Estefania has been featured in various publications including: Women of Silicon Valley, Ciencia Puerto Rico, Medium, Women 2.0, and Pando Daily.
women of silicon valley
"It is not easy being a double minority; the cases in which you are assumed to know less than everyone else are far too many. I feel uncomfortable when people talk about hiring the best and hiring for diversity as if it’s a tradeoff, unaware that this is a notion created by their implicit bias. I feel uncomfortable when people assume my achievements are not merit-based, but somehow that its easier to get here as a Latina. I feel uncomfortable when not meeting the culture fit criteria keeps me out of companies or groups that I know I could thrive in. And most of all, I feel uncomfortable when people have low expectations of me..." Read More
CIENCIA PUERTO RICO
"Estefanía Ortiz, a Hackathon fan and young entrepreneur, grew up in the town of Guaynabo Puerto Rico and went to the Marista private school for most of her schooling. Estefanía finished her last high school year doing home schooling, and today she is a sophomore majoring Computer Science at Stanford University. Estefanía told me that a transformational moment in her life was a conversation she had with her math teacher. The message of her teacher was clear; she encouraged Estefanía to focus on developing and taking advantage of her skills in math and science. Estefania later discovered the world of computer programming while she was working on her science fair project and after she participated in pre-college programs ..." Read More
"Walker was speaking to twenty-five teenagers and twenty-somethings who were participating in Code2040’s flagship Fellows Program, which kicked off in June in downtown San Francisco, just blocks from tech giants like Twitter, Pinterest, and Dropbox. The nonprofit that Walker co-founded with Laura Weidman Powers in 2012 creates access, awareness, and opportunities for top minority engineering talent to ensure their leadership in the innovation economy ..." Read More
THIS IS THE POWER OF A MENTOR
“You can’t be what you can’t see.”
I don’t tend to like trite expressions like that (although I do really love rhymes) but my experience founding and running CODE2040, a nonprofit fellows program for black and latino students interested in pursuing careers in technology, has taught me that there is a deep truth to this turn of phrase.
Often, this quip is used to explain to why it is so important for young impressionable minds to be exposed to people in positions of authority and influence who look like them or come from similar backgrounds. That is, public figures who can be “seen” en masse.
This is, without a doubt, critical — an increasing number of people from underrepresented backgrounds in visible positions of influence and authority is both a harbinger and a proof of progress and change. ... Read More
FUTURE FEMALE FOUNDERS TO WATCH FROM CODE2040
By the year 2040, demographers tell us, the U.S. will be 42% Black or Latino, but right now only 1-in-14 tech employees in Silicon Valley is Black or Latino. America’s most prominent tech hub clearly has a way to go when it comes to diversity. CODE2040 is doing something about it.
Every summer the fellowship program places high-performing Black and Latino software engineering students in internships with top startups and provides mentorship, leadership training, and network development. Their latest class has been announced and is heading off to some of the Valley’s best known companies. It includes some impressive women of color worth keeping an eye on. What will these women found one day? ...
EDUCATION IS A HACK, IN A GOOD WAY
Estefania Ortiz, a Stanford freshman wearing a pink hoodie with her school’s name emblazoned across the front, was coding away on her laptop when she suddenly stopped typing, threw up her hands up and said, “Oh my god, it worked!”
She was participating in HackEd 2.0, which, like it sounds, is a hackathon focused on developing education tech, held yesterday at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. Moments before her breakthrough, Ortiz’s teammate, Ajay Sohmshetty, another member of the all-Stanford Freshman squad... Read More