Silicon Valley Young Coder's Club

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Interested in learning more about computer science, programming, and how to launch your own startup?

Join a brand new session of the Silicon Valley Young Coder’s Club: Startup Bootcamp at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library, beginning March 4, 2017.

About the Startup Bootcamp

Students ages 10–17 will become motivated about technology while developing computer science fundamentals and learning about how to launch their own startup. The bootcamp is divided into three modules:

  • Entrepreneurship 101: Students will learn the skills needed to turn their passion into a business opportunity. Students will create a business plan and learn how to pitch to Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists.
  • Product Development: During this sectionx instructors will teach students how to program, providing the mentorship needed to bring their business plan to life in the form of a finished prototype!
  • Silicon Valley Annual Tech Day: By the end of the course, students will have built successful business plans and product prototypes. They might have the opportunity to pitch at the Silicon Valley Coder’s Club Annual Tech Day. Local Venture Capitalists will judge these pitches for a chance to win funding to make turn these students' business into reality.

Students can bring a laptop from home, or the library will provide one for use during the class.

Club Meetings on Saturdays

The Young Coders Club will meet weekly, on Saturdays, starting March 4, through June 3, 2017 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library. Please call 1-408-294-1237 for more information. Check out our event listings for additional date and time information.

Instructor Profiles

Lochan Narvekar spent 10+ years as an Enterprise Software Architect at a Silicon Valley company before entering the field of Enterprise Data Management. He also loves to dabble in the field of data management in his spare time. He has worked at several Silicon Valley startups and launched one himself. Lochan is actively involved in "Project Navjivan", which is aimed at empowering children of migrant workers in India. He is also involved with the group "Volunteers – SouthBay" who prepare and deliver meals every weekend to people experiencing homelessness in the larger bay area.

Archana Kulkarni has worked as developer for the past 10 years. She likes to volunteer in school classrooms for art projects and science labs.

Madhan Rangaswamy is the CTO of a bay area startup, Tiquant, which specializes in Smart City and IOT solutions. In the past he has worked in companies like Apple, HP, and Symantec, managing teams building large scale web and mobile applications. He is also actively involved in advising many startups on their UX and Technical architecture strategies. 

Breakdown of Events

Module 1: Entrepreneurship 101

March 4
  • What is creativity? What sparked Facebook, Google, and others? What is my passion?
    March 11
    • Behavior traits for a successful entrepreneur
    March 18
    • Turning your passion into a business opportunity
    • Do what you love and create a new future. Can my passion create money? Is money needed? What is the business opportunity?
    March 25
    • Steps needed for your startup: 1,2,3 GO!
    • Learn the possibilities of what a startup can generate.
    • Make the world better, get acquired, initial public offering (IPO), etc.
    • How do you price your product? How do you plan your first and second year of operation?
    April 1
    • Financials of the business opportunity
    April 8
    • Presentation skills, successful pitches, and what ideas got funded
    • Showcasing the pitch template
    April 15
    • Filing your patent, patent gotchas, successes and failures
    • The day to hand your business plans for evaluation to the instructor
    • Instructor will pick the top 12 business plans from the class and invite the student to present to a panel of Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists and entrepreneurs.
    April 22
    • Tweaking business plans and getting it presentation-ready
    April 29
    • Twelve teams pitch to a panel of VCs / Silicon Valley entrepreneurs with one emerging as the top startup idea.

    Module 2 : Product Development. May 6 to June 3

    May 6
    • Overview of Android iOS development
    May 13
    • Designing your UI/Screens
    May 20
    • Implementing Application Activity 
    May 27
    • Implementing Application Functionality
    June 3
    • Connecting to API libraries, testing, finishing and uploading

    Module 3: Silicon Valley Annual Tech Day

    At this event students will have an opportunity to hear from Silicon Valley Industry Executives, Women in Technology Executives, Young Entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley, and Tech Policy Leaders/ Elected Officials of Silicon Valley.

    Every team will get to showcase their product as part of the demo time at the beginning of the day. At the Startup Pitch Fest grand finale, the top 3 teams (selected by their instructors) from every location of Young Coders Club will pitch in front of a panel of Venture Capitalist judges and compete for best prototype/project. The winning team will receive startup seed funding.


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