Due to covid-19, we’re offering exciting FREE coding programs to students grades 4 - 12 and their parents. Join us to learn how to code and also participate in a speaker series with tech experts as they introduce students to cutting-edge tech fields. Hear the latest in technology from panels of leading experts in Aerospace, Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare & Tech, Creative Tech + Design, Quantum Computing, and more April - May, 2020.
Monday - Friday
4pm-5pm PST daily
Students learn how to code as a family during this five-day
course. You’ll meet daily with a live instructor to learn the
languages professionals use to build websites: HTML & CSS. By
the end of the class you’ll build your very own webpage.
This course will be taught by Devanshi Thakar from
Recommended for grades 4 - 12.
Meet engineers from Alphabet's X, Facebook, Instagram & more!
UX/UI design - at the heart of all effective products and technology
What is it & why is it now the most sought after technology?
Learn how technology is solving today's pressing health issues
What's on the horizon for space travels?
Devanshi Thakar will begin her professional career at Microsoft this July as a Cloud Solutions Architect. Previously Devanshi has interned at Prudential Financial, Inc. as a Software Engineering Intern. Devanshi earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz in March 2020. While at UCSC, she served as the Web Developer and Administrator for UCSC’s Relay For Life, a club that raises awareness for cancer research. In her course concentration, she focused on Natural Language Processing, Computer Networking and Mobile App Development. Among the projects she has developed is an Android mobile app which upon inputting an image of an object, lets the user know if the object belongs in Recycling, Garbage, or Compost. Devanshi served as the Program Chair for The Association for Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing. Devanshi is excited to help inspire youth with the limitless possibilities of tech by teaching them how they can combine tech with the world of design and art.
Zoe Stoll is currently a software engineer at Facebook, working on protecting user safety on both Facebook and Instagram, such as building tools for child protection, counter-terrorism, and counter-hate speech. One of the projects she has worked on is detection of when bad people try to return to Facebook after being kicked off. Prior to working at Facebook, she studied computer science at Brown University. In her free time, when she's not under lockdown, she likes to go on runs and take care of cats at her local animal shelter. You can read more about her work at Facebook here.
Tara is a software engineer at Alphabet’s X in the Bay Area, where she works on machine learning and biology research problems. She previously spent 3.5 years across various teams at Google, most recently bringing internet connectivity to emerging markets. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelors in Computational Biology in 2016. During her time at Brown, she served as a teaching assistant, volunteered as a service worker in Rhode Island Hospital, interned at Google, and gave campus tours. Outside of work, Tara enjoys hiking, experimenting with new recipes, reading good books, playing the piano, and binging Netflix series.
Doug is currently a software engineer at Lyft, where he builds features in the mobile app aimed at improving driver efficiency, earnings, and happiness.. He graduated in 2015 from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Engineering, a hybrid of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Upon graduation, he moved to San Diego to start work at Qualcomm, where he built performance optimizations for the Android operating system running on Qualcomm chipsets. After a couple years of late nights in the lab, he moved to San Francisco for an opportunity at Google. There, he was on the Android team focused on improving the third-party app developer experience. After a couple years at Google, Doug yearned to get closer to solving tangible business and people problems and started working at Lyft to use his tech skills to improve drivers' experiences.
Brad currently is a software engineer at Instagram, working on the Android app team to develop new features for IGTV. He first started coding in high school mostly due to the encouragement of his math teacher, and was eventually convinced to take AP Computer Science. He went to Georgia Tech and majored in Computer Science with a concentration in Interface Design. He wasn't sure what he wanted to do after college so he did a bunch of internships while in school - with a variety of experience at startups and big tech companies. His last internship was at Facebook on the News Feed team, and he decided to join the company full time after graduation. The past 3 years at Facebook he's worked on a variety of teams doing Android work including Growth, Messenger, core Facebook App, and now Instagram.
Chris Merrill is a software engineer that is committed to creating robust financial services that empower both businesses and consumers. At Robinhood, he is developing a cryptocurrency trading platform that enables users to analyze and execute trades in a way that is simple and intuitive. He is working to eliminate traditional barriers to entry in the financial industry, with the ultimate goal of democratizing finance for all. Prior to joining Robinhood, Chris was an engineer at Wish, where he developed payment, invoicing, and accounting services that powered its e-commerce business. Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Cornell University.
Nick is a Windows 10X UI/UX software engineer at Microsoft. He is currently working on the OS for the Surface Neo, a foldable device Microsoft is coming out this holiday season. During his time at UT, he worked at UT Austin’s Visualization Lab, where he became interested with how design looked and how users interacted with software. In the lab, he built Hololens applications and other web based applications. His work throughout college led Nick to become a software engineer at Microsoft on the M365FX team, responsible for building user experiences for Windows 10.
Shengjie is currently an Associate on the Product Strategy, Planning & Analysis team at Netflix. In her role, she is responsible for working across Content, Product, and Marketing to innovate the way creative assets are produced and promoted, may it be Artwork, Trailers, or subtitles / dubbing. Prior to joining Netflix, she spent 4 years in management consulting & corporate strategy. Originally from China, Shengjie holds a degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Brown University. Outside of work, she is passionate about using technology for social good, spending time outdoors, and finding the next show to binge on Netflix.
Jane Fessenden is a mechanical engineer in the consumer electronics industry, working as a product designer. Jane, who graduated MIT in 2018 with a bachelors in mechanical engineering and design, believes product development is essential to improve the quality of life for people and the preservation of the environment.
Prineha Narang is an Assistant Professor at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty, Prineha came to Harvard as a Ziff Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment to explore the new field of excited state quantum materials and devices. She was also a Research Scholar in Condensed Matter Theory at the MIT Dept. of Physics, working on new theoretical methods to describe quantum interactions.
Prineha’s work has been recognized by many awards and special designations, including being named a Moore Inventor Fellow by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for innovations in quantum science and technology, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a Top Innovator by MIT Tech Review (MIT TR35), and a Young Scientist by the World Economic Forum in 2018. In 2017, she was named by Forbes Magazine on their “30under30” list for her work in atom-by-atom quantum engineering. Prineha designs materials at the smallest scale, using single atoms, to enable the leap to quantum technologies.
Prineha received her Sc.B. in Materials Science from Drexel University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and Resnick Sustainability Institute Fellow, where her work focused on understanding light-matter interactions in areas ranging from quantum plasmonics to nitride optoelectronics. Outside of science, she is an avid triathlete and runner.
Shoumik Chowdhury is currently a junior at Yale University where he is studying Mathematics and Physics. He has been a quantum computing enthusiast (and researcher) since he was a high school student in Mumbai, India. At Yale, Shoumik is the president of the Society of Physics Students and helps to lead various academic, social, and outreach/mentoring activities. He has also been involved in several research projects, including quantum information theory and device design, experimental quantum computing with superconducting qubits, and dark matter detection using levitated microspheres. He has worked at Rigetti Quantum Computing and the Yale Student Technology Collaborative."
Francisca Vasconcelos is currently a senior at MIT studying Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics. This fall, she will be pursuing a MSc in Mathematics and Foundations of Computer Science at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She has performed research in a variety of fields, ranging from optical communication for cubesats at NASA JPL to boosting neural network performance at the MIT Media Lab. However, Francisca has spent the last two years focused on quantum computing, working on quantum measurement, machine learning for quantum, error mitigation, and radiation studies as an undergraduate researcher in the MIT Engineering Quantum Systems group and as an intern at Rigetti Computing. Furthermore, Francisca is very interested in education, serving as a course instructor for MIT’s winter-term Intro to Quantum Computing course for two years and leading The Coding School’s quantum curriculum development team.
Samuel is a research fellow at Harvard University, master’s student at EPFL and incoming Ph.D. student at MIT. His main areas of interest include Machine Learning and Quantum Computing Algorithms, in which he has seven publications and one pending patent. He is also the founder and president of the EPFL Quantum Computing Association in Switzerland. Samuel is originally from Germany but spent almost all of his life in other countries (the US being his 9th country). When he was 5 years old, his family moved to Croatia to help with post-war reconstruction, through a German NGO. There he finished elementary and high school. He also attended school in South Africa for a while. After graduating from high school, Samuel worked as a volunteer teacher in an orphanage in Kenya, near Nairobi, where he established a small coding school for disadvantaged students. During his undergraduate studies, Samuel worked in Ice and Climate research at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Afterwards, he joined the hedge fund D. E. Shaw & Co. in London and New York City for a while, where he worked on computer simulations of the bond and foreign exchange market. Before starting his master's degree at EPFL, he spent some time in the city of La Jolla, at the University of California in San Diego. There, he worked on Machine Learning research and enjoyed surfing in the Pacific Ocean.
Alexander is currently a fellow at Harvard University. There he
is researching quantum algorithms and protocols in Prof. Prineha
Narang’s lab. He studied Computer Science at École Polytechnique
Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). His main areas of interest include
machine learning and quantum computing, but he is also very
active on the business side, having started the company Dots
Development which is programming a dictation software for
Originally, Alexander is from Vienna, a city he loves for its culture, diversity and cuisine. As you can guess he is not only a scientist, but also a foodie; loving to cook, and active in debating and previously also Model UN. Out of high school, he worked in Austrian Institute of Technology’s quantum cryptography laboratory. Later he lived in Switzerland, where during his studies he improved the investment firm Jolt Capital’s recommendation system through a work in conjunction with EPFL’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) laboratory. Currently he lives in the Boston area, where you can find him when he is not discovering new places — one of his big passions. For more information and contact details you can visit Alexander’s personal website: alexander.sanchez.at
Amir graduated from MIT with a B.S. in Physics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and an M.Eng in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2018. He is currently a graduate fellow in MIT's EECS department and a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. His research motivation is to use quantum mechanics to gain an advantage over current technology and protocols. As an undergraduate he worked with Dirk Englund on control and high fidelity readout of NV centers in diamond.
Agnes Villanyi is a junior at MIT studying electrical engineering and computer science. She first got interested in quantum computing when she took a month-long course over the winter term her sophomore year, and has been involved in many quantum projects ever since! This past summer she worked at the Weizmann Institute in Israel on a theoretical physics project, thinking about how electrons move in mesoscopic systems. Over the past school year, Agnes was involved in a project at MIT about quantum algorithm development, mapping image reconstruction algorithms onto quantum computers. She is also incredibly excited about spreading knowledge about the field - through both working with The Coding School and starting an undergraduate quantum computing club at MIT!
Kaylyn Shibata is currently a Strategy and Operations lead on the Johnson & Johnson Global Health Technology team, building digital products and partnerships with large tech companies such as Apple, with the mission to scale healthcare in innovative and globally impactful ways. Previously, she was at Google for 5 years leading product development for their Android Developer ecosystem. She graduated from Brown University with a concentration in Neuroscience.
Sameer Sarkar is a Senior Population Health Analyst at Boston Medical Center (BMC). In this role, he performs data analytics for the Population Health team at BMC, which is the Boston area’s safety net hospital. Examples of day-to-day tasks include tracking the efficacy of hospital programs and using machine learning techniques to identify potential future programs that could benefit patients while bringing revenue to the hospital. Prior to working at BMC, Sameer worked at Cornerstone Research, where he performed economic analysis for high-profile court cases. Sameer grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where he majored in Economics-Mathematics (with honors). In his free time, Sameer enjoys listening to hip hop and working on his statistics blog.
Vivian Neilley is a Solution Consultant in Healthcare and Life Sciences for Google Cloud. In this role, Vivian is responsible for designing and publishing solutions for the industry as well as implementing them in hospitals across the globe. She focuses on data and analytics solutions and at night is pursuing her masters in healthcare analytics from Tufts Medical School. Her favorite project at Google has been getting to travel to Brazil to implement telemedicine for remote populations living in the Amazon basin. She began her career in healthcare working as nursing assistant for a surgical unit while conducting clinical research. She moved on to pursue health technology at the American Telemedicine Association in D.C. where she played a role navigating state and federal legislature. Immediately prior to joining Google, Vivian was in a similar role in Solutions at IBM Watson Health.
Julia is a graduating Ph.D. candidate at the University of California - San Francisco. Her background includes undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics, while her graduate work has been centered around using machine learning in radiology to improve patient care. Specifically, she has created tools to help radiologists quickly and accurately diagnose hard-to-treat cancers, with a focus on cancer of the brain. Her passions include solving complex problems in medicine, coding, music, education, and the science of food and cooking.
Ryan is currently a Power Electronics Engineer working on Starship Avionics at SpaceX in Los Angeles. He graduated from Brown University in 2017 with a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering. While at Brown, he was the lead engineer on a nanosatellite, called EQUiSat, which was successfully launched in 2018 and is still operational in space today.
Lauren Herring is an aerospace structures engineer from Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from MIT in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, started her career at SpaceX as a build engineer, and now works as a structures design engineer at the 3-D printed rocket startup Relativity Space. In her free time, she enjoys competitive sailing, 3-D printing, blacksmithing, and seeing how many power tools can fit into one apartment.
Olivia Chiu is a systems engineer working on electrical and software control systems at Blue Origin in Florida. She graduated from McGill University in 2008 with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and started her career at National Instruments where she developed software used in testing automotive and aerospace applications. In her free time she enjoys travelling, cooking, building robots, and creating videos to help teach students programming concepts.
Josh is currently a manufacturing engineer at Rocket Lab USA. Since joining in 2018, he has been the manufacturing engineer for the Rutherford rocket engine, including thrust chamber assembly, valves, and final integration. At the same time, he is the responsible engineer for the Maxwell cubesat deployer, an industry leading device for getting tiny satellites from the rocket to their final orbit in space. Before Rocket Lab, he was a student at Rice University in Houston, Texas where he helped found Eclipse, the undergraduate rocketry team. During his time at Rice, he also completed two internships at SpaceX in Hawthorne California, working as a manufacturing engineer on valves for the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft.