Sylvester Mobley, CEO of Coded by Kids
Mr. Mobley served in three branches of the military. He deployed to Iraq but also received a broad spectrum of technology training and he found his calling. He noticed a lack of diversity, equity and inclusion in tech. It’s an industry of great economic growth, but large swaths of people are being left out. More people from underrepresented groups are moving from middle class to poverty than the other way around. Tech allows people in poverty to move forward economically, and stay there.
He started Coded by Kids. A systemic approach to make sure that EVERY kid has access to tech education. Without that, we cannot build an equitable society.
Wants all young people to get a higher ed degree in tech. Data says that’s what’s needed.
The teens work on real projects. Learn to work together as a team and to discover what it takes to work on a tech start-up. Teens compete in pitch competitions.
Regular classroom teachers are not up to the task. Tech centers often have more resources than they need. They don’t know what to do with tech.
Coded by Kids offers workshops for teachers. It’s hard because tech is always moving forward.
He works a lot with elected officials and policy makers.
Coded by Kids is structured like a youth spirts organization. Kids stay with it, form relationships, and gain mentors.
Funding sources: corporate sponsors – vested interest. Foundations. Earned revenue stream from contracts.
Competitive coding competition. Work in teams on projects. Team wins $5,000.