Tech Talks with Google

Sharing some cool sessions starting next week!

Dear Jeffrey,

This summer, Google and the Office of Computer Science are partnering to create Tech Talks built just for CPS students. Our first talk is next Friday, July 29!

Talk 1 | Creating with Computers
Talk 2 | A Career Path in Tech
Talk 3 | Build a Tribute Website
Talk 4 | Street Art with Javascript

All sessions are free, and accepting registrations now! Students can click on the dates in the attached calendar to register.

With questions, please contact Abril Vela | avela7

See the full calendar
Office of Computer Science | Chicago Public Schools, 42 W. Madison, Chicago, IL 60602

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Virtual Teen Summer Programs at Chicago Public Library

Teen programming at Chicago Public Library will be virtual this summer. No in person programming, and YOUmedia sites remained closed at present because of social distancing practices.

Attached is a calendar of some awesome virtual programs that CPL is offering. Students can win prizes like gift cards and skateboards, and do not have to register for the Teen Summer Challenge to participate in Virtual Programs.

Sound Off Calendar.Outreach.docx

An Opportunity for Black and Latinx High School Graduates from the Class of 2020

The Seneca Foundation and Vail Systems are providing Black and Latinx 2020 high school graduates with Software and DevOps training, while earning a $37K salary. The application is due July 20th and can be accessed here. A program info session will be held on July 13th.

Students have the option to attend college part-time while in the program, or take a gap year, work full time, and receive support from the program when college application season rolls around.

With any questions, please contact senecafoundation

Hack the Northeast

Hack the Northeast: a free 36-hour hackathon that will be held virtually June 5-7.

A hackathon is a primarily computer science focused event where students can work in teams of 2-4 people to make a project (typically apps, websites, or games) to further their knowledge of computer science. Students will work on this project for 36 hours and will learn a lot in the process. Anyone can participate and we will be hosting workshops that cater to a variety of skill levels, plus we will have experienced mentors available. HTNE is free and any high schooler can attend!

The team at HTNE is working hard to make this event memorable and exciting, and want to get as many high schoolers as possible to take advantage of this opportunity.

WBEZ Crowdsourced Graduation Speech

From WBEZ….

WBEZ is looking for 2020 Chicago area high school grads! We are assembling a community graduation speech, written line by line by seniors. We’ll air the speech on 91.5. To contribute, check the link. Please spread the word! Deadline is 5/29.

Summer CS Opportunity for Rising Seniors

NOTE: Application deadline is Friday.

The UIC CHANCE program is offering a 5-week Digital Scholars program for rising HS seniors who are members of underrepresented groups.

The program starts June 22 and will give students an introduction to programming using Python, with activities that are visual and provide room for creativity.

Given the disruption to many summer activities, this is a great opportunity for continuing engagement and growth for students interested in CS.

The flyer is attached, and you can find more information at (Please note that this modified program will *not* result in UIC course credit.)

CS Flyer.pdf

Cyber Security Opportunity – Application closing soon!

The Office of Computer Science has teamed up with DePaul University to offer a one (1) day virtual workshop where you will be provided an opportunity to learn how security engineers explore networks and systems.

The first half of the day you will learn about the different Operating Systems that live on the internet. You will learn how to navigate and configure these systems. During the second half of the day you will engage in a Capture The Flag (CTF) competition with the rest of the participants where you will apply what you learned earlier in the day.

Both students and teachers are encouraged to complete the form below to apply. Completion of an introductory computer science course (e.g. Exploring Computer Science course or equivalent) is preferred. A computer and internet access is also required as this event will be conducted online.

The Event will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 9am – 3pm. Space is limited so apply now, the application closes this weekend.

Questions? Contact Jesus Duran at jduran30 or Nick Stoyas at nestoyas

Application link:

Virtual Meeting – Microsoft’s AI for Good Programs

A joint meeting with Chicago Chapter ACM / IEEE Computer Society Chicago / The Mid-America Club IT Club

Microsoft’s AI for Good Programs

Speaker: Adam Hecktman
Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Philanthropies, Microsoft Corporation

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

6:00 pm – 7:00pm

Online meeting via Zoom:
Password given before meeting to those signed up on meetup.

Admission: Free, open to the public

Teens Take On COVID Hackathon!

See below!

Greetings fellow coder,

Our names are Ashay Parikh, Labdhi Jain, and Sohum Bhole, and we are three current juniors/incoming seniors at James B. Conant High School. You may know us from school, Code211, or other D211 events. This time, we are organizing an online, student-led hackathon called “Teens Take On COVID.”

Starting May 18th and until May 25th, we have planned to gather as many teen coders as we can and facilitate a fun competition where you and other teens will build solutions like mobile apps, websites, and hardware devices that address some of the current AND future challenges related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic!

The reasons why you should join are quite simple:

  1. It’s free
  2. There will be prizes
  3. Teens of all skill levels are invited
  4. There are no obligations when signing up
  5. You will have plenty of time to code
  6. You will be judged by tech professionals
  7. You can use whatever software or hardware you want
  8. You can work alone or with whoever you want
  9. You will be able to impact other peoples’ lives
  10. A great learning experience

And if this isn’t enough, email us back and we’ll send you more reasons. But if you are interested in participating, you should do the following:

  1. Head over to to sign up for the event
  2. Join our slack:
  3. Check both links for any updates, full rules, project requirements, and more
  4. Start planning your project with/without your team members

If you have any further questions, please email us back. We are really excited to see the cool project that you will create!

See you then,
Ashay Parikh, Labdhi Jain, Sohum Bhole
Teens Take on COVID Organizers