First Youth TechCamp Launches August 12

Posted by Ann Stock
August 10, 2012
TechCamp Ramallah Workshop With Elizabeth Linder of Facebook

The first-ever Youth TechCamp participants arrive in Washington this weekend! And here in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), we couldn't be more thrilled.

This program empowers future leaders from all over the world with the technological training and tools to make a positive impact in their communities and beyond.

Building on a series of TechCamps hosted by the State Department to increase the digital literacy of civil society groups, the Youth TechCamp will involve 21 young adults, aged 18-23 from Egypt, Indonesia, India, Ghana, Kenya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Philippines, Russia, Thailand, and Turkey. All of these amazing young people are alumni of our Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES Program). The Mozilla Foundation's Hackasaurus team will provide hands-on training in open-source web design and development at the offices of InterMedia, a global research and evaluation group.

Their future career goals of the participants are diverse but each of them will definitely need to be fluent in the language of technology, regardless of their academic or professional paths.

Join the conversation with TechCamp participants on Facebook and follow the events on my Twitter account @AnnatState!



Anish S.
August 12, 2012

Anish S. writes:

Digital literacy really important in the age. Political leaders should be familiar with basic tech tools and gadgets. The government is taking the right steps.

Bencekri K.
August 12, 2012

Bencekri K. in Morocco writes:

It's really great, and I say as a TechGirl I wish all the best for the campers, and LEARN as much as you can. It will be the best opportunity ever.

Good luck!

dr. b.
North Carolina, USA
August 13, 2012

Dr. Baker in North Carolina writes:

On behalf of everyone at the ACLS Certification Institute we want to wish congratulations to the first ever Youth Tech Camp. As volunteers in the USPHS public health symposium this year, we discussed the importance of digital literacy and the advancements we see each day.


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