Black Thought Leaders in Tech: Past, Present and Future

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Airbnb HQ
06:00 PM
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Airbnb’s Standard Deviation and Black Affinity Group invites you to join a talk that focuses on black thought leaders in technology. 
To celebrate Black History Month, we look at innovators who influenced modern technology, the work Airbnb does to build on that today, and how future generations might build on it tomorrow.
Learn more about the past, present and future of Black scientists, engineers and designers in Artificial Intelligence, Animation and Marketplace eCommerce. You’ll hear tech talks by current Airbnb engineers, and witness learning in action through demos by StreetCode Academy students.

History of Blacks in Artificial Intelligence, Animation, and eCommerce

Lightning Talks by Airbnb Engineers

Demos by StreetCode Academy students

Enjoy dinner & drinks at 6pm, compliments of Airbnb's Kitchen Team. Please note, the talks will begin at 6:45pm so arrive before then.
An RSVP is required to attend. You will receive a confirmation email if you register correctly. All proceeds, less fees, will be donated to StreetCode Academy, a non-profit that invigorates untapped genius within its community by providing free high-quality tech education classes.

Note that you must be 21+ to attend. We look forward to hosting you!

Speaker Bios:
Evan Cox is a Software Engineer at Airbnb on the Trust team where he works on machine learning and infrastructure, helping to facilitate genuine interactions on the Airbnb platform.  He's passionate about using machine learning to facilitate more efficient interactions between people and companies. Prior to Airbnb he was an engineering and data science lead at Metromile, a pay-per-mile car insurance technology startup, and a software engineer on the core relevance and ranking team at Bing.  He received his M.S. in Computer Science and B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.  He's received 2 patents for his work and has a couple of workshop papers at KDD and IJCAI on deep learning activity recognition and general game playing.
Salih Abdul-Karim is a Design Lead at Airbnb who focuses on motion and animation. After spending 10 years in New York City designing and animating commercials for television he’s spent the last three at Airbnb using motion to solve product challenges. He’s part of the four person team responsible for launching Lottie: An Android, iOS, Web, and React Native library that helps designers and engineers add high-quality animation to any web or native product.
Rashida Brown, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a uData Scientist at Airbnb. Her work focuses on ensuring that hosts meet the commitment of Airbnb-worthy stays. She is using statistical inference techniques to drive impact for a new product launch. Dr. Brown's work experience includes positions as a Statistician at the University of California, San Francisco and a Research Associate II for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. She was also a Data Science Intern at Airbnb and a Data Science Fellow at the Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship - University of Chicago. Rashida earned her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. She also completed an M.P.H. in Epidemiology from Rutgers University and an Honors Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Olatayo Sobomehin is a 12-year old coding and gaming enthusiast who has studied swift, javascript, and python at StreetCode for the past three years. His past projects include Spike Rush, an iOS game that received 15,000 downloads and the praise of tech titan Mark Zuckerberg, and a math game that uses search algorithms to solve number puzzles. He enjoys watching Star Wars, playing basketball, ?and ?eating cold apple sauce with honey. 
Brian Miller enrolled in the Intro to Coding class at StreetCode at just 7 years old. His prowess soon earned him the social media hashtag #BrianForPresident2050. In his first year at StreetCode, he learned to build apps using MIT App Inventor and developed a baseball game app using Java. Brian enjoys playing basketball at the YMCA, completing homework at the Boys and Girls Club, and running track with the EPA Greyhounds.
Mama Keisha Evans is a community leader, entrepreneur and matriarch of the StreetCode community. Since 1993, Mama Keisha and her husband Peter have served East Palo Alto through their independently-owned African goods store, Pan African City Alive. In 2015, the store shut its physical doors and they responded by taking their business online. Through classes at StreetCode, Mama Keisha learned Java programming fundamentals and created a prototype product page. Mama Keisha and her husband have three children and five grandchildren. They enjoy photography, walking in nature, and selling their goods at various cultural events throughout the Bay Area.


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