Finalists revealed: VL Innovators Challenge
Latinos use digital media more than any other ethnic group. But few Latinos are translating their tech savvy into tech work. In fact, only 7% of technology workers are Hispanic. Voto Latino believes Latinos can use their tech savviness to open doors to amazing careers in Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM).
The VL Innovators Challenge was created to get millennials, especially Latino millennials, thinking about technology both as an innovative change agent and as a potential career. Applicants were encouraged to “use a tech tool to address a need in the Latino community.”
The Challenge will award $500,000 in grants to the best proposed projects. Winners will also spend two days on the Google campus in California where they will be paired with members of Google’s Marketing, Creative Labs, and Android teams, among others. Besides the chance to get an inside look at one of today’s leading tech giants, this opportunity will allow winners to showcase their talent to the best in the business and get the valuable insight needed to carry out their projects and impact their community. The competition is a project by Voto Latino in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (MacArthur Foundation) and Google and is administered by HASTAC. msnbc is a partner of the VL Innovators Challenge.
These are the nine finalists of the VL Innovators Challenge.