CONTACT: KEVIN L. NICHOLS
Founder, President & CEO
The Social Engineering Project, Inc.
Phone: (415) 490-8010
2nd Annual TSEP Overnight Camping Conference at Camp Cazadero
Oakland, CA (September 17, 2018) – The Social Engineering Project, Inc. (“TSEP”) is an Oakland based Google and Microsoft funded social impact venture with Stanford University that is designed to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry. One of its programs is the TSEP Camping Conference, an overnight camp for underrepresented high school students of color throughout Northern California.
October 5-7, 2018, TSEP will take approximately over 100 underrepresented 9th-12th grade high school students camping to learn about math, science, engineering, and other STEM related careers during a 3 day overnight conference at Camp Cazadero. Buses from Santa Clara, Alameda, and Sacramento counties will take the students and 20 counselors from various tech professions to near the Russian River, where they will be free of the typical high school distractions (no signal, no texting or Wi-Fi) and be one with nature.
a.) Desire to go to college;
b.) Pursue STEM related careers;
c.) Develop a deeper respect for the environment and work/life balance;
d.) Learn how to apply to college, excel on exams, seek financial aid, participate in college life; and
e.) Learn how to promote their personal brand, how to work in teams, engage in entrepreneurship, and network for future collaboration.
In order to expose our students to various career pathways, we needed highly engaging, hands-on- workshops from tech companies to motivate and inspire our students to go to college and major in STEM related majors in order to ultimately work in tech companies. This year, we have the following workshops and presenters:
1. Blockchain 101 - lead by Blockchain for Social Justice is designed to explain the mechanics behind blockchain technology;
2. Starting/working at a tech company - lead by NextPlay.ai will show how to leverage tech to solve important world problems;
3. Tech with a side of Customer Success - lead by TriNet will illuminate other careers in tech such as Client Success;
4. SLA and Operations Management - lead by Walmart Labs is designed use math and engineering to problem solve error codes in order to reach a Service Level Agreement.
5. Explanation of the game developing process and various roles involved - lead by Zynga will teach students prototyping and provide an overview of the gaming industry.
TSEP Camping Conference is sponsored by PG&E, Northrop Grumman, Airbnb, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. We are still fundraising to help students to attend who have applied for hardship scholarships. If you would like to contribute, please visit our GoFundMe campaign.
Here is the registration link for the registration page for the camp http://bit.ly/TSEPcc18. The cost per student was $125. Hardship scholarships are available. For more information, please visit www.TheSocialEngineer.org.
TSEP OVERNIGHT CAMPING CONFERENCE
DATES: Friday, October 5th at 10am through Sunday, October 7th at 4pm
LOCATION: Camp Cazadero, Guerneville, CA
The Social Engineering Project, Inc. is an Oakland based, Google and Microsoft funded social impact venture with Stanford University designed to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry. TSEP achieves this end through STEM pipeline programs that lead to technical career pathways for underrepresented students of color. TSEP’s sponsoring 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is the YMCA of the East Bay.
Kevin L. Nichols has worked in multifaceted capacities in some of the most prolific international law firms in the country, such as Morrison & Foerster, Paul Hastings, Heller Ehrman, and Hollan d & Knight. His interest in diversity and technology began while he was a mechanical engineering/diversity intern at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Later, he became the Executive Director of the California Diversity Council and the African American Wellness Project. Kevin has become a social networking expert and full-time consultant specializing in litigation technology (eDiscovery), diversity, and social media marketing for the legal industry. Nichols has been featured on LinkedIn’s Hall of Fame, Yahoo’s Blog, in the Examiner, CNN Money, Reuters, MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. Millions saw Kevin while logging in to LinkedIn.com from 2011-2014. He is now the Founder of The Social Engineering Project, Inc., an Oakland based, Google and Microsoft funded, social impact venture with Stanford University designed to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry. Kevin attended the University of California, Berkeley and recently completed an Executive Program for Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. For a full biography and CV, please visit http://bit.ly/KLNport.
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