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My Remarks for the Timmy Awards

Submitted by editor on Fri, 2017/09/29 - 9:09am

Over the summer I spent many Wednesday nights co-leading conversations on a Twitter edchat called #ethicalCS (and many hours of prep recruiting experts and developing discussion questions). This chat was inspired by work the #CS4AllNYC team was leading around the AP Computer Science Principles exam and conversations we were having with the tech industry. After a very successful weekly summer series, we decided to launch a monthly chat last night.

I missed last night’s launch because I had the honor and privilege of presenting the award for Best NYC Tech Startup at the 3rd Annual Timmy Awards hosted by Sloane Barbour of Motion Recruitment Partners. Fellow presenters included Jeff Merritt Director of Innovation for the City of New York, Chike Ukaegbu founder of Startup52, and Reza Chowdhury CEO and Founder of AlleyWatch. It was great to hear them talk about what makes the NYC tech scene unique and hand out awards for the best tech manager, best tech workplace for diversity, and best tech work culture, in a room filled with a diverse mix of people from the NYC tech community including black, Latinx, young, old, and LGBTQ folks.

Below, I’m including my written remarks. If you’d like to get involved in spreading #ethicalCS, please check out the hashtag on Twitter and join our monthly conversations, the next chat will be 8:00PM EST, October 25th. Check out to learn more about what CS Education looks like in NYC.


Good evening and thank you Sloane and the team organizing this event. I’m Kara Chesal and I’ve spent the past decade working at the intersection of technology and education. Today, I’m working towards the goal of providing all NYC public school students exposure to computer science.

Friday, September 29, 2017