Chicago Innovators: 16-Year-Old Tech Activist Wants To Level The Playing Field For People Of Color

“What’s important to me is to bring and onboard other Black and brown kids or other kids who are underrepresented in this space,” said Ian Michael Brock.

Chicago Innovators: Ian Michael Brock
Ian Michael Brock, co-founder of Dream Hustle Code. Sterling L. Gilmore / Courtesy of Dream Hustle Code
Chicago Innovators: Ian Michael Brock
Ian Michael Brock, co-founder of Dream Hustle Code. Sterling L. Gilmore / Courtesy of Dream Hustle Code

Chicago Innovators: 16-Year-Old Tech Activist Wants To Level The Playing Field For People Of Color

“What’s important to me is to bring and onboard other Black and brown kids or other kids who are underrepresented in this space,” said Ian Michael Brock.

When Ian Michael Brock was 8, his parents showed him a video about how coding isn’t taught in most classrooms. And one person in particular caught his attention: NBA player Chris Bosh. That interview started his tech journey and sparked the beginnings of Dream Hustle Code, a nonprofit he runs with his parents to connect kids of color with coding opportunities and personal development classes.

Reset talks to the Chicago teen about how he’s trying to level the playing field in the tech industry and what keeps him motivated.

GUEST: Ian Michael Brock, co-founder of Dream Hustle Code

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Students at Dream Hustle Code’s 2019 Hour of Code event during Computer Science Education Week. Courtesy of Dream Hustle Code