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Publication: 2012-10-13


... the people who are working on computer science and social change are not working together. As a result, there is little sharing of best practices, and groups continually reinvent the wheel. The space of computer science and social change won't flourish until an organization steps in and brings people together.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Code the Change



  • StudentsMany students are turned off of computer science because they think that computer science means geeks programming databases in their basement, and they can't see the social impact of their work.

  • Computer ScientistsComputer scientists want to use their skills to make the world a better place, but they don't know who could use their help.

  • NonprofitsThe great irony is that nonprofits and other organizations in the public and social sectors need computer science work now more than ever before; they just don't have the same recruiting budgets that traditional high tech companies have.

  • Sam KingSam King is the director of Code the Change. He got involved because he believes that all humans deserve dignity and that other computer scientists want to work towards that goal too. His favorite books are "The Kingkiller Chronicles" by Patrick Rothfuss and "The Plague" by Albert Camus. Fun facts: he still wears a wristwatch, had never been outside the US before working in Cambodia, and uses a union built computer.

  • Angad SinghAngad Singh is the Project Director for Code the Change. He got involved because he believes that technology needs to be used to create innovative and scalable solutions to the world's problems. His favorite movie is Rang De Basanti. Fun facts: he had never lived outside of India before coming to college at Stanford, he thinks Top Gear is the best TV show ever and has studied 5 languages.

  • Sophia WestwoodSophia Westwood is the Associate Director of Code the Change. She works on making Code the Change more friendly, open, and educational to attract a wider variety of students and increase impact. She believes that Code the Change is important in part because it shows how computer scientists can make a difference in people's lives. Misc: she's taught herself to write with both hands, cares more about football than might be advisable, and enjoys writing songs on guitar about dinosaurs, introductory computer science classes, and silly topics.

  • Emin TopalovicEmin Topalovic is the Sponsorship Director of Code the Change. He deals with Code the Change's relationships with industry to make sure that they are happy at the end of our events and that both students and nonprofit organizations can benefit from our relationship with our corporate sponsors.

  • Patrick WardPatrick Ward joined Code the Change to make a difference in long-term technical help that people receive. He loves meeting new people, eating Thai food, and Internet memes. He used to be pre-med, but then he took an arrow to the knee.

  • Alejandro RodríguezAlejandro Rodríguez is a Director of Stanford Events for Code the Change. He got involved because he wanted to take his computer science experience beyond the classroom, and what better way to do it than to experience the impact programmers can have in the real world first-hand. He loves cars and keeping up with the latest gadgets while never actually owning any of them. He was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, but now considers the Bay Area his home.

  • Jasmine NachtigallJasmine Nachtigall is the Scaling Director of Code the Change. She works to set up Code the Change chapters at universities across the nation. Jasmine studied economics and loves the fact that Code the Change is a market that matches computer scientists to non-profit work.

  • Mario VillaplanaMario Villaplana is a Director of Web Development at Code the Change. He's studying Computer Science at Stanford University, most likely with a focus on AI. Hobbies include hacking, running, and consuming lots of information and pizza in many different forms.

  • Simon ZhengSimon Zheng is a Computer Science student at Stanford University. He hails from New York City (born and raised) and has recently fallen in love with California. He joined Code the Change because he believes in doing good while doing well. He is interested in startups, education, languages, biotechnology and volleyball and his goal is to make a difference in the world.