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Celebrating the 2024 GitHub All In for Students graduates

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Celebrating the 2024 GitHub All In for Students graduates

Introduction- Sarah Oyetubo (00:00:00)

  • GitHub's All-In for Students program has grown from 30 students in 2021 to 858 learners in 2024.
  • The program has expanded to include hackathons with Major League Hacking and online learning resources on GitHub's YouTube channel.
  • Graduates have shown a commitment to learning, collaboration, and innovation.

Welcome Remarks - Paris Griffin (00:02:49)

  • The All-In for Students graduation ceremony celebrates the graduates and provides an overview of the program.

Program Timeline and Overview - Paris Griffin (00:03:07)

  • The program timeline includes:
    • Applications opening in October with over 170 participants from 70+ schools.
    • Hackathons in October, November, and December with over 344, 500, and 600 registrants respectively.
    • Career Readiness workshops and mock interviews.
  • The program had 173 participants from across the US and 73 schools, with 31 total graduates.
  • The ambassador pilot program was introduced to provide students with leadership opportunities and to help grow the All-In community.
  • Ambassadors led workshops, organized events, and mentored other students.
  • The program was successful and will be expanded in the future.
  • All-In students participated in three hackathons throughout the program.
  • The hackathons provided students with opportunities to apply their skills, collaborate with others, and build innovative projects.
  • Students built projects on a variety of topics, including social justice, healthcare, and education.
  • The program offered a variety of career readiness workshops and events to help students prepare for their careers.
  • Workshops covered topics such as resume writing, interviewing, and networking.
  • Students also had the opportunity to connect with Fidelity Investments for internship opportunities and to participate in mock interviews with GitHub employees.
  • All-In students attended GitHub Universe, GitHub's annual conference, in December.
  • Students had the opportunity to network with GitHub employees and other attendees, learn about the latest GitHub features, and attend workshops and talks.
  • Paris Griffin thanked the graduates for their hard work and dedication, and encouraged them to continue to learn and grow.
  • She also thanked the program partners and sponsors for their support.

Ambassador Pilot Program Overview - Paris Griffin (00:04:45)

  • Launched the inaugural All-In for Students Ambassador Pilot Program to provide peer mentorship and support to students.
  • Selected four students from the inaugural cohort to serve as mentors and paired them with smaller cohorts of students.
  • Mentors provided weekly support, answering questions about course material and open-source related topics.
  • Ambassadors: Jerry Ortega, Kayla Parti, Kir Warner, and Bernard Zandonda.

Participant Feedback - Bernard Zandonda (00:05:40)

  • Bernard Zandonda, an ambassador and graduate of the OEN Pioneer Program in 2021, shared his experience.
  • OEN program gave him the confidence and platform to apply his skills in the real world, leading to his current role as a software engineer at UBS Bank.
  • Being an ambassador helped him grow by balancing his full-time job with mentoring students, improving his organization and time management skills.
  • Inspired by the drive and enthusiasm of the students in the program.
  • Advice to graduates: stay curious, maintain the connections developed in the program, and remember that networking is crucial for career success.

Partner Spotlight - Paris Griffin (00:08:00)

  • GitHub remains committed to developing the next generation of Open Source leaders through the All-in Pursuit program.
  • Fidelity Investments has been a continuous participant in the program, hosting hackathons, serving on career panels, and providing internship opportunities.
  • MLH (Major League Hacking) provided infrastructure and resources for coding and career preparation workshops.
  • Cisco provided funding to present students with resources and opportunities, allowing the program to expand its offerings.
  • One Refugee, a new partner, supports college students with refugee backgrounds in Utah and Idaho, expanding the program's reach to those seeking accessibility and resources in the open-source community.

Participant Feedback - Ashley Hendrata (00:10:17)

  • Ashley Hendrata, a graduating student and aspiring software engineer, shares her experience in the program.
  • The All-in Open Source program helped her stay accountable and consistent with hackathons and modules spread across several months.
  • Attending an interactive workshop about interviews helped her gain confidence and ultimately receive an offer from Fidelity Investments, a GitHub open-source partner.
  • Ashley emphasizes that the program is what you make of it, and investing time in learning about open source and embracing workshops can be an empowering experience.

Fireside Chat - Joshua Ndon (Fidelity Investments), Melissa Thomas (GitHub), Raymond Burton (One Refugee) (00:11:55)

  • GitHub's All In for Students program celebrated its 2024 graduates with a panel discussion featuring representatives from GitHub, One Refugee, and Fidelity Investments.
  • Melissa Thomas from GitHub, Raymond Burton from One Refugee, and Joshua Enden from Fidelity Investments shared advice on lifelong learning, passion, mentorship, humility, courage, and perseverance.
  • Students emphasized the importance of focus, curiosity, and learning from every experience, while employers value perseverance, skills, experiences, and networking.
  • Creative solutions are needed to address barriers faced by students from refugee and immigrant backgrounds, such as being primary breadwinners, having English as a second language, and balancing school, work, and family responsibilities.
  • The GitHub All In for Students program, in partnership with Fidelity, provides creative solutions to help students gain the experiences they need to move forward and be successful.
  • Students were encouraged to set high goals, create habits that support their goals, and remember that they can achieve anything they set their minds to.
  • The program focuses on personal growth, self-belief, confidence, and joy for the students.
  • The panelists and moderators provided valuable insights and encouragement to the students, helping them gain the confidence they need to succeed in open source and the technology industry.

Participant Feedback - Danyal Ejaz (00:31:23)

  • Danyal Ejaz is a student at the University of the People pursuing a degree in Computer Science, expecting to graduate in 2025.
  • He describes his journey in the All-In program as enriching, with each step being a learning adventure.
  • He particularly enjoyed contributing to open-source projects and participating in hackathons, which not only enhanced his technical skills but also fostered collaboration and innovation within the community.
  • He found the All-In community on Slack to be amazing, with program managers being helpful and responsive to queries.
  • He also participated in development sessions, which provided valuable insights and practical knowledge that contributed to his growth as a student and aspiring developer.

Graduation Walk (00:32:55)

  • The graduation walk is presented, celebrating the achievements of the graduates who have completed the All-In program.

Award Presentation - Various (00:33:32)

  • The presentation of awards recognizes students who have gone above and beyond during the 2024 All-In for Students cohorts.
  • Open Source Pioneer Award: Casey Charleston is recognized for leading or contributing to building an open-source community by leveraging skills from All-In.
  • Most Inquisitive Learner Award: So Balon is recognized for being unafraid to ask questions, share progress, and seek help.
  • Participant Who Strives for Success Award: So Mo is recognized for their dedication, commitment to learning, and resilience in overcoming obstacles to reach the finish line.
  • All-In Award: Ashley Hrada is recognized for demonstrating a commitment to taking advantage of all available resources and strategically applying them to show they are "All-In" for All-In.

Farewell Remarks - Gerard McMahon (Fidelity Investments) (00:35:34)

  • The GitHub All In for Students program has concluded, and the award winners are recognized for their participation.
  • Fidelity Investments' Jer McMahan congratulates the graduates and stresses the significance of making STEM careers more accessible.
  • McMahan emphasizes the value of diversity and uniqueness in the workplace, encouraging students to contribute their skills, personalities, and ideas to their future organizations.
  • He recommends learning through hands-on experiences and watching videos, as these methods have higher retention rates compared to reading alone.
  • The GitHub All In for Students program offers students free access to GitHub's platform, tools, and capabilities, promoting learning by doing and experimentation.
  • The program features an alumni network that connects students with previous participants for mentorship and guidance.
  • Graduates are encouraged to contribute to the program by sharing their experiences and inspiring future students.
  • Companies like Fidelity seek self-motivated, independent, and collaborative individuals with a strong portfolio of real-world projects.
  • Internship opportunities are available, and students are advised to start searching early due to rolling admissions at many companies.
  • The speaker congratulates the 2024 GitHub All In for Students graduates and welcomes them to the professional world.
  • Graduates are encouraged to explore graduate programs, including Fidelity's LEAP program, which opens in August for 2025.
  • The speaker emphasizes the importance of gaining experience through internships or graduate programs before seeking full-time employment.
  • Gratitude is expressed to the GitHub All In team, and the program's success is acknowledged.
  • The speaker hopes to see more graduates join Fidelity next year and stresses the need to expand the talent pool in the industry.

Closing Remarks - Paris Griffin (00:47:04)

  • Thanked the graduates for their hard work and commitment to open source.
  • Congratulated them on their achievements and encouraged them to continue contributing to the open-source community.
  • Expressed hope that the program and its partners will help the graduates become leaders in the tech industry and change the world.

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