NBA All-Star Week Takes Time for Tech

While a love of sports is one of the NBA’s biggest components, the league’s interest in technology is quickly gaining steam. It’s evident from their introduction of motion-capture cameras a few years ago, which detailed player’s statistical information, and it will be even further enforced today as many gather for the 16th annual NBA All-Star Technology Summit. Yet it was earlier this week when gears shifted toward coding and the education of young programmers, that their investment in the future of technology became apparent.

On Wednesday, the league began its NBA All-Star Coding Sessions two-day event presented by SAP and held at the NBA House presented by BBVA Compass at LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre. Day one featured Girls Who Code, a non-profit aimed to educate, inspire and equip young girls to be competitive in today’s tech industry. They also are striving to close the gap between men and women in computing fields. The event invited students to present innovative projects to a panel of WNBA players, including Jayne Appel and Ruth Riley, and executives from the NBA, SAP and Facebook.

The education continued on Thursday with and special guest Dikembe Mutombo who joined to lead local youth in an “Hour of Code.”’s Hour of Code is a one-hour program designed to introduce students to computer science fundamentals through free, age-friendly activities. Just two days prior to Wednesday’s event, the organization reached more than 100 million Hours of Code. This month they also announced that one million girls and one million African American and Hispanic students are enrolled in their learning platform, Code Studio.

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