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We at the Minority Programmers are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of our Black Lives Matter Hackathon. We would like to extend our deepest thanks to everyone involved, including our participants, our organizers, our sponsors, and those who have shared or followed our journey on social media. Thank you for joining us! We are pleased to announce our winners.

Om Janshi wins the Black Lives Matter Hackathon with HEARD App
CISE Student Diversity Council and Mentorship Program JMU

Increase diversity in JMU CISE

We are proud to announce the formation of the new JMU College of Integrated Science and Engineering (CISE) Student Diversity Council. Launching this fall, the CISE Student Diversity Council will work directly with the CISE Dean, Dr. Bob Kolvoord, to increase diversity and inclusion within the CISE programs - Biotechnology, Computer Science, Geographic Science, Engineering, Integrated Science and Technology, and Intelligence Analysis. Please join if you are interested in diversifying these fields!

Serve as a CISE mentor

The CISE Dean & Student Diversity Council is also proud to announce the CISE Student Mentorship Program. We are currently looking for recent JMU graduates to serve as a mentor for a minority student throughout their JMU college experience. Mentors will provide professional, educational, and emotional support - building a lifelong relationship with their mentee.

Minority Programmers Black Lives Matter Hackathon

Launching the first GLOBAL BLACK LIVES MATTER Hackathon!

In an effort to encourage innovation during isolation and combat racial inequality + systemic injustices, the Minority Programmers is launching the Black Lives Matter Hackathon from July 13 - August 2 with over $1000+ in prizes. This is an amazing opportunity to get tech advice, develop a meaningful project, showcase your work to potential employers, and join the network of most diverse programmers.

Blockchain/Cryptocurrency 101

On Tuesday, June 30th at 7PM EST, the Minority Programmers was proud to welcome Blockchain Engineer, Founder/President of Blockchain at Mason, and Founder of SainCapital, Shadman Hossain. He gave us an overview of blockchain, computer networks, double spending, proofs of work, implementation of blockchain, demand in workforce, evolution of money, cryptos+trading, wallets, certification, the developing world, and the Brave browser.

BLM Hackathon in the News

Resources for Hackathon

Teaching code in Augusta Correctional Center

Want to Teach Inmates to Code?

We are currently looking for instructors to teach programming courses to individuals at the Augusta Correctional Center (Central Virginia, USA) in Spring 2021. If you are interested in going to the facility to teach, helping develop curriculum, or helping us secure funding please message minorityprogrammers(dot)gmail(dot)com.

Minority Programmers JMU Joins Blockchain Education Network!

The Minority Programmers @ JMU Officially joined the Blockchain Education Network (BEN), the largest and longest running network of students, alumni, professors, teachers, professionals, and community leaders excited about blockchain across the world. MPA JMU realizes the utility blockchain has for preserving data integrity, security, privacy, inclusion, and decentralization MPA JMU is excited to have access to the immense resources BEN has to offer to programmers across the world.

JMU Tech Startup Webinar + Q&A

MPA/CDC: Software Security Principles

Last Mile: Learning Code in Prison

We had the Director of Programs at The Last Mile, Sydney Heller, talk to us about the wonderful work his organization does teaching incarcerated individuals to code in prison. Originally started in the oldest prison in California, San Quentin, the Last Mile program teaches software engineering principles earning inmates competitive wages in men’s, women’s, and youth correctional facilities. Sydney gave an overview of his program and how we can help expand this. We are honored to have such a wonderful organization share their steps to success, especially in such times where there are not many successful outlets to tackle the injustices we are increasingly becoming aware of.

Learning Code in Prison: The Last Mile Webinar Ad

MinorityProgrammers: COVID-19 Hackathon Results

In a race to end in COVID-19 in its track the world is coming together to tackle the disease from all facets. We decided especially, in tough economic times, to inspire people to use STEM to join the fight, by awarding $1000 prize on a 3-weeklong challenge. See the results of the competition here!

Our Principles

Kush Gupta JMU CS Department The Breeze

Software solutions for underprivileged communities made by minorities

The STEM field is the easiest way for underprivileged communities to attain upward mobility. At the same time, the power of technology has the ability to facilitate change in those same communities in order to stop systemic injustices.

Older Proffesional Workshop

Building a network of computing professionals

Minority Programmers is a international coalition of skilled computing professionals, students, hobbyists, and advocates looking to mentor and develop others in the field.

Abele Maddie CS Photo

Bringing STEM to underrepresented populations

MPA does outreach to local communities based on its chapter model to both educate and provide resources in STEM. We also come from developing nations and we in the works of bringing STEM education into our homelands of India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, China, etc.