As you may already know given the couple of graduate profiles we have published, CodeBoxx has jump started the tech career of many young gamers over the last 2 years. Young boys or young girls who were attracted to tech through their interest in gaming and needed a stepping stone like CodeBoxx so they could use their passion and transform it in 4 months in a career path that made sense for them. Moreover, as we expand in the US, we want to expand our mission to create a diverse and inclusive pipeline of tech talent ready for the new digital age. Therefore, it made a lot of sense for CodeBoxx to partner with MetArena and Marcus Howard for one of the largest Esports events in the United States in 2021!
In partnership with several companies MetArena organizing the 2021 ASCEND HBCU Esports Conference and Career Expo, the first-ever virtual conference of this type. The event will feature speakers representing for-profit and nonprofit corporations within the esports and gaming ecosystem, including Riot Games and Intel. MetArena will also publicly reveal its new community esports platform during the event. The ASCEND Conference seeks to increase support for STEAM education in low-income communities and improve financial inclusion for underrepresented innovators. Although the esports and gaming industries are growing rapidly, only 2% of professionals in the gaming industry identify as African Americans, while 83% of African American teens play video games weekly (compared to 72% of the same age group). This event is also designed to include the Latinx community, which has many of the same socioeconomic challenges as the Black community and represents a significant percentage of students enrolled at HBCUs. The Latinx community also represents 13% of gamers in the US, the second-highest gaming demographic in the country. While this free event is designed to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), it’s open to the public, and people from all backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
As the main sponsor, CodeBoxx is very proud to offer ASCEND Conference’s attendees a chance at winning free tuition for one of the upcoming cohorts of our Tampa Bay campus!
CodeBoxx believes that Smart is Everywhere and we have demonstrated this by jumpstarting the technology careers of many individuals from various backgrounds, with little or no coding experience,” said Nicolas Genest, CEO at CodeBoxx Technology Corporation. “We are proud to put the CodeBoxx community at work for the ASCEND HBCU Esports Conference and Career Expo because we know that cognitive potential is evenly distributed in our world, but opportunities are not. CodeBoxx exists to tilt the scale back to balance.
Instructions on registering for the event are provided here: https://www.metarena.gg/blogs/news/metarena-ascend2021