TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO CREATE CHANGE
• AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM•
Technology Entrepreneurship to Create Change (TECC) Boss
is a 6-week, paid summer internship program
for Louisville youth and young adults ages 16-21.
From JUNE 12 - JULY 20, 2023
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Thursday
Interns explored pathways in tech and fueled their entrepreneurial spirit to become a tech boss and change agent in their community.
No tech skills experience were required.
Sponsored by SummerWorks.
TECC Boss Health and Wellness Edition 2023
Empowering Young Innovators for Health Equity
TECC Boss took an assets-based approach, recognizing that you already possessed knowledge and wisdom that could drive social change. Our program added the technology component as a medium to highlight those assets and solve problems while promoting equity and empowerment.
Over the past three years, we engaged over 130 young innovators who developed skills in entrepreneurship and technology while addressing critical community issues such as LGBTQ+ issues, financial wellness, immigration support, support for Black and Brown communities, and more.
This year, we were excited to turn our focus to promoting health equity in the Louisville community with the Health and Wellness Edition program. As a participant, you worked in teams to develop entrepreneurship and technology solutions, such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, apps/websites, or games, that addressed critical health and wellness issues in the Louisville community. You also gained valuable skills in entrepreneurship and technology while making a positive impact in your community.
TECC Boss was committed to empowering young innovators for health equity. You joined us on this exciting journey to promote a healthier and more equitable Louisville community.
Interns got paid $12/hour for
real-world tech experience.
Worked and learned in a diverse, chill environment.
Strengthened their resume and portfolio for jobs or school.
Supported a cause for their community in a meaningful way.
Market survey development
Business model canvassing
Creating tech workshops
Tech as a medium for social change
Written and verbal communication
Project management processes
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Every community has issues that need to be addressed and assets to be highlighted. When you leverage data and technology, you can tackle those issues in a meaningful and scientific way.
In the TECC Boss program, participants selected an issue within the health and wellness community that was personal to them. Then they gathered data, brainstormed solutions, and created a technology prototype that addressed that issue.
Each group had the task of designing a website centered around one of three health inequity topics. The criteria for this project were as follows:
Website Theme: Each group's tech idea should address a health equity solution in Louisville.
Design and Visual Appeal: The evaluation considered creativity, aesthetics, and the use of appropriate colors, fonts, and images.
User Experience: The website's intuitiveness, ease of navigation, and overall user-friendliness were taken into account.
Functionality: Proper implementation of interactive elements, responsiveness, and compatibility across different devices and browsers were assessed.
Content: The quality and relevance of the content, including text, images, and multimedia elements, were important factors.
Overall Impression: The judges considered the overall impression and impact of the website on users.
These criteria guided the assessment of the websites created by the interns during the TECC Boss program.
Developing leaders was part of our mission. During our TECC Boss program, each project team nominated a project manager to lead their peers from ideation to completion.
That said, every person on a team played an important role. We encouraged all interns to be their best - Good humans supporting good humans.
TECH-Nique’s mission is to provide community-centric opportunities in technology that elevate the voices and experiences of underrepresented groups. As a TECC Boss intern, you will work in a safe, chill environment where you will be seen and heard.
In 2023, sixty interns started and completed the TECC Boss program. 93% of the participants were Black & Brown and 15% LGBTQ+.
Projects supported numerous community organizations and causes.
TECC Boss is just the beginning of your experience in technology and social justice. Graduates of the TECC Boss Program are encouraged to apply to become a TECH-Nique LinkUP Apprentice. A few graduates will be selected to take on a leadership role with TECH-Nique.
In addition, graduates of TECC Boss have a completed project to add to their portfolio and skills to add to their resume. These accomplishments can be leveraged to help graduates gain new employment or acceptance into a college or university.