Contact: Tim Mask
June 19, 2015 601-977-9200, ext. 222
WHAT: The nation’s first combined summit and hackathon devoted to the issues of innovation and economic inclusion. The day-and-a-half-long event will feature the largest youth computer hackathon ever to take place in Mississippi and a lineup of local and nationally recognized speakers addressing innovation and the opportunity to develop an inclusive “innovation ecosystem” in Mississippi’s capital city.
WHO: Mississippi leaders and business owners: Governor Phil Bryant, Mayor Tony Yarber, Dr. John Calhoun (CEO/Co-Founder, Integrated Management Services)
National thought-leaders and innovators: Estella Pyfrom (CNN Hero, CEO Estella’s Brilliant Bus), Lee Fisher (President/CEO of CEOs for Cities), Johnathan Holifield (ScaleUp Partners), Ken Coleman (Special Adviser, Andreessen Horowitz) Kwame Anku and Michael Nobleza (#YesWeCode) and Cedric Brown (Kapor Center for Social Impact).
Hackathon participants: 20 middle school and high school students from Jackson joined by 60 students traveling on a “Digital Freedom Ride” to Jackson aboard Estella’s Brilliant Bus with stops in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
DMI Mobile Music Lab: Representatives of Delta State University’s Delta Music Institute will be offering tours of their mobile music lab in front of the convention center immediately following the summit.
WHERE: Jackson Convention Complex – Jackson, Mississippi
WHEN: June 30 – July 1, 2015 (full schedule here)
WHY: Innovation Districts are a new concept in urban planning that has emerged as an effective model for stimulating economic growth in cities across the globe. The idea of inclusive competitiveness presents a unique opportunity to promote development in Jackson by aligning innovative strategies with the talent, ideas and diversity of the city’s residents. One key step toward bridging the digital divide that exists in our country is to connect minorities to technology opportunities and technological skills through events like the TECHJXN #YesWeCode Hackathon.
PHOTO OPS: 80 students working in teams to develop mobile app prototypes, national and local speakers and VIPs, Estella’s Brilliant Bus (bus outfitted with computer workstations to teach digital literacy skills) the DMI Mobile Music Lab (bus outfitted with equipment to teach music composition, recording and production skills).
About the TECHJXN Innovation Summit & #YesWeCode Hackathon:
TECHJXN, which stands for “Technology, Education, Construction, and Healthcare” is an initiative planned and promoted by a diverse partnership of national and local organizations. National partners are Estella’s Brilliant Bus, ScaleUp Partners and #YesWeCode. Local partners and sponsors include Alignment Jackson, The Center for Education Innovation; City of Jackson; Innovate Mississippi; Jackson Public Schools; Jackson State University; Kids Code Mississippi; the Law Firm of David Pharr; Lemont Scott Group; Midtown Partners, Inc.; Maris, West & Baker Advertising; the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, and the United Way of the Capital Area.
#YesWeCode is an initiative of Rebuild The Dream. The initiative targets low-opportunity youth and provides them with the necessary resources and tools to become world-class computer programmers. By learning this highly valuable and relevant 21st century skill, these young people are shifting the trajectory of their futures and transforming their relationships with their communities and their country. Learn more about #YesWeCode
About Estella’s Brilliant Bus
Founded by Estella Pyfrom, Estella’s Brilliant Bus is a customized mobile learning center, providing educational training and self-help experiences in under-served areas that will empower children and families with life-long learning and access to technology. For her vision and dedication, Estella was named a 2013 CNN Hero. She received a “Standing ‘O’vation from Oprah Winfrey, was featured in a Microsoft Superbowl commercial, and has been heralded for her works by a wide range of organizations. Learn more about Estella’s Brilliant Bus
About the DMI Mobile Music Lab
The Delta Music Institute’s Mobile Music Lab (MML) utilizes a specially outfitted bus to bring music, audio and video technology lessons to Mississippi students, primarily in the Delta, to nurture and encourage creativity. This program teaches students the basics of songwriting and the process of recording, producing and performing original musical works. The initiative also teaches beginning video production and importance of Mississippi’s musical heritage. Learn more about the DMI Mobile Music Lab
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