ROADTRIP NATION PRESENTS
See where computer science can take us
An Interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Episode 1: Pumped and Ready
Three computer science students embark on a road trip to meet leaders in the field who, like them, come from underrepresented backgrounds.
Episode 2: Breaking Down Barriers
The journey to find role models and advice takes the team to Silicon Valley, where they learn that fitting in is overrated.
Episode 3: Get the Ball Rolling
After exploring the mechanics behind robotics and 3D printing, the road-trippers take a pitstop at DEF CON, a tech conference that dispels their conceptions about “hackers.”
Episode 4: The Door’s Wide Open
Traveling along the East Coast, the team visits New York and MIT before reflecting on the lessons they’ll take with them going forward.
Code Trip Trailer
Meet Natalie, Robin, and Zoed. They’re computer science students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in tech—and they’re on a mission not just to break into the industry, but to diversify it. Eager to discover the career possibilities in this rapidly growing field—and encourage other women and minorities to do the same—they embark on a journey that proves you don’t have to fit the mold to make it in tech; anyone has the potential to be a driver of innovation, discovery, and progress.
Check out these resources for educators and parents to facilitate meaningful discussions that help students unlock their potential.
INSIGHTS FROM THE FILM
“Confidence comes down to: do you like who you are? I got to where I am because I learned to love myself, and appreciate who I am.”
Sabry Tozin, Director of Enterprise Platforms, Netflix
“The only way to break down barriers is through things like tech. You guys are the pioneers. You’re not the guinea pigs—you’re the astronauts.”
Phillip Loya, Fellows Program Recruitment Manager, CODE2040
“If there’s something that you want to do all the time, you’ll find a way to make a living out of it.”
Carolyn Parcheta, Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Laura I. Gómez
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Fellows Program Recruitment Manager
Director of Enterprise Platforms
Senior Technical Program Manager
Senior Director of Product
Co-Founder/Chief Software Architect
Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer
Amara Poolswasdi Hulslander
Senior Experience Designer
New York On Tech
New York On Tech
Senior Software Developer
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Forget the tech stereotypes. We’re sending computer science students on a journey to interview the inspiring minorities who are changing the tech landscape—and the world as we know it.
Jobs in computer science are increasing, but the number of young women and minorities entering the field isn’t. So we teamed up with Microsoft to make a documentary series about the trailblazing women and minorities who are raising the bar of innovation by contributing their diverse perspectives, fresh ideas, and distinct voices to the computer science revolution. Follow the journey of three students as they meet with computer science leaders from different backgrounds and learn that inclusion is vital not only in creating better technology—but a better future for us all.
On the road for...
From Malden, MA
Natalie Melo entered college as a chemical engineering major—but all it took was one computer science class and she was hooked. Realizing it was the perfect outlet for her curiosity and problem-solving skills, she quickly found herself changing majors. Now she’s on track to becoming a computer scientist and has no regrets about her decision—but she does have hesitations. As a Latina entering a male-dominated field, she wonders whether she has what it takes to survive the world of tech. Her dream is to honor her parents, who immigrated to the States to give her a better life, but she lacks role models she can relate to. She hopes this road trip will introduce her to females who’ve been in her shoes so she can get the inspiration needed to forge ahead.
From Houston, TX
Robin Maxkii can make a lot out of a little. It’s a spirit of plucky resourcefulness that comes from growing up in a small Native American tribe where access to technology was scarce. Drawn to computers from an early age but unable to consistently use them, she started to finagle her way around the limitations. It started in 4th grade when she learned how to override the time limits on public computers. Later, it grew to building her own computer when she couldn’t afford the one she wanted. Today, Robin continues to exercise her love for tech by coding and blogging. Her choice to pursue tech hasn’t always been easy, and she’s often viewed as an outsider by peers, but she’s determined to show the world that the face of computer science is more varied than people think.
From Long Beach, CA
For Zoed Mora, the choice to pursue computer science has been met with skepticism. He’s the type of guy you’d find in a motorcycle garage working on his bike, but he feels equally at home coding on his computer without feeling the need to fit into the “geeky” stereotype. People tend to question whether someone who looks like him would be interested in such techy pursuits, but he’s determined to prove that someone’s appearance has nothing to do with their passions, goals, and abilities. He’s made a lot of sacrifices to put himself through school, and hopes that meeting people like him who have broken the mold will give him the confidence he needs to keep flouting expectations.
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