Tech Journey was founded in 2012 by Antonio Kioko and Dave Kessler to help students with limited resources pursue careers in and be inspired by technology. The pair created Tech Journey out of their mutual desire to get underprivileged Des Moines students engaged with technology and allow them to see it as a viable career option. Even before the first camp in 2013, Tech Journey’s founders knew they would be committing to a multi-year partnership with their students.
“The idea is we’re not just doing one camp and walking away. We’re figuring out how to engage these kids and making this process a continuing journey,” Kioko says.
Since then Tech Journey has hosted three week-long summer camps and brought more than 50 students into the fold. Supported by a team of passionate and dedicated volunteers, Tech Journey plans to welcome another class of students during Tech Camp this July.