Newark Office of Information Technology
City of Newark Offers All Residents Free Access to Mobile App Building Course
In partnership with curriculum and software provider Gadget Software, city seeks to help residents build tech skills for a modern economy
(NEWARK, NJ., March 28, 2016) — Today the City of Newark’s Office of Informational
Technology announced its partnership with STEM software and curriculum provider Gadget Software to make technology skills available to all city residents through the company’s Gadget Labs program. Starting this month, the city will offer Gadget Software’s curriculum and software platform to Newark youth as part of the city’s Newark Tech initiative, a collaborative of various local stakeholders responding to the White House’s bold multi-sector initiative to upskill Newarkers for well-paying tech jobs.
In September, the courses will become available to all Newark adults.
“By making Gadget Labs accessible and free to all Newark residents, we are extending the current efforts of Mayor Baraka to empower Newarkers and meet the talent needs of local businesses,” said Seth Wainer, CIO for the City of Newark. “Gadget Software moved here to Newark and provides a platform to more efficiently instruct young people—as well as adults—in the critical skills needed to both innovate and program mobile applications.”
Last summer, public officials, including Senator Cory Booker and Newark Mayor Ras J.
Baraka, committed to establishing Newark as a tech hub with the announcement of Newark Venture Partners $50M fund to attract startups, and installed Firebolt Wi-Fi, the largest, fastest free outdoor Internet in the United States.
The Mayor’s office has since expanded its City of Code program, which is designed to introduce both the youth and adult populations to web development, mobile development and computer programming. With mobile technology continuing to dominate how we communicate and access information, Gadget Software was selected to be the first and only platform for the city’s Newark Tech initiative, following the company’s success working with several of Newark’s community centers.
“It’s amazing to be part of the growth of Newark as a technology hub” said Max Riggsbee, Chief Operating Officer of Gadget Software, “We’re incredibly honored to partner with the city to bring next generation coding and software development skills to our neighbors and residents. Our Gadget Labs STEM platform is rapidly being adopted across the nation as the most practical way to teach core computer science and software creation skills to people of all ages, and Newarkers will be able to join the tens of thousands of others across the US who have already benefited from Gadget Labs”
Gadget Software’s Gadget Labs course, which consists of three lab modules, will be offered initially at three Newark Housing Authority sites throughout the city—eventually expanding to more locations—with each module running for about 10 weeks. Newark’s
City of Code Coding club will teach the Gadget Labs software and curriculum, and Gadget Labs will provide the environment for prerequisite training for potential participants, training for future instructors, mentorship and an example as a thriving Newark-based tech company.
Students who complete the Gadget Labs course will be encouraged to lead their own classes and experience a leadership role.
Gadget Software is also in talks with Newark Public Schools about bringing Gadget Labs to school summer programs, as well as a course offering to high schools starting next fall.
About Gadget Software
Gadget Software provides mobile-optimized software for the education industry to prepare the next generation of innovators through hands-on experiences, collaborative interactions and opportunities to solve real problems. Based in Newark, NJ, Gadget Software is led by a crop of seasoned veterans in the education and technology space. For more information, visit www.gadgetsoftware.com
About the Newark Office of Information Technology (OIT)
The Newark Office of Information Technology (OIT) is responsible for the development, maintenance and operation of the City of Newark’s computerized systems and related network infrastructure. In effort to establish Newark as a leading technology hub, OIT prioritizes initiatives to address the issues of access to devices and connectivity to high speed internet as well as the the skills gap while working to increase the number of high–growth tech companies within Newark.
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