Uber expands tech education program to Wilmington

Ride-sharing giant Uber on Tuesday announced the expansion of its 8-80 Coding Initiative to Wilmington. The program supports technology and computer science education for kids and adults ages 8 through 80.

“As a tech company, we want to help develop a pipeline of talent who can enter the workforce,” said Uber Spokesperson Danielle Filson. “Our expansion to Wilmington will help to build a future that is more diverse and inclusive throughout the region.”

In partnership with Uber, regional nonprofits Coded by Kids, TechGirlz and The Item first launched the initiative in October 2017.

Coded by Kids will support the program locally at the Kingswood Community Center in the Riverside neighborhood of Wilmington. The 8-80 Coding Initiative provides a support role with donations and mentorships to enhance the current once-a-week program.

“We expanded into Wilmington in 2017 because students here are also lacking access to high-quality tech education,” said Sylvester Mobley, CEO of Coded by Kids. “We’re extremely appreciative that Uber has extended its support of us to this new market, and with their help we will continue to grow our presence in Delaware.”

One goal of the effort is to increase diversity in tech employment.

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