Google Plans To Open New Tech Lab In Oakland To Grow Black Engineers
Google is launching a tech lab in Oakland to mentor the next generation of African-American and Latino computer scientists.
The Internet giant is working with MIT Media Lab on the Code Next lab, according to an email obtained by USA TODAY. Code Next is slated to officially open in October.
The lab, which has already run a pilot program, will focus on educating young people in Oakland in the educational and career possibilities that computer science and nearby Silicon Valley offer, an Oakland Unified School District official said.
Google spokesman Ty Sheppard declined to comment. The MIT Media Lab could not be immediately reached for comment.
Oakland is one of the nation’s most diverse cities located across the San Francisco Bay from Silicon Valley.
Google has leased space in Oakland’s Fruitvale Transit Village, a 255,000-square-foot complex near the Fruitvale BART station developed and owned by local nonprofit The Unity Council, the San Francisco Business Times reported.
“It’s incredibly exciting to have Google’s presence in the Fruitvale,” a busy and highly visible spot, giving students passing by a window into high-tech they normally would only get in Silicon Valley, said Claire Shorall, manager of computer science for the Oakland Unified School District.