Join us this weekend for the seasonal CodeDay event! Virtual CodeDay is a jam-packed and totally beginner-friendly event where attendees can learn new skills, meet new people, and build fun projects! We also have an array of workshops, gaming tournaments, and attendee-favorite coding challenges, like our capture-the-flag cybersecurity challenge, CodeCup, lined for the weekend.

For more information, and to register (it’s free!), please visit

Society of Women Engineers Present “Hyde Park Engineers Panel”

Sign up:

On November 23rd, next Monday, the Society of Women Engineers is hosting a virtual panel of women and non-binary college students to discuss their experiences in different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors at the University of Chicago. The discussion will not be specific to UChicago experiences but attending any university in a major where you’re most likely underrepresented. Besides practical logistics of college life, we aim to have a conversation about finding community, creating impact, and staying mentally healthy in such spaces. Grade level students who attend will have the opportunity to make connections and ask questions! It would be amazing if you could share this resource with your students! We would love to have them present.

The Seneca Foundation-Vail Systems STEM program

What is the Seneca Foundation?

The Seneca Foundation is on a mission to educate, empower, and equip Black and Latinx recent Chicagoland high school graduates with paid Software Development training, paid internship work, college financial assistance toward a STEM degree, and resources that will positively impact their professional and financial trajectory for years and generations to come. 

Who should apply?

Seneca Foundation’s mission is to support student populations who are historically underrepresented in STEM degree programs and careers. To offset the inequities that these groups face we have thoughtfully created a unique program that combines skill development, financial assistance, mentoring, and “real work in the real world” experience. We know that it would be easy to only focus on the “A” students, but we want to focus on all students that have a passion for and commitment to STEM. Therefore, there is not a G.P.A. requirement for our program. 

Requirements for our 2021 cohort are:

  • Black or Latinx 
  • Exhibits a passion for STEM
  • Must graduate high school in 2021
  • Ability to legally work in the U.S., including DACA participants
  • Resident of the Chicagoland area, and able to commute to the Vail offices in downtown Chicago (currently remote to ensure adherence to COVID-19 guidelines)
  • Completed application and letter of recommendation
  • If accepted, a signed commitment to obtain a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field 

What’s included in the program?

Our (1) year program includes the following benefits and offers two different paths to meet the applicant’s individual needs. In both options, participants will gain skills, experience, and knowledge that will prepare them for the pursuit of a college degree and fulfilling career in a STEM field. 


  • 6 months of paid prerequisite training in software development and devops
  • 6 months of paid project work via an internship with Vail Systems
  • Flexible hours to accommodate college schedules
  • Mentoring and professional/social support
  • Educational workshops
  • College financial support
  • Performance-based opportunity to continue working at Vail during or after completion of a STEM degree


  • Students can take a Gap Year before college and work for Vail full-time (30-40 hours / week) during that year. Program participants who choose this path will receive support with the college application process.


  • Attend college part-time in the Chicagoland area after graduating high school and work for Vail full-time, while pursuing their college degree part-time.


The program pays $18/hour for up to 40 hours/week and offers a flexible schedule, but our current cohort says the best part of this program is the chance to do real work in the real world so soon after high school. 

What’s the timeline?

November 1, 2020: Application available

November 11, 2020: First info session

February 1, 2021: Application deadline

April 5, 2021: Acceptance Letters are sent

April 16, 2021: Acceptance response is due

July 6, 2021: Program starts

Why are you doing this?

The Tech Industry, the industry that has created the most wealth in the last decade, has failed to increase their representation of Black and Latinx professionals. This is unacceptable.

We are committed to supporting talented young adults on their journey to a fulfilling career in a STEM field. We started with our first cohort of 5 young professionals in 2020 and are proud to expand this program in 2021 and beyond.

What if I want more information?

Register for one of our upcoming Info Sessions!

Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute

Applications close February 28 at 11:59 pm PST

Dive into computer science with CSSI

Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) is a three-week introduction to computer science (CS) for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology — especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field.

CSSI is not your average summer camp. It’s an intensive, interactive, hands-on, and fun program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, software engineering, and other closely-related subjects.

Program goals

  • To provide students with an interest in computer science an opportunity to learn what their future career might hold, and inspire them to complete their work towards a technical degree.
  • To help students develop their technical skills, build confidence in their abilities, and better prepare them to study computer science or closely-related fields.
  • To help participants begin building important personal networks and friendships with a diverse group of students who share their passion for technology and computer science.
  • To give students an inside look at Google’s unique environment, community, and culture.
  • To provide exposure and insight into Google’s internship program and technical career opportunities.

designHer Hackathon 2020

GreenHer hacks is an 8-hour event taking place on Sunday, February 23rd which is intended to help middle school girls understand the impact they can make on the world by combining creative thinking with technology.

The goal of this event is to have our attendees design a mobile application that accomplishes a simple, yet empowering goal: to create a “greenher” future. All students will have the opportunity to work in teams to design a product and present their creation in front of University of Chicago professors at the end of the day. We hope that each and every one of our hackers will leave the event feeling confident in their ability to better the communities they are a part of. Registration is open to all 6th-8th grade middle school students who identify as female or gender non-binary in the Chicagoland area.

DesignHer Hacks 2020

ChiCyberCon 2020

Free for students.

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Please share this invitation with your students for free attendance…

Did you know that some hacking is ethical? Or that steganography has nothing to do with stegosaurs but with code cracking?

Learn about these topics and connect with hundreds of individuals on technology’s cutting edge at Illinois Institute of Technology’s ChiCyberCon 2020! Event highlights include:

· Enjoy free student admission

· Learn about the fields of cybersecurity and forensics through presentations by dynamic experts from the federal government and industry, including 2020 LEGIS Congressional S. Raschid Muller and Chantel A. Perry, USAA data scientist

· Interact with industry practitioners, researchers, faculty, and upper-level students active in specialty areas from cyberwarfare to the internet of things to government policy for security

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Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program

Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program

Deadline to apply: January 17, 2020 3:00 pm CT

The Amazon Future Engineer  scholarship program assists high school seniors who have completed an advanced placement computer science course, or who have taken an advanced placement computer science test and plan to continue their education at an accredited four-year college or university majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer related field of study.  Winners of the award receive $10,000 at an accredited four-year college or university as well as a paid summer internship at Amazon after their freshman year of college.

Learn more about the program and meet a previous winner here.

Last year, Lane student, Mariah B., also won the $40K award and received a guaranteed internship at Amazon!

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program


BuildChicago Hackathon for HS

BuildChicago by KreativeSunshine is a 24 hour hackathon for high school and university students focused on entrepreneurship in the Chicago area, and the best part is that it’s completely free! Members will be able to create something meaningful or start a new business with access to mentors, workshops, food, and a collaborative space. Register for free at
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