Can you believe we’re coming up on 1 year since we launched our first cohort? We can’t either. We started with just 15 students and we are closing the year with a whopping 66! To celebrate, we invite all students, staff, partners, employers, and the Indianapolis community to come and celebrate you for making Kenzie possible.
In an effort to thank you for your continued support and dedication, we are excited to announce our first Annual Snow Ball. So please dust off your Holiday best, by best we actually mean worst, and mark your calendars for December 13th from 6-9pm. We strongly encourage you to arrive in that ugly Christmas sweater hiding in the back of your closet or that penguin onesie you wear when nobody is home.
You will get to hear from two amazing speakers, enjoy food, cocktails, games, cast your vote for the “worst’ holiday outfit, take a moment to look back at how far we’ve come, and how much we’ve grown!
In Silicon Valley, there are intimate speaker sessions hosted by top startup accelerators like, Y-Combinator. They bring together speakers including tech leaders such as Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Ben Silberman of Pinterest, and Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk of Airbnb.
Kenzie Academy is proud to bring the spirit of the Y-Combinator Tuesday Night Dinners to Indy, with our Kenzie Innovation Series. Our monthly series feature a high-caliber group of technologists from both Silicon Valley and Indiana. This intimate event is an opportunity for the Indy tech community, or anyone interested in tech to listen to talks on a range of topics, from design, entrepreneurship, to venture capital and funding. Participants will also get the opportunity to network with the speakers and the Indy tech community. This is also an opportunity for technologists from Silicon Valley to travel to and discover the talent and opportunities Indiana has to offer. Come join us for this exclusive event.
We are brining in the brightest and most talented innovators from the Valley to Indianapolis for a very intimate series.
Founder and CEO of Travelocity,
Founding Chairman of Kayak.com
Terry Jones is the founder and former CEO of Travelocity, chairman of Kayak.com, CIO of Sabre Inc., and motivational speaker. A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Jones entered the travel industry in 1971 as a travel agent with Vega Travel in Chicago.
Dr. Bror Saxberg
Vice President, Learning Science
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
At Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Dr. Saxberg looks after how we apply learning science evidence and good evidence-gathering methods across the whole education ecosystem, to support improvements in learner success, especially for subgroups that have had the most challenges.
vp software engineering at pivotal
Developer Evangelist, Sentry
Former musical theatre actress and Hackbright Academy graduate, Chloe is now a Developer Evangelist at Sentry. Pre-Hackbright, she spent her nights and weekends performing in the Bay Area as a singer/actress and worked in tech by day in various non-engineering roles. Perhaps the only engineer you'll meet who has been in "Hairspray", "Xanadu", and "Jerry Springer: the Opera"- she is passionate about bringing people with non-traditional backgrounds into the world of tech. If you're trying to place her face, yes- she's the young woman giving the awkward thumbs up in the "What It's Like to be a Woman at a Tech Conference" article (which she also wrote). In February of 2018 she was named one of the "200+ Thought Leaders in Crypto and Blockchain" and still knows absolutely nothing about Crypto and Blockchain. Seriously- not a thing. She considers it her greatest accomplishment.
US Negotiator with North Korea
VP Richardson Center for Global Engagement
Michael "Mickey" Bergman works in Fringe Diplomacy, a discipline exploring the space just beyond the boundaries of States and Governments’ capacity and authority in international relations. He is Vice President at Governor Richardson Center for Global Engagement; and Founder and President of Solel Strategic Group. Mickey also teaches at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
At the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, Mickey manages private diplomacy efforts in N. Korea, Cuba, Myanmar, Middle East, Africa and efforts to negotiate release of political prisoners. Mickey has published numerous articles and opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy Online, and Huffington Post.