“Everyone in this country should learn how to program because it teaches you how to think” – Steve Jobs

The U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National CS ED Week Call To Action v7Science Foundation are pleased to celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015. Follow the conversation at #CSEdWeek and #HBCUs4CS. For more information about CS Ed Week events, visit the White House blog.


What it means to be an entrepreneur in the tech industry?

What it means to be an entrepreneur in the tech industry?

By Stewart Voit, Co-Founder and COO, On Second Thought

What is an entrepreneur? The formal definition according to Merriam-Webster online is, “a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money.” To state my opinion plainly, that’s a wicked boring definition. It fails to encapsulate the essence of what being an entrepreneur means. Entrepreneurship means looking at a problem that millions of people face and saying to yourself, “Self, I am going to fix this!” Being an entrepreneur gives you an opportunity to find something you’re passionate about, pursue it, and take control of your own career. I have experienced this because I, myself, am an entrepreneur, and I choose to solve problems using computer science.

Computer technology is booming and the software tech industry is dominating the world. Start-up companies are formed each day, being led by young people with a passion to create innovative ideas with software that were unimaginable twenty or thirty years ago. It’s an exciting time for our society and we’ve barely scratched the surface of what we can achieve. The next generation of tech entrepreneurs starts with you. You could be the one to create the next generation of smart devices. Contact lenses that work like your smart phone or a car radio that senses when you’re getting angry and plays smooth jazz. What does the next groundbreaking social media app look like? You have the power to create it. All you need is an idea, and determination.

You really can do anything you put your mind do. You have the power. Create an idea for new technology. Research and take classes to help build your knowledge of the subject. Surround yourself with people who have strengths that balance your weaknesses, and learn from them. Take risks and try new solutions to help you overcome obstacles. And above all else, never lose the fire that inspires you to create and innovate. Find your passion, find your drive, take control, and enjoy your journey to becoming the next technology titan!

Stewart Voit is Co-Founder and COO, On Second Thought and a 2009 graduate of Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee.

2015 HBCU All-Star Conference Photo

2015 HBCU All-Stars

HBCU All-Stars Share Their Personal Journey to Computer Science

Andronica Klaas

Johnson C. Smith University

Angelica Willis

North Carolina A&T University

Ajiah Graham

J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College

Sidney Smith

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff


If you’d like to support Computer Science Ed Week in your own community, consider highlighting a local school that offers computer science classes; hosting a CS tech jam; blogging about computer science; organizing an Hour of Code event in your community; or nominating a CS educator, student, parent, organization or community leader to be recognized as a Champion for Change.