Tech Trek Program

Tech Trek

An immersive career-prep experience for Black and Latinx Computer Science Majors.
The 2018 Tech Trek Application is currently open to new applicants.
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About the Code2040 Tech Trek Program

Tech Trek is designed to to address the key factors in the retention and persistence of Black and Latinx computer science/engineering majors’ on the path to becoming thriving technologists and leaders in the innovation economy. The all-expenses paid program connects you with a cohort of 50 Black and Latinx students from across the United States to gain the network, resources, and community needed to launch and sustain your tech career. Students will build their Black and Latinx peer network; visit local tech companies to engage with company leaders, engineers, and innovators from diverse backgrounds; and engage in identity and leadership development sessions with Code2040.

In 2018, Tech Trek will be held in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In our mission to ensure the full representation and leadership of Black and Latinx people in tech, we are excited to be expanding into new locations and local tech economies.

In this program, students will:

  • Access and interact with a variety of tech companies through site visits and workshops that provide a window into the tech workforce and access to early career exposure, resources, network connections, and skills-building.
  • Participate in Code2040 curriculum aimed at supporting emerging tech talent - because breaking into the tech sector requires not just skills, but the experience, confidence, and connections to apply them.
  • Engage and interact with 5+ tech companies and their recruitment teams through site tours, workshops, diverse executive panels, networking receptions, and product demos, for example.
  • Be champions for equity and inclusion by providing companies with robust feedback, taking on the role of observer through pre- and post-visit surveys and give valuable insights on workplace culture, equity and inclusion efforts, brand awareness in communities of color, and more.

What are the requirements?

  • Candidates must self-identify as Black and/or Latinx.
  • Candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at a U.S. college or university, majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Software Engineering, or comparable program.
  • Candidates must be between 18-24 years old at time of program in order to participate.
  • Candidates must demonstrate: a strong commitment and eagerness to complete their degree, have an emerging opinion or understanding of why diversity in tech is valuable, and how they can use their degree and career to be a champion for tech equity.
  • Applicants for Tech Trek Los Angeles must be local students residing in Los Angeles/Los Angeles County at the time of the program. Only local travel, within 80 miles of Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles, will be provided along with lodging.
  • Tech Trek San Francisco is open to all students attending a U.S. college or university. Only domestic travel to and from San Francisco will be provided along with lodging.

When is the deadline?

Candidates must apply by July 6, 2018, 11:59pm (PDT).

What is the timeline?

  • Tech Trek Application window: June 11 - July 6, 2018
  • Admissions notifications: late July, 2018
  • SF Travel Dates: Arrive September 8th; Depart September 15th
  • LA Travel Dates (local travel): Arrive September 30th; Depart October 6th

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