We're in our final week of Hack the Hood, and what a long way we've come! Through our journey at Hack the Hood this summer, we've always strived to teach important lessons about social justice alongside our tech and entrepreneurial training. Monday's speaker, Oakland activist, artist, and entrepreneur Favianna Rodriguez spoke to these issues and specifically how she uses art as a platform for activism. Favianna's talk inspired us to think about using our talents to engage with our communities, in Oakland and beyond.
Favianna's top points:
Hack the Hood interns had a blast visiting the Pandora HQ in downtown Oakland yesterday. Our hosts Alia Calhoun Pandora's Partner Marketing Manager, and Natalie Chriss, the Account Manager, gave us a tour of the office and a behind the scenes look at the internet radio company. We learned that Pandora serves more music than YouTube serves videos, and that Rihanna has more spins on Pandora than Beyonce. We were also got a chance to rate music on the same scale that Pandora uses to place songs into radio stations. Hack the Hood is a music loving crew, and for us, Pandora was the perfect combination of music and tech.
An unexpected surprise of Pandora's tech/music bootcamp--and the highlight of the trip, for many of our interns--was getting the chance to work with Pandora's audio production team. Who knew that so many of us had such voiceover talent? Program Assistants Max Gibson and Raven Atkins (who also works with Youth Radio, we should have seen it coming) stunned with their voiceover rendition of a Zachary's Pizza ad that Pandora airs. Hack the Hood interns got to do multiple takes, and then watch their voices get blended into a perfect voiceover spot, with background music and all, by Pandora audio producers. Thanks to Tyler Brown, Eric Shapiro, and Marin Moran!
Listen up next time you use Pandora--if you're lucky, the advertisements just might be featuring our interns' dulcet tones.
The photos are in--we had an amazing time at Facebook, and now we have the images to show more about it. Sophia Hussain, our photographer, took some great photos that we posted on Flickr, but we want to also share some here.
Time flies when you're in Hack the Hood. Today marked the Midway review, our chance for interns to present their website portfolios to a panel of professionals and receive feedback. Our panel: Shari Godinez, the Executive Director of KONO, Kristin Long of MIGHTYMinnow, and Keith "Tivon" Gregory of TivonTV.
Not only was it a time to show off the interns' progress on their websites, it was also a great moment to reflect on how the interns have changed since the beginning of the program.
Nile presents the website she is working on for the Kingston 11 restaurant in Oakland.
Da’Janne presents her website design for Solespace, a shoe store and community arts center in downtown Oakland.
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