Media Mentions

If I'm mentioned in an article, I'll post a link and repost the article.

Careers with Code

Careers with Code is a publication aiming to get more high school students interested in computer science by showing them some of the cool things you can do with a career in CS.  They interviewed me for an article on computer science and social change.  If you want to see it, you can check it out on their website or download a copy of the PDF.

Transforming Tech Skills into a Social Good Career

Udacity mentioned Code the Change on their career blog.  An exceprt:

Does this sound like you?

Many students are turned off of computer science because they think that it means working on excessively technical problems, and they can’t see the social impact of their work. Often, they don’t know who could use their help.

Coding for Public Service

CodeHS helps high school students learn to code by working with schools and providing high quality instructional materials and tutors.  They are collecting a bunch of stories about people coding for their jobs, "Coding in the Wild," with the goal of getting students interested in programming.  Here's what I wrote for them.


The Secret Startup That Saved the Worst Website in America

Another article about my team.  Check it out on the Atlantic's website and you can see the pictures of where I lived, too!  This article focuses a bit much on the living conditions of the folks working on, but its descriptions of user centered design, attempts on doing agile development with government, and its descriptions of the government compliance landscape are all pretty good.


Meet Nava, A Startup That Wants To Fix The Government's Crappy Design

A couple news organizations wrote articles about after I left.  I'm not mentioned by name in this one, but I'm in one of the pictures.  I think that the article is fairly reasonable.  I pasted it below, but it's probably nicer looking if you view it on Fast Company's website.



Why Public Service Needs Engineers and Scientists

One of my friends, Ernestine Fu, wrote a piece on engineering and public service, and I was featured.  You can see it below.


"Why would an engineer write a book on public service?" This was the one question I was asked most frequently when I started to write Civic Work, Civic Lessons. My answer? Engineers are problem solvers. We should be thinking about how we can change the world.

Debate team bids farewell to coaches

I've coached debate at Palo Alto HS since 2009, and now that I'm graduating, I'm taking my leave.  The director of debate, Jennie Savage, had some heartfelt words.  I have really loved coaching at the team, and I do hope to stay involved to some extent in the future.  


Palo Alto High School’s Speech and Debate Team looks forward to next year’s season despite the loss of two debate coaches.

Sam King and Nadia Arid, Stanford University graduates, are leaving the debate team to pursue professional careers after four years of service at Paly.

Jefferson Awards Media (WSJ / AP)

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Associated Press

NEW YORK — New York City's Robin Hood Foundation has received a lifetime achievement award from a national organization that promotes public service.

The Robin Hood Foundation was presented with the top prize at the Jefferson Awards ceremony in New York on Wednesday.

Robin Hood has donated $1.25 billion to fighting poverty in New York City since its founding in 1988.

Jefferson Awards Media (Yahoo News)

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NFL and New York Jets Legend Marty Lyons Wins the 2013 Jefferson Award For 30 Years of Giving Back

Robin Hood Foundation, three young "Globechangers" and well known entrepreneur also win Jefferson Awards. CBS newscaster Lesley Stahl served as Mistress of Ceremonies.

Jefferson Awards Media (Palo Alto Patch)

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Stanford student wins 2013 Jefferson Award
Posted by Michael Knowles
March 5, 2013


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