This has been quite a year.
Naturally, in the last hours of the year, we're reflecting on all the lessons and amazing professionals and partners 2016 has brought our way. At the top of 2016, our goals and benchmarks were set, and we've been able to accomplish what we set out to do, and then some.
Our mission to diversify tech through skills-based learning has led us to graduate our first cohort, host a tech crawl for 100 diverse professionals and work closely with partners like Greenhouse, Mastercard, Spotify and Uber, to name a few wins.
While we can relate to many of you who are ready for 2016 to end, we can't let the year go by without acknowledging our greatest moments, especially because so many of you were apart of them.
Here's a look at our most memorable moments of 2016:
We've hosted numerous events throughout Silicon Alley, but we took things on the road, hosting our first-ever SXSW event, "SXSuperSunday." Held at Return Path headquarters, we kicked the event off with a keynote address from Kristen Robinson, Chief HR Officer at Pandora. Austin-based techies and SXSW attendees got the chance to network with one another over snacks and sips. This event was in partnership with #blkcreatives, Jopwell and recruitHER.
Our team was on the ground, spreading the word on our then-upcoming workshops and courses. Lots of fun!
Fund Club Raises $10K On Our Behalf
The funds went toward operational costs and financial assistance for our students.
Launch of #MoreThanCode
There's nothing more fulfilling than seeing your vision come to life. #MoreThanCode was just that in 2015. Designed to teach diverse professional hybrid skills, it launched in April 2016 with two part-time courses: Digital Marketing and UX Design. What's most memorable is how many opportunities opened up for our cohort with many enjoying new professional opportunities as a result of graduating from the program. Huge thanks to our partners: Alley, Buffer, Greenhouse, Pandora, Techstars and Uncubed.
Graduated Our First Cohort
We brought Office Hack back! Office Hack 2016, presented by 2020Shift and Spotify, was amazing. 1 day. 100 diverse professionals. 9 office tours at Spotify, Mastercard, Stack Overflow, Oscar, Uber, Greatist, Animoto, Yelp and Mashable.
CUNY Advisory Board
Now serve on the advisory board for The City University of New York and will support the largest urban university system in the country with creating tech-focused curriculum.
Part of White House TechHire Initiative
As part of the TechHire initiative, we were selected to participate in the White House Summit on Building the Tech Workforce of Tomorrow. This event brought together over 100 talented technologists, innovators and community leaders to celebrate the success of TechHire to date, share best practices from several TechHire cities and discuss the industry Tech Inclusion Pledge, among other things.
While we've accomplished a great deal this year, we're just scratching the surface. We've got so much in store for 2017, so stay tuned!
Wishing you all a peaceful and prosperous New Year!
The 2020Shift Team
PS: Share your 2016 accomplishments with us on social media by tagging #2020moments.