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Transform. your life. your world.

 

The Tech Playground transforms everyone into inspired technologists.

Get hands on with RESOURCES, BOOTCAMPS, WORKSHOPS & mentors THAT REDUCE THE BARRIERS TO ACHIEVING SUCCESS IN THE TECH ECONOMY. FUN HANDS ON EXPERIENCES WITH music, VIRTUAL REALITY, GAMES, AND CODE.

The Tech Playground experience, designed by award-winning engineer and Oakland native, Ayori Selassie, reflects the inclusive culture of the surrounding area of Oakland while also forging a bold path for locals to be inspired by the future tech being developed by in Oakland and our backyard, Silicon Valley. 

Tech Playground ensures no one gets left behind. With something for everyone in the family, we bring the experts and mentors who will inspire you and make tech relatable by sharing stories that connect, inspire, motivate and enable you to succeed in tech.
— Ayori Selassie, Chairman, Tech Playground in Oakland

The multi-faceted Tech Playground experience offers the choice to get hands on with emerging technologies such as;

  • Artificial intelligence, data science, code, and bootcamps offering tech skills and career growth opportunities
  • Life Model Design technology to improve everyday life planning & decision making
  • Think, Don't Squeeze exhibit which educates the community on applying design thinking principles to solving the problem of street violence, mass shootings, and how to end a holy war.
  • Hyper Local companies and vendors committed to providing growth opportunities to Oakland and other local natives
  • As well as opportunities to meet and network with genuine and authentic local and world leaders committed to living their life's purpose and multiplying prosperity in the world.
 

WHY

Transform Your Life
& Transform Your World.

 

WHEN

Saturday May 13th 
1p–6p

 

WHERE

Taste of Oakland Festival at Dunsmuir Hellman House

2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland, CA 94605

 

Speakers Who Know, Love & represent Oakland

Angelica Coleman - Reboot America

Angelica Coleman - Reboot America

Felix Flores Jr - Yes We Code

Felix Flores Jr - Yes We Code

Joy Dixon - Mosaic Presence

Joy Dixon - Mosaic Presence

Damon Packwood - Gameheads

Damon Packwood - Gameheads

Mariah Lichtenstern - DiverseCity Ventures 

Mariah Lichtenstern - DiverseCity Ventures 

Aaron Darby - Technology Consultant

Aaron Darby - Technology Consultant

Liberty Madison - Playground Media

Liberty Madison - Playground Media

Ayori Selassie - Selfpreneur & Salesforce

Ayori Selassie - Selfpreneur & Salesforce

More Speakers Being Confirmed Daily

 
 

Tech Playground in Taste of Oakland Fest...

Youth Aid and Oakland Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development present the first annual "Taste of Oakland Fest" fundraiser at the historic Dunsmuir House in Oakland. The event will include Live Entertainment, with special musical performance by Tony! Toni! Tone!, Food, Activities & More. An Event the whole family can enjoy in a beautiful setting for a great cause!!

Food, drinks (including beer, wine, and cocktails), will be available for purchase. Chairs will be available for a small fee. *No outside chairs, no outside food, no outside beverages are allowed at the festival

*All sales are final

 
 

Taste of Oakland Fest and Tech Playground is hosted @ The Dunsmuir House

Address: 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605

 
Special Thanks to #WOCinTECH for the amazing stock photography.
— Ayori Selassie, Chairman of Tech Playground

INVITATION for participation

The opportunities to support Tech Playground are growing each day and we invite you to be a part of making this experience amazing in the following ways: deliver a talk as a speaker, host a booth or session as a partner, sponsor this event or volunteer your time.

relatable & Inspiring stories

The talks featured at Tech Playground tell stories that open the eyes and smiles of attendees of all ages. Stories that inspire, actionable advice that removed barriers to success, and relatable experiences that are authentic, memorable, moving and inspire attendees to take the next step to transform their life and their world with technology.

Dream Supporters

The organizations that back this event are the pillars of our Oakland community. They are committed to shining light into even the darkest corners, unafraid to look members of the community in the eye, reach out their hand and offer support in kindness. We welcome you to sponsor this transformative experience and help us make dreams come true.

Community Champions

Nothing is possible without the dedicated and powerful backing of our community. Your valuable time, input, energy, smiles and heart is what makes our community amazing. Invite a friend along to volunteer along side you and be a part of something that transforms lives for the better through technology, fun, connection, learning and play.