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Kalimah Priforce

Headmaster CEO at Qeyno Labs | White House Champion of Change | Education Futurist | Hacktivist

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/priforce
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/priforce
Oakland, California, United States
Member since January 22, 2011
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If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I want to change the world.

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Kiva

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At eight years old, Kalimah Priforce held a successful hunger strike against his Brooklyn group home to add more books to its library, which drew the attention of a community of Buddhist monks and nuns who privately tutored him until the age of 14.

He left both the group home and the Buddhist order as a lost teenager, but in Harlem, NY,  legendary educator Dr. Lorraine Monroe discovered and mentored his potential to be an education innovator. By 16, Kalimah started his first tech startup that primarily served low income neighborhoods and the elderly. In 2000, his younger brother was shot and killed behind their childhood elementary school, inspiring Kalimah to accept his Bodhisattva path to transform children's lives towards mindfulness of their purpose.

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Kalimah Priforce is just a kid from Brooklyn, an education futurist, hacktivist, and Headmaster CEO of Qeyno Labs, the creators of Hackathon Academy,​ an inclusive innovation school that prepares youth and their mentors to build web and mobile apps that accelerate college and career opportunities in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art Design, and Mathematics).

From providing Oakland with its first Startup Weekend to launching hackathons for Prince, Essence, and Pres. Obama's "My Brother's Keeper"​, hackathons powered by Qeyno are bringing tomorrow's talent into today's tech with an inclusive vision that truly lives up to Dr. King's dream.

Kalimah has been featured on the cover of USA Today, the MSNBC mini-doc, "Swimming in Their Genius"​, the indie award winning film "Code Oakland" and recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change. He is a 2013 Echoing Green fellow, a StartingBloc fellow, College Board Professional Fellow, Hive Global Leader, and a 40 Under 40: Tech Diversity for Silicon Valley.