Michael Ellison is the founder and CEO of CodePath.org, a nonprofit transforming computer science education for underrepresented minorities by offering free, industry-relevant, personalized tech training to students at 49 colleges and universities. With backing from major tech firms including Facebook, Uber, and Cherwell, CodePath is closing the gap in access to high-quality coding education. Data from a recent cohort of CodePath students found students were approximately three times more likely to receive a technical job offer after completing the program than if they had applied through companies’ standard recruiting process, and that women and nonwhite students performed as well or better than their white, male peers in the hiring process. Michael previously founded 3 nonprofits and 3 tech startups, starting at age 19. He was a founding board member of Women Who Code and co-founder of Segment, a software company now valued at $1.5 billion.
Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.