In 2009, I co-founded a STEM camp for young girls and throughout high school I helped facilitate and organize seven camps. I have been a technical mentor with Black Girls Code since March 2014. I wasn't exposed to Computer Science when I was younger and I want other underrepresented students, especially girls of color, to know they have the power and capability to be technical creators. In hopes of reaching more people, I started a YouTube channel Code With Kaya which features tech tutorials, vlogs, and tech resources tips aimed at beginners. I have also written about the technology industry on various sites, view links to my pieces here.
Learning to code has been an outlet for me to create technology that makes positive impacts on communities. I am creator of We Read Too, mobile resource application featuring books written by authors of color with characters of color. My other technical experiences include: a mobile development internship at Time Inc in 2014, a Code2040 fellowship in 2015 where I worked on Intuit's Mint iOS team. I'm currently working on a research project at Dartmouth developing an iPad application to help younger kids understand fractions.
I am currently a fourth year undergraduate student studying Computer Science at Dartmouth College. Relevant technology courses I have taken are Programming through Interactive Art, Introduction to Programming, 3D Digital Modeling, Computational Lingusitcs, Object Oriented Programming, Software Design and Implentation, Discrete Mathematics, Algortihms, Security and Privacy, Datascapes, Smartphone Programming and Principles of Programming Languages. At Dartmouth I've worked for the Tiltfactor Lab, the Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation Lab and the Computer Science department as a section leader/teaching assistant for four courses.
We Read Too is a cultural literacy application that showcases a directory of over 600 Children's and Young Adult fiction books written by authors of color for people of color. You can browse different genres, search by author or title, view the details of every book, share the book, suggest any books to be added, as well as view the book on the web through Safari. This app is very important to me because I've always loved reading from the moment I learned how to, but I constantly found that I couldn’t relate to the characters in popular books. I created this application so books with Black, Latino, Asian and Native characters can be showcased in one central place where parents, students, educators, and anyone else can find books for youth with diverse characters they can relate to or whose culture they want to learn more about. The app currently has over 5,000 users and has received great ratings in the App Store. Available for free in the iTunes App Store.