Latino tech challenge showcases unique apps
Voto Latino (VL) has announced the finalists the VL Innovators Challenge, a competition for Latino millennials seeking careers in the tech industry. Only 7 percent of technology workers are Latino, which VL credits partly to the fact that “Latinos don’t associate their awesome tech skills with the possibility of a career in tech.”
The winners of the challenge will spend two days on Google’s campus in California where they’ll get some one-on-one time with tech-giant members from Google’s creative, marketing, and Android teams.
Here’s the list of finalists and their unique Latino-focused projects:
Alberto A. Altamirano
A mobile app to help Latinos interact with local government.
Designing Culturally-Competent Health IT for US Latino Migrant Farmworker Population
A video series to educate migrant farm workers in rural Virginia about health issues.
Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca
A mobile app to help undocumented students find scholarships.
Sara Inés Calderón
An elections app to help get Latinos to the voting booth and involved in political races.
Healthy Women of West Kendall
A mobile diet-and-exercise app promoting healthy lifestyles for Latinas.
Julie Through the System
A mobile app to help Latino youth navigate the juvenile justice system.
A mobile app to help young Latinas that offers emotion regulation and training exercises.
Mayra Jhoana Cruz
A website to connect established Latino health professionals with Latinos trying to break into the medical field.
Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Development Program
Eutiquio “Tiq” Chapka
A six-week online course for Latino entrepreneurs looking to grow their business.