On Monday, October 3, TXT: Teens Exploring Technology CEO Oscar Menjivar will be a featured speaker at South by South Lawn (SXSL), a White House festival of ideas, art, and action. He is participating in an afternoon session called “LA, a Case Study in Innovation.”
The session will discuss how Menjivar and other leaders in nonprofits and government have worked with tech and media companies to address the challenges facing Los Angeles. Since founding TXT--which helps inner-city youth develop leadership, coding and entrepreneurial skills using technology--Menjivar’s work has put him at the forefront of social innovation in Los Angeles and at the intersection of technology and education. He is a vocal critic of the school-to-prison pipeline and a strong advocate for making South LA the next tech hub in the nation.
President Obama will open SXSL by discussing climate change with actor Leonardo DiCaprio and climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. Other panel discussions throughout the day will explore topics, including Fixing Real Problems, Feeding the Future and How We Make Change.
Who: Oscar Menjivar, CEO of TXT: Teens Exploring Technology
What: South By South Lawn (SXSL) session: “LA, a Case Study in Innovation”
When: Monday, October 3
Where: South Lawn of the White House
The entire festival will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov and Facebook.com/WhiteHouse.
About South By South Lawn (SXSL)
Inspired by South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs from across the country are celebrating the spirit of innovation at SXSL, a White House festival of ideas, art, and action. SXSL will host panel discussions throughout the day that will explore how leaders in art, technology, food, innovation and social change are helping to move the country forward. At SXSL, we'll call on every American to roll up their sleeves and discover their own way to make a positive difference in our country. And it's an opportunity to celebrate the inspiring work so many Americans have already accomplished.
About TXT: Teens Exploring Technology
TXT: Teens Exploring Technology encourages young men of color to become catalysts of change in low-income communities. We use technology to promote positive youth development, build confidence, develop leadership skills, encourage entrepreneurship and ultimately, pave the way to higher education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). We are the premier technology organization developing teens from South Los Angeles, Watts, and Compton into a new generation of innovators and technology leaders.