Coding for Treasure was founded by 2 entrepreneurial moms with backgrounds in technology and education. We both have young kids, and we were eager to inspire them to be creators, not just passive consumers of technology.
We realized that kids need more guidance than most parents have time for to learn tech skills, and they need a community to inspire them – to become inventors, makers and creators. We created Coding for Treasure to meet this need.
Karen is an entrepreneur and innovation leader. She is a veteran of the technology industry having designed and managed digital experiences for the likes of Fox Soccer, American Idol and Target, as well as produced on-air graphics for MTV and commercial video for the largest retailer in the US. A mommy-coder, she is excited to bring her passion for innovation to inspire the next generation of coders, inventors and designers.
Nirosha has advised a variety of tech companies, from start-ups to large public companies. She is a senior advisor at Rockhold Education and serves on the Board of Trustees at the Ingenium Schools. Her two daughters, ages 4 and 6, inspired her to start Coding for Treasure – a place to sustain and nurture their budding interest in science and technology in an engaging and fun way! She is happy to report that robots now regularly appear at her daughters’ dress up time, alongside fancy princesses.
Jessica is a native Southern Californian who is a current Ph.D. student. She is a strong advocate for expanding diversity and equality in STEM fields and is actively involved in organizations towards this goal, such as Women in Graduate Studies. She feels strongly that interests in STEM can be encouraged from a young age, and that all kids regardless of their upbringing or gender should have an equal opportunity to be exposed to and excited about science and technology.
Leslie is currently working on her degree in Computer Science, and is planning to pursue a career in software development. During her free time, she loves attending concerts, playing with her two dogs and visiting museums. She hopes to one day travel the world, especially south and central America, to spread knowledge of technology and computer science. She loves teaching kids to code!