General Assembly is proud to be partnering with Adobe in the development of the Adobe Digital Academy, a Bay Area–based program focused on offering opportunities in technology to underrepresented communities. Adobe supports high-potential candidates through partnership with General Assembly’s Opportunity Fund and Adobe technical internships. Selected candidates receive Opportunity Fund scholarships for General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive (WDI) course followed by a three-month technical internship in Adobe’s offices, with the goal of hiring interns for a full-time position.
We set up exclusive company tours, one on ones with peer mentors, VIP conference passes, and lunch with leading women in Silicon Valley tech. Our hope is to inspire and empower these women to pursue their interests in technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation at its epicenter.
Over 7,000 incredible women applied for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’re thrilled to announce our winners!
Meet Tayo Akinyemi, one of four Women on the Rise winners who will be flying to San Francisco this fall for a week-long educational journey!
Tayo is the Executive Director of AfriLabs, a pan-African network of tech innovation hubs with 40 hubs in 18 countries. She is an African entrepreneurship and innovation enthusiast who began her career at an NGO dedicated to advancing women in corporate business. Since then she has focused, with varying degrees of success, on understanding how businesses are built and sustained for impact. Tayo has an MBA from Cornell University and a BA from Princeton University.
Meet Leigh Nicholson, one of four Women on the Rise winners who will be flying to San Francisco this fall for a week-long educational journey!
Leigh is completing her PhD in cellular and gynecological oncology at Sydney University, Australia. She is particularly interested in how technological and software advancements influence the future of biological research. To share her latest research, Leigh occasionally writes for publications about science and tech.
Meet Maggie Diaz-Vera, one of four Women on the Rise winners who will be flying to San Francisco this fall for a week-long educational journey!
Maggie was born and raised in Miami, FL. Her interest in tech stems from playing Video Games with her brother as a child and learning how to mod gaming systems. Her professional experience is in online marketing, and she is currently studying Computer Science at Miami Dade College with the pursuit of a career in Data Science.
Salman came to General Assembly as an engineer looking for a tech community to jump into. He ended up as a beloved Back-End Web Development instructor, both in New York City and San Francisco. Realizing the importance of “soft skills” for developers, he started the Laugh & Learn newsletter to provide a well-rounded continued learning experience for his students and job-seeking techies.
Salman will be teaching Building Startup Ideas at our San Francisco campus on Thursday 7, May, 2015.
Follow Salman on Twitter: @daretorant
After five years experience in practical and theoretical neuroscience, Melanie Araujo decided it was time to start exploring other opportunities. She grappled with the decision to attend grad school in London, but wasn’t completely sold – there was another fit out there.
Before Memorial Day, several of us from the GA team crammed onto a couch and talked about going west for the summer. Over the past two months, we’ve doled out no fewer than 300 *adorable* GA cookies, trekked what probably amounts to 50 miles of distance traveled from coffee shop to office to happy hour in various locations around SoMa, and most importantly, had the pleasure of introducing almost 1,000 students to General Assembly classes and workshops.