Microsoft is sponsor, participant in Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce youth hackathon

Microsoft is participating in the Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce Hackathon for young African-Americans, ages 16-24, which culminates Feb. 6 at Rocket Fuel Inc. in Redwood City, California. The winning teams receive combinations of cash, scholarships and/or awards.

Tony Prophet, corporate vice president of Education Marketing for Microsoft, will be among the guest speakers at the event.

Microsoft is donating devices for the hackathon, and a sponsorship. Through Microsoft’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program, Microsoft is also providing coding mentor and judge support for the hackathon.

The Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce Hackathon’s mission is to empower black youth to become part of the 120 million high-skilled job applicants needed by the year 2020.

To learn more, visit the Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff