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In Oakland, using video games to build a bridge to Silicon Valley

California Report

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If Morris Jackson's plans to be a DJ don't work out, he wants to design sound for video games.

The high-tech industry does not look like the rest of California. There are very few African-Americans or Latinos working at tech companies.

A small but important step toward changing that is happening this weekend in Oakland. An event billed as a global hackathon will bring together young students of color with techies to mentor them.

Another effort to diversify the high-tech workforce is Project A Game. We head to East Oakland, where kids are learning how to make their own video games.

For the California Report, Sam Harnett has the story

 


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