hack/reduce and TechBoston Academy have partnered up to hold the very first "hack it till you make it" event. It will consist of a talk around technology, diversity, and entrepreneurship, followed up by a front-end development workshop. The event will be attended by TechBoston's 9th–12th grade students who have an interest in computer science and will end with a tour at the startups Hopper and Threat Stack in Cambridge, MA.
Gina Nebesar will be leading the talk and Q&A — she's currently the VP of Product Development and Marketing at Ovuline and is a Harvard Business School graduate. Alex Jarvis will be teaching the front-end development workshop — he's currently a software developer at Terrible Labs.
Founded in 2002, Tech Boston Academy (TBA) is a pilot school located in Dorchester, Massachusetts that offers a college preparatory curriculum to students in grades 6–12. TBA exposes its 1,050 students to a wide array of technological resources. TBA offers advanced courses that utilize this technology and cover topics such as digital art, Adobe graphic design applications, computer programming, and E-commerce.
Gina leads product development for Ovuline — a company that uses technology to help couples start families and have healthier pregnancies. She brings experience starting a clothing vending-machine company and has an industrial engineering background. She earned her BS from University of Southern California and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Alex Jarvis is a self-taught developer at Terrible Labs — a design and development shop that works with startups and enterprise companies to create iOS, Android, and web-based applications. Alex started his web development career as an academic in the Digital Humanities community before moving on to full-stack web development. He spends his free time working on projects aimed at solving big problems in small communities.