Hack the Hood, a new summer program launching this month, trains local youth in web tech skills and then send them out to help local small business become visible online by making sure their listings show up in local maps and directories and their information is visible on the mobile web. Funded by The Oakland Fund for Children and Youth and the Thomas J Long Foundation, Hack the Hood is being presented by The Center for Media Change, Oakland Local and United Roots. This summer, in partnership with KONOGate, the Uptown/Lake Merritt and the Downtown Business Association, and with the support of Ask.com, Facebook, Google, Pandora, Spark Art, Arizmendi, and a number of other organizations, Hack the Hood youth will help local small business become more visible online and teach relevant tech job skills to our to youth.
If you are a small business with a brick and mortar address (ie not web-only), and your business is in the Konogate, Uptown, and Downtown areas of Oakland CA, we’re interested in helping you become more visible online, sign up here or get in touch at Hackthehood@oaklandlocal.com
If you qualify, our program can help you:
- Create a mobile-friendly one page website
- Improve your listings in such as Google Maps, Google Places, and other directory sites–most Oakland businesses do not show up in these listings
- Optimize your site’s code so that customers can easily find you through search engines (SEO)
Hack the Hood is a partnership by local non-profits, partnering with various local merchant associations, and funded by the City of Oakland, Google, and the Thomas J. Long Foundation. Youth are trained and mentored by tech, education, and workforce development professionals who are expert specialists in their field.
Want to benefit and get involved: sign up here
HTH is also looking for adult mentors and volunteers, for more info, check out our site
If you or your business would like to sponsor or support local youth and small business development in Oakland, please contact us!