An Inspirational Video About Kids and Coding Skills

  • Harry Hayes

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Watch This Inspirational Video About Teaching Coding Skills to Help Raise Kids Out of Poverty.

When I shot this inspirational video, I got lucky. It was a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

It was “Hackathon Weekend” at Atlanta’s TechSquare Labs. Dozens of local college students and teachers were there, brainstorming ideas for new healthcare apps.

During a lull after lunch, one of the founders of TechSquare Labs, technology entrepreneur Rodney Sampson, decided to address the crowd.

It wasn’t planned. It wasn’t scripted. But the result was amazing.

TechSquare Labs is committed to mentoring inner city kids and helping them rise up out of poverty.

An Inspirational Video

I didn’t know much about Rodney Sampson at the time, but it’s obvious he’s passionate about helping Atlanta’s inner city youth.

He believes teaching coding skills can help disadvantaged kids rise up out of poverty.

It turns out he partnered with WorkSource Atlanta to launch Code Start. It’s a program for young people with no high school education, that teaches coding skills.

He’s also part of ATL TechHire, a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Shooting this inspirational video was a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

TechSquare Labs

Part of the Google for Entrepreneurs network, TechSquare Labs is a resource and seed fund for technology startups. They also help mentor young entrepreneurs so they can “Build Something From Nothing.”

One of its founders: Rodney Sampson.

When Mr. Sampson picked up that microphone, it should be no surprise that he had something to say. Pacing the stage like an evangelist, he started talking about hope. About using technology and education to help minority students. And he talked about his dream—finding a way to make the technology industry more diverse and inclusive.

This may have been an impromptu talk, but it ended up being a truly inspirational video.

Fortunately, when it happened I had my video camera with me.


About the Author: 

Harry Hayes is the owner and executive producer at Content Puppy Productions, a corporate video production agency based in Charlotte. Before starting Content Puppy, he spent 20+ years as an advertising writer and creative director.

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