CS50X Rhode Island
Sep 1

CS50X Rhode Island

  • University of Rhode Island, Providence Campus

LaunchCode and University of Rhode Island are partnering to bring CS50x to Rhode Island! Thanks to the support of Real Jobs Rhode Island, we are proud to offer CS50x Rhode Island free to all participants.

If you are unsure if you are good fit for the class, please review the information provided in the FAQs at https://www.launchcode.org/cs50x. For any other questions, please email us at cs50xri@launchcode.org.



Register here for our next class

Applications are now open! Students are accepted on a rolling basis. We have a limited number of seats, so apply now!


CS50x Rhode Island is a live version of Harvard’s Introduction to Computer Science class that leverages the local expertise of URI to provide a unique and supportive classroom experience. This class provides students with a foundation in computer programming that puts them on a path to launch a career in technology. Thanks to the support of Real Jobs Rhode Island, this class is free for all participants. This is CS50x Rhode Island!


  • When: May 9 thru September 1 | Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30pm - 8:30pm

  • Where: University of Rhode Island, Providence Campus (80 Washington street, Providence 02903)


2:30 pm14:30

2016 ASU GSV Summit

  • San Diego, California

Human Capitalism: Re-Wiring the U.S. Labor Market to Reboot the American Dream

Seven years after the global financial crisis, the U.S. economy is riddled with paradoxes. Job openings are at record highs, while workforce participation is at 4-decade lows. Fear of rampant automation co-exists with low corporate investment. Many traditional economic indicators are strong, but employers fret they can’t find skills, many workers feel stuck, and the public mood is sour. How can we reboot?

Byron Auguste, Co-Founder, Opportunity@Work, Former Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council


10:00 am10:00

2016 ASU GSV Summit

  • San Diego, California

Brainstorm: How Different Forms Of Capital Impact Return On Education

John Denniston, Co Founder and Water Lead, GSV Sustainability Partners

Amy Klement, Partner, Omidyar Network
Karan Chopra, Co-Founder and Partner at Opportunity@Work
Rob Solomon, CEO, GoFundMe

Education and Talent is a $5T global sector with diverse funding streams including government, private equity, and philanthropy.  This panel will discuss how philanthropic and commercial investment can combine to optimize results and where they come into conflict.


12:00 pm12:00

Launch Your Career Day (Rhode Island)

  • Sprout RI - Rising Sun Mills

Launch Your Career in Technology with LaunchCode!

We pair aspiring developers with education and employment opportunities. 
LaunchCode is lifting-off in Rhode Island and we want you along for the ride!

Saturday, April 9th, 12-5 pm

Sprout RI  - located in Building 6M of the Rising Sun Mills
166 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02909

Have the skills?

Come talk to our company placement team. Bring your laptop, bring a programming project, and let's talk jobs. 

 Want the skills?
Come discover our FREE word-class education opportunities, sponsored by Harvard and the URI Downtown Providence Campus. To learn more visit  LaunchCode RI . 

If you want a career in tech, we want you!

9:05 am09:05

Wharton People Analytics Conference

  • Philadelphia, PA

Keynote Speaker
Byron Auguste, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Opportunity@Work;
Former Deputy Director, White House National Economic Council
Interviewer - Geoffrey Garrett, Dean, Wharton

The first-ever People Analytics Expo showcases some of the latest, cutting-edge work in people analytics by researchers, students, and startups. Structured as a prelude to the official kickoff of the People Analytics Conference on Thursday afternoon, Expo attendees will see:

  • Talks from the six finalists from the Research Paper Competition, selected as representing the best yet-unpublished academic work currently in the field
  • Presentations by the six finalist teams in the student Case Competition, using data to tackle real-world problems faced by this year’s sponsor, Doctors Without Borders
  • Demo booths featuring startups and vendors driving innovation in people analytics

On Friday, the top research paper author and the winning student case team will present as part of the full PAC agenda, and startups will share a rotating booth.

Check out additional details regarding the Research Paper CompetitionCase Competition and Startups

Global Philanthropy Forum Conference 2016: People on the Move
9:00 am09:00

Global Philanthropy Forum Conference 2016: People on the Move

  • Redwood City, California

The Jobs Challenge

People in fast growing economies are experiencing social and economic mobility for the first time, joining the middle class. Producers and makers are finding new markets for their commodities or wares, entrepreneurs are better able to access capital and customers, and job seekers are better able to connect with potential employers. Networks and knowledge are not only enabling economic growth and opportunity, but they are changing the very nature of work. Yet the "jobs challenge" remains so long as there is a short supply of the skills required for the jobs that await. What models exist for closing the skills gap? Moreover, how might employers better signal the skills they seek, and job seekers convey the skills they've attained, sometimes in non-traditional ways? How might each leverage networks to connect to one another?

Sandra Aguebor, Founder, Lady Mechanic Initiative
Karan Chopra, Co-founder and Partner, Opportunity@Work
Joshua Oigara, CEO, KCB Group
Shai Reshef, President, University of the People
MODERATOR Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation


12:01 am00:01

1 Year Anniversary of TechHire

Today marks the one year anniversary of TechHire. Hundreds of new employers, training providers, and other community organizations have been added since the launch last year. If you want to learn more about TechHire or get involved, please visit TechHire.org to access additional tools and resources.

What's the Future of Work O'Reilly Summit
1:55 pm13:55

What's the Future of Work O'Reilly Summit

  • San Francisco, CA

Rewiring the US labor market

Byron Auguste, Managing Director, Opportunity@Work

Tens of thousands of high quality jobs go begging because qualified employees can’t find them. Opportunity@Work’s Techhire initiative is one example of how enabling better matching of skills and demand can create a more efficient job market. Byron Auguste, former White House deputy assistant to the President for economic policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, will tell us how TechHire works, and why more companies should get involved.


Next:Economy is about rethinking:

  • Networks and the nature of the firm
  • Human labor and the future of the job
  • How technology will create jobs by solving new kinds of problems
  • The underlying technologies and practices that make such changes possible
  • On-demand networks and marketplaces
  • AI, robotics, networks, data, and other technologies that can augment workers as well as replace them
  • 21st century education, management, and public policy.

This two-day, high-value forum is where the geeks meet the suits, and where incumbents and upstarts come together to talk about what's happening and, more important, what's going to happen. By handpicking the topics and presenters, we've crafted an intense, lively program that not only explores the future of business but begins to shape it. Attendees will hear from, and connect with, leaders who are both instigating fundamental changes and transforming work, business, and society, as well as others who have felt the impact of these changes.

Our speakers include Silicon Valley visionaries and high-tech CEOs, as well as leaders from a broad spectrum of businesses, including industries that are being transformed by technological progress. We'll also hear from the top academics and other thought leaders who study these issues. And we'll highlight sharp new talent—people you might not have heard who are doing amazing things.

Questions we'll explore include:

  • What technologies are available to existing businesses that will let them deliver experiences that equal or exceed those of new economy companies. For example, what would it take for Fedex or UPS to become "the Uber of package delivery?"
  • How can augmented reality be used to "upskill" workers and consumers, creating enormous new sources of productivity?
  • How can software agents and applied machine learning transform business workflows, not just consumer experiences?
  • How can applied machine learning help companies use market mechanisms rather than command and control to match worker schedules with demand?
  • What tools and practices make it possible to manage a truly distributed, on-demand workforce?
  • What kinds of industries and what kinds of new opportunities can best take advantage of the 21st century approach to work?

Who will be there

Attendees will consist of senior executives, VCs, policymakers, and entrepreneurs. See the current attendee list here.

Why you should attend

If you're a leader in today's business world you'll want to join us for Next:Economy for one simple reason: to meet and share ideas with people like yourself who are wrestling with the fundamental changes that technology is bringing to business. It's no longer just media that's being transformed by "the Internet." Every business must change, or perish.

You'll hear not only from key executives of companies driving the transformation, and from economists and other academics who are studying it, but also from people on the front lines of the revolution: a new class of workers taking on new jobs in new kinds of businesses; kids who've grown up without the assumptions business leaders share; and inventors who are changing the world with their products and services.

Invited speakers include not just familiar faces from Silicon Valley (though they will be there) but also leaders from mainstream companies in diverse industries who know that every business is now a tech business and realize the urgency of understanding and shaping the future. Next:Economy collects the leading players and thinkers in the web space in one room; it will be the place where important deals and decisions are made, with a huge ripple effect on the industry over time.

Rhode Island Foundation Community Conversations 2015
4:30 pm16:30

Rhode Island Foundation Community Conversations 2015

  • Park Theatre


Community Conversations is a series of discussions around topics that are important for Rhode Island, brought to you by the Civic Leadership Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation and with the support of many partners. Keynoters of local and national renown offer new insights, provoke thoughtful reflection, and spark dialogue. People from across our community dissect critical issues and explore new opportunities for Rhode Island. 

Community Conversations 2015 will focus largely on our strategic priorities of education, health, economic security, and philanthropy. Our criteria: subjects of particular relevance to Rhode Island today, and contributors who offer a unique, hands-on perspective. 

Economic Security
Karan Chopra, Opportunity at Work
Andrew Cortes, Building Futures
Carmen Diaz-Jusino, Center for Women and Enterprise
Wendy Mackie, Industry Networks cohort

RSVP here:

10:45 am10:45


  • New York City

Innovators at Work: Harnessing Disruption for Growth

Emerging educational platforms and technologies are transforming how we learn, reaching unprecedented numbers of students through nontraditional models. Differing approaches to innovation converge in this plenary to promote evolution in higher education, while also teasing out what works, and what doesn’t.

Moderator: Christine Romans, Correspondent, CN
Anant Agarwal, CEO, ed
Adam Enbar, President, Flatiron Schoo
Tyra Mariani, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Opportunity@Wor
Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
- Marissa Shorenstein, President, AT&T New York


Building Tomorrow's Workforce Presented by AtlanticLive
9:40 am09:40

Building Tomorrow's Workforce Presented by AtlanticLive

  • Charlie Palmer Steak DC

The American worker today must navigate a staggering set of new challenges. The Atlantic will convene experts to discuss the contemporary work landscape and strategies to create workers who can better surf today's economic churn, driven by overseas competition and job automation.

Jobs heading off-shore. Robots replacing humans. The very nature of work is evolving with new stress points and opportunities changing the employment terrain domestically and globally. Firms and incumbent employees need a better tool kit in order to perform as nimbly as today's economy requires.

In a digital world, the creation of unprecedented tiers of employment and opportunities demands a more nimble, adaptable workforce. Today's skills-to-jobs needs are vastly more diverse and constantly changing than their predecessors. Fortunately, there is a massive public R&D effort underway. The White House and corporate America -- not to mention academics and small employers -- are proposing innovative training ideas, particularly in the middle skills arena, including a fresh emphasis on apprenticeships. What are these trial efforts demonstrating? Which workers, and industries, are seeing the most progress? Is the so-called skills gap narrowing? And are American workers better positioned to compete against challenges overseas and from automation?

Upskilling America: The Gateway to the Future

  • Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Tyra Mariani, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Opportunity@Work
  • Charissa Raynor, Executive Director, Healthcare NW Training Partnership, Service Employees International Union
  • Moderator: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

Live webcast to: http://www.theatlantic.com/live/events/building-tomorrows-workforce/2015/

Register here: http://www.theatlantic.com/live/events/building-tomorrows-workforce/2015/

Workshop on IT, Automation, and the U.S. Workforce
12:50 pm12:50

Workshop on IT, Automation, and the U.S. Workforce

  • NAS Building

New Modalities of Work

Stephen R. Barley, Richard W. Weiland Professor of Management,
Stanford University, Moderator
Byron Auguste, Managing Director, Opportunity@Work
Sara Horowitz, Founder and Executive Director, Freelancer’s Union
Stephane Kasriel, CEO, Upwork
Tess Posner, Managing Director, Samaschool

If you're interested in attending this event, please register here.

World Affairs 2015
4:15 pm16:15

World Affairs 2015

  • The St. Regis San Francisco

Issues On My Mind | Inequality: Technology, Jobs and a Shrinking Middle Class

Upward mobility and the resulting growth of the middle class have long been the promise of the American dream, inspiring many to come to our shores. But technology-driven globalization, while creating great wealth and lifting many from poverty, has also left many behind. High growth economies like China, India and Nigeria are experiencing disparities that have implications for stability. And, in the US, inequality in income is the highest it has been since 1928. How can technology innovation be matched by social innovation? What will be the future of work in high and low growth economies? And how can the current and future workforce prepare for the jobs that await? These are the questions that are on the minds of some of our country’s leading technologists, including LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman. The World Affairs Council invited Reid and fellow innovators to explore these questions and report out to those gathered at WorldAffairs2015.

Reid Hoffman
Partner, Greylock Partners; Co-Founder and Chairman, LinkedIn

James M. Manyika
Senior Partner and Director, McKinsey & Company; Director, McKinsey Global Institute

Jane Wales
Vice President, Aspen Institute, and CEO of World Affairs Council

Zoë Baird
President, Markle Foundation

Byron Auguste
Co-Founder & Managing Director of Opportunity @Work

For more information or to register, click here: http://www.worldaffairs.org/2015/agenda#.ViUXS36rTIU

The Close It Summit
1:00 pm13:00

The Close It Summit

  • The Capital Hilton

The TechHire Initiative: What, Why & How

In March 2015 the White House announced the national TechHire initiative to empower Americans with skills for jobs in IT. This panel will address the what, why and how of the TechHire initiative. This session is brought to you by AT&T.

Panel 1 – 1:00PM


  • Laura Lai, Sr. Program Manager, Philanthropy, AT&T, moderator
  • WHAT: Ryan Burke, Senior Policy Advisor, National Economic Council, The White House
  • WHY: Catherine Foca, Senior Director, Community Affairs, Capital One
  • HOW: Zhalisa Clarke, Director, Business Development, Udacity
  • HOW: Liz Simon, VP Legal & External Affairs, General Assembly

Panel 2 – 1:30PM


  • Byron Auguste, Co-Founder, Opportunity@Work, moderator
  • WHY: Mayor Richard J. Berry, City of Albuquerque
  • WHY: Ben Hart, Managing Director, Business Services, Office of the Governor, Utah
  • WHAT: Nicole Isaac, Head of Economic Graph Policy Partnerships, LinkedIn
  • WHAT: Ned McCulloch, Global Issue Manager, Skill Development & Education, IBM
  • HOW: Blake Hunsaker, Vice President, Government, Pluralsight

Audience Q&A with all speakers – 2:00PM

REGISTER HERE: http://closeit.org/

American Enterprise Institute
11:40 am11:40

American Enterprise Institute

  • AEI

Making the labor market work for all Americans: Innovations from the front lines

Private organizations are doing important and innovative work to connect Americans with jobs and to make the labor market work for all Americans. The American Enterprise Institute is pleased to host a discussion with the principals of four such pioneering organizations—Year Up, Opportunity@Work, Hire Ground, and Rural Sourcing—who will discuss how their efforts connect workers with good jobs, how changes in the US economy affect the world of work, how their organizations are addressing these new challenges, and how their work increases American competitiveness. The panel will also discuss lessons these efforts may hold for public policy.

Join the conversation on social media with @AEI on Twitter and Facebook.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


11:40 AM
Registration and lunch

12:00 PM
Michael R. Strain, AEI

12:05 PM
Panel discussion

Byron Auguste, Opportunity@Work
Gerald Chertavian, Year Up
LaToya Egwuekwe-Smith, Hire Ground
Monty Hamilton, Rural Sourcing

Stan Veuger, AEI

1:30 PM

RSVP HERE: https://www.aei.org/events/making-the-labor-market-work-for-all-americans-innovations-from-the-front-lines/