Initiatives

Pathfinders Summer Institute

Infosys Foundation USA will host the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018, an intensive week of professional development in Computer Science (CS) and Making at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) from July 15-20, 2018.

Over 800 US K-12 grade level teachers will convene at #InfyPathfinders for high-quality, hands-on training. All tuition, travel, room and board for teacher participants will be paid. Funds from Infosys Foundation USA will be matched by school districts and individual donations through education crowdfunding leader DonorsChoose.org to make it possible for teachers to attend Pathfinders Summer Institute at no cost.

Teachers and schools can register their interest at: infy.com/Pathfinders.

Applications are being accepted now through April 2, 2018.

NOTE ABOUT PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE:
We recommend not waiting until the April 2nd deadline. Several professional development programs are reviewing and accepting teacher applications on a rolling basis. The sooner you apply, the better your odds of being accepted into your program of choice.

Coding, Hackathons & Making

Since 2015, we’ve encouraged students in under-represented communities to explore, create, collaborate, invent, code, and make. We support bootcamps, hackathons and making workshops for students to gain computer science (CS) and making skills and partners: American Indian Science and Engineering Society, CodeNow, Computer Technologies Program, Digital Nest, Girl Develop It, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Level Playing Field Institute, Tech Kids Unlimited, Texas Girls Collaborative Project, and Yes We Code.

CrossRoads

This signature event brings thought leaders together to explore ideas on increasing access to high quality education in computer science, coding and making, with a particular focus on equity and inclusion. Attendees share the same goals: how to best use effective education as a driver for greater diversity, faster economic growth and better preparation for 21st century careers. #InfyXRoads.

Nominations are open for CrossRoads 2018, May 21-24, 2018 in Scotts Valley, CA.

CrossRoads 2017 summary and video playlist

Blogs from Randy Lynn and Kirsten Sundell

CrossRoads 2016 videos and speakers

CrossRoads 2015

#InfyXRoads

#InfyXRoads

Bi-weekly tweet chats where guest hosts engage the Twitterverse and invite dialogue, share insights, and answer questions on a given topic. Every second Monday of the month we’ll discuss a CS Ed-related topic, every fourth Monday of the month Maker Ed initiative-related.

Schedule for 2018:

  • January 8 & 22
  • February 11 & 26
  • March 12 & 26
  • April 9 & 23

Archived chats can be found here.

Follow the chats at #InfyXRoads.

Infy Maker Awards

If our future is invented by those who can make, how might we help individuals acquire the foundational skill of Making? Key skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity are experiential in nature and can be developed over the course of projects and making.

Through the Infy Maker Awards program, we support today’s makers at schools and in communities, encouraging them to become our next generation of inventors. This #InfyMakers awards program, launched in June 2015 to celebrate the White House’s “National Week of Making”, recognizes the Maker Movement and inventors.

#WhyIMake

We launched the #WhyIMake video campaign to create a platform for makers to tell their own stories, serving both as role models and inspiration for others. Short videos showcase stories from prominent makers and invite others to share their own #WhyIMake stories on various social channels.

Our newest #WhyIMake video features NASA astronaut Don Pettit discussing what it’s like to be a maker in space. Previous episodes feature master maker Adam Savage, co-host and executive producer of MythBusters, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and his family, as well as actor, author and woodworker Nick Offerman.

To watch these videos or share your own stories, visit www.WhyIMake.org