2015 Press Release







For Immediate Release



For First Time 200 Latino and Latina Programmers – Students, Professionals and Entrepreneurs – to Attend Free, One-Day Workshops, Networking and Cultural Pride


SAN JOSE, CA – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) will host the groundbreaking LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Latin@ Coder Summit (LLCS) for more than 200 Latino developers (with 40 percent registered Latinas) – students, entrepreneurs and professionals. The LLCS will be held on Saturday, May 2, at Stanford University in partnership with Es Tiempo and others.  The LLCS is a free, one-day event featuring back-to-back workshops, discussions, and opportunities to expand networks (see below for the agenda).  The LLCS is taking place during the 6th Annual Silicon Valley Latino Leadership (SVLL) Summit hosted by Es Tiempo which partners with HHF each year to host a youth-based, Silicon Valley initiative. Last year, HHF and Es Tiempo hosted a LOFT Coding Jam at a local high school for Latino students.  For an agenda and to register for LLCS https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latin-coder-summit-tickets-16104218150.


“EsTiempo and HHF are coming together once again during the 6th Annual SVLLS to ensure Silicon Valley feels a strong and united Latino presence,” said Frank Carbajal, Founder of the SVLL and Es Tiempo.  “I applaud HHF and Antonio Tijerino for the vision and motivation to bring together over 200 programmers during the SVLL for the LOFT Latin@ Coder Summit at Stanford to demonstrate the tremendous talent our community brings to the table in Silicon Valley and the tech industry. EsTiempo ‘It’s Time’ to showcase that talent.”


“The thought that the tech industry can’t find Latino programmers leads to the notion that there aren’t any Latino programmers and the next thought will be that Latinos aren’t capable, which is absolutely not true,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.  “Seeing a Latino programmer shouldn’t be akin to seeing a unicorn … We want to continue to shatter stereotypes and redefine the landscape of computer technology in Silicon Valley and across America while building a stronger community of innovators to move forward with greater unity, purpose and vision.  I appreciate the partnership – it will take a collective effort to make an impact on the tech industry and I agree with Frank that ‘es tiempo.’”


After the LLCS will be the LOFT Awards hosted at Google headquarters as HHF recognizes the contributions of leaders within their network of tens of thousands of 15-35 year-old over-achieving, vetted leaders.


The Summit is part of HHF’s new LOFT Code as a Second Language (CSL) initiative which will also feature HHF mobilizing their developer network to introduce computer programming to students across the country.  Grade, middle and high school students in more than 10 markets and 50 schools are being taught how to code this year through an eight-session course, which includes certifications and also engages private sector volunteers. Although there are over 2 million vacant jobs in the STEM fields, 90 percent of schools don’t teach coding.  HHF is filling that gap.  A pilot of CSL focused on teaching immigrants at the Mexican Consulates is being developed to help immigrants provide America with a value proposition in the workforce. The CSL concept is that in order to thrive in America’s workforce, Latinos need to be tri-lingual and learn a third language in addition to English and Spanish – Code. To learn more about CSL, become a sponsor or to request CSL come to a school or community, visit www.loftcsl.org.


HHF’s award-winning LOFT leadership and workforce development program is divided into 10 priorities or Tracks including Innovation & Technology, Engineering, Science, Healthcare, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service, Media & Entertainment, and Latinas.  Tens of thousands of students and young professionals (ages 15-35) in the LOFT Network are connected to each other, mentors and resources; attend over 75 trainings, workshops, and informal Charlas hosted across the country and online; creative initiatives are developed and executed; and hundreds are placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. LOFT has been recognized by The White House, Congress, the government of Mexico, Fortune 500 companies, and other nonprofits.  Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of the LOFT program.


About Es Tiempo and SVLLS

The Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit (SVLLS) is an annual event aimed at inspiring, educating, and fostering connections through an interactive experience with participants and speakers. SVLLS brings together hundreds of diverse business, community and government leaders, entrepreneurs, social media innovators, college students and even high school students participating in the California Ivy League Project, Young Latina Project and Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) program.


About HHF

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, which was originally established by the White House in 1988, inspires, prepares, positions and connects Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.  HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org.)




Contact:  Alberto Avalos, Alberto@LOFTinstitute.org, 323.397.9862

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