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In Loving Memory of David E. Glover

1952-2013

 

David E. Glover (Executive Director of Occur 1988 - 2013) devoted his life to ensuring that the infinite potential of technology innovation was accessible to everyone, especially low-income people of color. For him, the rise of the digital divide represented the 21st century manifestation of the racial and economic divide and, if properly addressed, the possibility of full inclusion could be realized.

In 1997, he opened the Eastmont Computing Center — a space where low-income adults could learn basic computer literacy for job readiness. After the passing of David E. Glover in 2013, the Eastmont Computing Center was renamed as the David E. Glover Education and Technology Center in his honor with a mandate to perpetuate David’s legacy of bringing the world’s most exciting innovations to the people that need them the most. 

Today, The Glover Center has become an essential onramp to the region’s emerging technology-driven economy as the first rung on the ladder of opportunity for low-income people of color.  We are a makerspace for communal innovation, putting making and engineering back into the hands of East Bay communities. As technology continues to evolve, we are dedicated to providing our community with the tools to be successful in the tech industry and beyond.  

 

OUR PROGRAMs

 
 
 
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DIGITAL LITERACY PROGRAM (ADULTS & SENIORS)

The Adult Computer Literacy Program provides participants with essential computer skills training classes and exposure to commonly used software applications. Additionally, adult students are offered various progressive skills training and job readiness workshops on advanced business software applications e.g., website building, Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Quickbooks and more. Browse our classes and sign up here.

 

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

The Emerging Technology Program at the David E. Glover Education & Technology Center provides an exploratory learning environment for ages 12 and up. Students have the opportunity to learn creative coding, video game design, VR/AR, artificial intelligence, robotics, circuitry, and fashion technology with an emphasis on social justice.

Our Intro to Emerging Technology Class for Seniors gives older adults a fun introduction to design, coding, and making through free softwares. Classes explore a new emerging tech topic every week.

Our After School Program covers subjects like Intro to Video Game Design, Intro to Animation, Creative Coding, and Chatbots. Classes meet on specific days M-F from 4pm-6pm. Browse our class listings and sign up here.

Our School Partnerships Program works with schools in the East Bay to provide free day-time programming to middle and high school students at the center, as well as technology and design internships for high school students throughout the year.

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SUMMER OF INNOVATION

Summer of Innovation is a free summer program for middle school youth. Youth learn a range of emerging technologies and build a creative tech project at the end of the camp which is displayed in our Summer of Innovation Showcase.


Summer Applications are now closed.
 

OUR TEAM

 
 
 
Olivia Cueva is the Director of the David E. Glover Center where designs, develops, and manages the creative technology programming and operations. She founded a creative technology design studio at the center which trains youth in providing consulting services to small and corporate businesses around the Bay Area. Originally from Berkeley, she received her Masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU Tisch in New York where she invented products ranging from wearable technology, augmented reality apps, video games, and interactive installations. She has over 10 years experience working in non-profit community organizations that focus on media and youth development.

Olivia Cueva is the Director of the David E. Glover Center where designs, develops, and manages the creative technology programming and operations. She founded a creative technology design studio at the center which trains youth in providing consulting services to small and corporate businesses around the Bay Area. Originally from Berkeley, she received her Masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU Tisch in New York where she invented products ranging from wearable technology, augmented reality apps, video games, and interactive installations. She has over 10 years experience working in non-profit community organizations that focus on media and youth development.


OLIVIA CUEVA

Director & President

Zahra is a photographer and writer by craft. She has worked in STEM and arts focused youth development and education for the past decade. She loves to work with young people, empowering them to build a good world and happy, useful lives. In life, work and artmaking Zahra likes to play, organize, tinker, be scrappy and problem solve creatively. At the David E. Glover Emerging Tech Center, Zahra is part of the data & evaluation, outreach and operations teams.

Zahra is a photographer and writer by craft. She has worked in STEM and arts focused youth development and education for the past decade. She loves to work with young people, empowering them to build a good world and happy, useful lives. In life, work and artmaking Zahra likes to play, organize, tinker, be scrappy and problem solve creatively. At the David E. Glover Emerging Tech Center, Zahra is part of the data & evaluation, outreach and operations teams.

ZAHRA SYED

Program Administrator

Jorge Flores came to the center as a student of humble beginnings, identified and inspired by past director David E. Glover. He has gone on to become the center’s Office Manager and Spanish-language Computer Basics Instructor. You can also find him in the community raising awareness about our upcoming classes. Mr. Flores is passionate about empowering East Oakland residents through computer skills acquisition for workplace success.

Jorge Flores came to the center as a student of humble beginnings, identified and inspired by past director David E. Glover. He has gone on to become the center’s Office Manager and Spanish-language Computer Basics Instructor. You can also find him in the community raising awareness about our upcoming classes. Mr. Flores is passionate about empowering East Oakland residents through computer skills acquisition for workplace success.

JORGE FLORES

Office Manager

Jabari Alii is a game developer who began his journey as a video game composer and sound designer. Over the years he has worn many hats including audio director, educator, project manager, graphic designer, writer, web designer, gameplay programmer, and much more. He works in both Unreal and Unity game engines and has gained notice for his upcoming game Planet Rise. With a focus on youth and community Jabari can be found teaching Unity at David E Glover Center and Piano at Notes Music Academy. And he is most notably known for his role as gaming director of AfroComicCon where he brings a fun and inclusive experience of gaming and nerd culture to groups of all ages.

Jabari Alii is a game developer who began his journey as a video game composer and sound designer. Over the years he has worn many hats including audio director, educator, project manager, graphic designer, writer, web designer, gameplay programmer, and much more. He works in both Unreal and Unity game engines and has gained notice for his upcoming game Planet Rise. With a focus on youth and community Jabari can be found teaching Unity at David E Glover Center and Piano at Notes Music Academy. And he is most notably known for his role as gaming director of AfroComicCon where he brings a fun and inclusive experience of gaming and nerd culture to groups of all ages.

JABARI ALII

Video Game Design Instructor

Thomas Washington brings over 17 years of experience in creating customized software training modules designed to fit the learning needs of individuals and/or group clients. Although Mr. Washington has delivered training services for many years to various age groups, his personal goal is to support educational projects that address the needs of the senior community and become an active participant in bridging the digital gap between generations.

Thomas Washington brings over 17 years of experience in creating customized software training modules designed to fit the learning needs of individuals and/or group clients.

Although Mr. Washington has delivered training services for many years to various age groups, his personal goal is to support educational projects that address the needs of the senior community and become an active participant in bridging the digital gap between generations.

THOMAS WASHINGTON

Computer Basics Instructor

Tara is an animator who also paints, edits videos, surfs occasionally, and loves music. She works with a variety of analog and digital techniques to create moving pictures and is beyond excited to share these skills with her class this fall. She is originally from Toronto but now lives and works in Oakland.

Tara is an animator who also paints, edits videos, surfs occasionally, and loves music. She works with a variety of analog and digital techniques to create moving pictures and is beyond excited to share these skills with her class this fall. She is originally from Toronto but now lives and works in Oakland.

TARA MORRIS

Animation Instructor

Bianka was born and raised in Pacifica, California, a beach town by the city. She graduated from Stanford in 2017 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and then went on to work at Google X on top secret projects. In her free time, Bianka loves hiking, reading, swimming, and collecting crystals -- she has a business selling crystal jewelry that she makes. She has a passion for teaching Design Thinking, especially to youth in her community. She is the Head Instructor of Future Founders, a company incubated at the David E. Glover Emerging Technology Center.

Bianka was born and raised in Pacifica, California, a beach town by the city. She graduated from Stanford in 2017 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and then went on to work at Google X on top secret projects. In her free time, Bianka loves hiking, reading, swimming, and collecting crystals -- she has a business selling crystal jewelry that she makes. She has a passion for teaching Design Thinking, especially to youth in her community. She is the Head Instructor of Future Founders, a company incubated at the David E. Glover Emerging Technology Center.

BIANKA QUINTANILLA-WHYE

Head Instructor - KickStartCS

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ROBYN HILLMAN-HARRIGAN

Development

Camila was born in Colombia, and grew up in the Fruitvale area of Oakland. After facing issues with access to computer science education at her public high school, she became passionate about making tech more accessible to low-income and underrepresented students. She is a third-year computer science student attending California State University, East Bay and hopes to build technologies that make the world a better place. She is incubating her company Future Founders at the David E. Glover Emerging Technology Center.

Camila was born in Colombia, and grew up in the Fruitvale area of Oakland. After facing issues with access to computer science education at her public high school, she became passionate about making tech more accessible to low-income and underrepresented students. She is a third-year computer science student attending California State University, East Bay and hopes to build technologies that make the world a better place. She is incubating her company Future Founders at the David E. Glover Emerging Technology Center.

CAMILA RAMOS

Founder - KickStartCS