inc.
Bio/s About Idalin: Imagine if the Black Panthers had a technology education program. That is the type of tech activism Idalin aims to bring to the table through her work. Her goal is to merge computer programming with political education so that black and brown people understand the impact technology and social structures have on their lives and possess the means to produce the fundamental change needed for social justice to be a reality. Idalin Bobé is an IT consultant at ThoughtWorks and a tech activist. Her passion is bridging the digital divide among hard-to-reach populations and creating more technical community-driven leaders. Originally from the North Side of Philadelphia, Idalin has impacted thousands of men, women and children globally with her work in tech literacy and empowerment. Her most recent work was supporting Ferguson, Missouri activists with technology tools through Hands Up United's "Roy Clay Sr. Institute." The program trains young community leaders to gain 21st century skills, combining computer coding and political education. Other tech initiatives she spearheaded were: building a computer lab for a school in South India serving people of the lowest caste, building fundraising campaigns to teach 2,000 girls of color through Black Girls CODE and organizing social justice hackathons with Qeyno Labs Hackathons and #YesWeCode.

About Bridget: A teacher, humanitarian and a lover for design, Bridget leads UX workshops on security tools for communities active in social justice issues.

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