Code2College Partners with Google Austin to Host 1st Annual STEM-Themed Open Mic Night in Celebration of Black History Month 

The Google-powered community-building event was curated as a unique way for the broader Code2College community to connect with one another and celebrate Black History Month.

AUSTIN, TX (February 23, 2023)  – Code2College (C2C) is pleased to announce that it will host our first annual STEM Open Mic Night with Google on Friday, February 24th, 2023 from 6p-9p at Google Austin (500 West 2nd Street Austin, TX 78701). 

Funded by Google, the Code2College STEM Open Mic Night will feature six performances from the members of the Black Code2College community, including current students, program alumni, volunteers and staff. These performances include singing, original poetry readings, sharing personal stories, and presenting original digital artworks. Open Mic was curated by Code2College in order to support and celebrate the voices, talents and stories of the Black community in honor of Black History Month. 

Additional details:

  • Nearly 50 attendees will be present, and RSVP numbers continue to grow.
  • The Huston-Tillotson Jazz Collective will give an exclusive headline performance.
  • The event will be hosted by longtime Code2College volunteers Hass and Carmen Johnson, engineers who work at LogicMonitor and WP Engine respectively.
  • RSVPing for attending the STEM Open Mic is still open to the public, and all ages are welcome. Interested attendees may register at the following link: 
  • Although the Open Mic is STEM-themed, performances and pieces of all subject matter were welcomed and encouraged. 

STEM Open Mic is but one of many community-building events curated by Code2College planned for 2023. The bulk of our 2023 events were made possible by the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders grant, a gift that includes $200,000 and leadership development for two senior staff members at Code2College.

About Code2College

The Code2College vision is to create a national network of diverse, homegrown technical talent, starting with the Central Texas region. Despite its regional reputation for innovation, there remains a shortage of skilled, local talent to fill a wide variety of technical roles to support the nearly 5,000 technology companies and research institutions in the Austin area.

Code2College provides students from historically underestimated backgrounds direct access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, companies and professionals, the opportunity to develop coding skills and build a robust technical portfolio and prepare them for entry into and excellence in the technical workforce. Code2College is the leading workforce development organization placing high school students into paid, technical roles nationally. 

Reporters May Contact:

Lexy Brunnert
Manager, Storytelling

Matt Stephenson
CEO & Co-Founder

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