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The Hidden Genius Project (THGP) is an Oakland, CA based non-profit that trains black male youth in entrepreneurial thinking and technology creation to solve the problems of tomorrow. THGP is focused on unlocking career paths in (but not exclusive to): Software Engineering, User Experience Design and Technology Entrepreneurship.

The Hidden Genius Project seeks to be the leading incubator of high-performing black-male entrepreneurs and technologists. These leaders are committed to cultivating future generations of aspiring and underserved youth software technologists. THGP cultivates a cohesive community of tech innovators who actuate positive and transformational change within their communities.

project details

Two Touch Points

The Hidden Genius Project interacts with our participant groups in various ways. The In-Depth Program is our hallmark program targeting black male youth entering the 9th, 10th or 11th grades with varying levels of academic achievement, but with a strong drive and desire to succeed. Requiring a rigorous application and selection process, to achieve and build a community of autodidactic technologists.

THGP is currently building out a new concept of Breadth Programs to provide fun and engaging activities for black male youth in middle and high school to explore technology in a safe and supportive environments. These programs will take on many different forms, but the overarching goal is to expose our young men to technology and make technology career paths accessible.

the innovation team

Kurt Collins

Co-Founder and CEO, Enole

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

10+ years exp. in software development and technology entrepreneurship

Isaak Hayes

Sr. Interaction Designer,

Western Washington University

7+ years exp. in user experience design

Rassamee Hayes

Primary Teacher, Vincent Academy

MA Curriculum and Instruction - Seattle University

8+ years exp. in classroom teaching

Michael McDaniels

Application Development Engineer, KLA-Tencor

Stanford University

2+ years exp. in product development

Tracy Moore

Former Founding Executive Director, Leadership Scholars

Harvard College

6+ years exp. in informal education and youth leadership development

Jeff Nelson

Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Palantir

Washington University in St. Louis

2+ years exp. in software development

Kilimanjaro Robbs

Product and Marketing Strategist

Duke MBA and Northeastern Eng. Alumnus

10+ years exp. in software development and product strategy

Errol Saunders

Teacher, Hopkins School

Assistant Director, Breakthrough New Haven

Yale University

6+ years exp. in curriculum design and classroom instruction

Jason Young

Founder and CEO, Mindblown Labs

Harvard College

5+ years exp. in technology entrepreneurship and product management

Kalimah Priforce

Co-founder and CEO, Qeyno Labs

University of Oxford and City University of New York Alumnus

10+ years exp. in youth development, education and technology entrepreneurship


The Hidden Genius Project is grateful for the invaluable support of our current sponsors and individuals at the following organizations whom are committed to our mission and success.

Interested in supporting our mission. Please get in touch.

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