Smashing through inequality in education

Smash PodcastersMy good friend Mini Kahlon over at LPFI got some “ink” for a program that she’s running at the Smash Academy “to encourage kids of color to study science and tech in college”.

The idea behind Smash? Give kids of color novel ways of publishing on the web (starting with podcasting) and they’ll naturally build community around formerly geektastic subjects like science and math. I mean think about it — if you blog, you know that you want readers right? And to cultivate that readership, you’ve gotta go out and promote the thing — linking to other people, telling your friends to read your inane rants or (gah) emailing your mother every time you post something new.

This is such a great idea and holds so much promise for the next generation of tech-savvy young people that I’m looking ever more forward to the great things that I hope will come out of Wine Camp (speaking of… hopefully visiting this weekend with Miss Rogue — event date by weekend’s end!).

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: (YC W18), Uber, Google.

One thought on “Smashing through inequality in education”

  1. I work with Mini at LPFI. She’s great. Were you able to locate the podcasts on the web? I’d love to give them a listen but can’t seem to find where they are.

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