Coding in Miami
2:22 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Entrepeneur Brings Tech Education To Minority Students

Felecia Hatcher helps a student write an HTML code.
Felecia Hatcher helps a student write an HTML code.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

  

Felecia Hatcher is on a mission. She wants to bridge the tech education gap in Florida's schools and give underserved students the chance to become web-based entrepreneurs. She started the program Code Fever last year to reach that goal.

"Technology will allow [the students] to build their businesses and catapult their ideas much faster and definitely much cheaper," Hatcher says.

An entrepreneur herself -- she founded the ice-pop store Feverish Pops -- Hatcher says the kids she works with benefit from seeing someone from a similar background succeed in their business endeavors.

"What they see is what they'll be," Hatcher said. "I want to show kids that no matter where you come from ... there is huge potential for you. You can  literally do anything that you want to do right now in this world."

Hatcher said teaching the kids to code is not only useful, but also helps them to create something that they can really see. 

"Coding allows them to do the work, come up with an idea, and see the fruits of their labor within a few minutes," Hatcher said.

In the future, Hatcher plans to spread Code Fever to the rest of Florida -- and eventually, to the rest of the U.S.

"Over the next year or two we're looking to expand throughout the state and around the country as well."

Hatcher says that is especially important here in South Florida, where startups are sprouting up everywhere.

According to Hatcher, "as Miami starts to build its ecosystem, we're trying to... empower the kids that are right here in the neighborhood so that they can actually take advantage of the opportunities that are coming to the city."