Smart Cincy is grateful to have had Michael Beck - Smart Cincy Advisor and Founder of Code For Kids - as well as Derick Lee - who is from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Education Supercluster - lead an afternoon workshop at the second annual Smart Cincy Summit!
Derick Lee is the Founder of PilotCity, an organization on a mission to prototype the city of the future in San Leandro, California by incubating the city’s cross-sector innovation ecosystem of government, education, industry and citizenry. Lee‘s first area of focus will be in education, to build entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs from within city schools. Working with Alameda County Office of Education, San Leandro Unified School District and Hayward Unified School District to deploy business incubators and accelerators, he sees this as the long-term sustainable step in building an emotionally-invested innovation ecosystem with the young citizens that are from the city. Lee is also the Chief Community Officer of ZipPower, deploying a distributed renewable energy network in San Leandro; Career Pathways Manager for the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce; and former Innovation Fellow for the City of San Leandro with the leadership of the nation’s 3rd civic Chief Innovation Officer, Deborah Acosta.
Michael Beck holds MBA in Int'l Business from Vienna University of Economics in Austria and in MIS/Int'l Marketing from Kent State University in Ohio. He spent 11 years working for NCR Corp. in Dayton, OH in various international assignments. Graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class 34, he serves on various Boards, among them XOOPS Foundation, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Cincinnati USA, SWORWIB (Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board), SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers), and UC School of Information Technology Advisory Board. Since moving to Cincinnati in 2002, Michael has been dedicated to giving back to the community he now calls home. Through his www.CodeForKids.us initiative, he is working with low-income schools to narrow the Digital Divide and increase participation of women and minorities in the IT education pipeline and workforce of Greater Cincinnati. Through his partnership with CPS and FamiliesFORWARD, Hays-Porter Elementary School was selected to be Ohio's first High-Tech Elementary School, and CAA will start a pilot coding/robotics program in its Head Start program in the West End. His continuing collaboration with schools and organizations in the West End engages parents, educators, businesses and non-profits as they work to broaden the STEM knowledge of students and to break the cycle of poverty. As an Open Source evangelist, he volunteers as a project coordinator for XOOPS Project, an Open Source Content Management System, which received several international awards. Always a fan of innovation, he's been an avid promoter of innovation and Smart City concepts in Cincinnati.