The purpose of this meeting is to bring together education leaders, teachers, business leaders, policy makers, parents, and CS professionals to address the challenges we face in K-12 CS education, and ensure EVERY child in Texas has access to CS in school. Come ready to participate in this interactive experience and offer your best recommendations.

Come network with CS professionals and teachers, while enjoying snacks and beverages. (Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Drink tickets for all who RSVP plus a cash bar will be available, as well.) Stay tuned for more details.

The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) AllianceThe CS4TX Statewide meeting is sponsored by the ECEP Alliance.



Featured Speakers and Panelists


Featured Speaker

Jennifer Wang, Ph.D.: Computer Science Education Outreach, Program Manager, GoogleJennifer Wang, Ph.D.
Computer Science Education Outreach
Program Manager

Dr. Jennifer Wang is an educator, researcher, and designer with an engineering background who aims to better understand learners and users of technology and to provide access to empowering opportunities. Dr. Wang views learning as a lifelong endeavor that happens anywhere, anytime. She is passionate about exposing the public to the power of STEM and strongly believe that everyone should learn to program.



Ruthe A. Farmer: Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House, Office of Science & Technology Policy, Executive Office of the PresidentRuthe A. Farmer
Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House
Office of Science & Technology Policy
Executive Office of the President

Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in technology and engineering since 2001. She currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy focusing on President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All and other tech related initiatives. Over the course of her career, Ms. Farmer has successfully launched and scaled up multiple national programs including the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, TECHNOLOchicas campaign for Latinas, AspireIT outreach program, Intel Design & Discovery, Lego Robotics for Girl Scouts and more. She served as the 2012 Chair of Computer Science Education Week, was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013, received the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact in 2014, and the Education UK Alumni Award for Social Impact in 2015.



Katie Hendrickson, Ph.D.: Advocacy and Policy Manager, Code.orgKatie Hendrickson, Ph.D.
Advocacy and Policy Manager

Katie works on state policy and advocacy issues for, including state implementation of computer science education initiatives. She earned a doctorate in mathematics education in 2016 from Ohio University, and is a former secondary mathematics teacher.




Hal Speed: CS4TX, Code.orgHal Speed
CS4TX Founder Committee Chair
Dell Engineer

Hal Speed leads organizations through uncharted territory to bring new innovative technologies to market and grow new businesses. As an entrepreneurial change agent, Hal uses his expertise in strategic marketing and systems thinking to propel organizations toward the future.



Rice University Professor, Richard TapiaRichard Tapia, Ph.D.
Director, Richard Tapia Center for Excellence & Equity
Rice University

Dr. Tapia is a mathematician and professor in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is internationally known for his research in the computational and mathematical sciences and is a national leader in education and outreach programs. Tapia currently serves as University Professor; Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering; and Director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education at Rice University. In 2011, Tapia received the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama.



  • Type – Meeting
  • Dates and Times – Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Application and Registration Deadline – October 11th, 2016
  • Location – Embassy Suites Houston Downtown, Discovery Ballroom, 1515 Dallas Street, Houston, Texas, 77010
  • Eligible Attendees – Our goal is to bring together education leaders, teachers, business leaders, policy makers, parents and CS professionals to continue our conversation about the challenges we face in CS education, some of the work we have done recently to address those challenges, and next steps to continue moving forward.
  • Downloadable FlierClick to download and share the flier. (PDF) – Updated October 7, 2016
  • Downloadable AgendaClick to download the meeting agenda. (PDF) – Final – Updated October 18, 2016
  • Online Presentation – CS4TX Statewide Meeting October 2016 (


Application and Registration

  • Registration fee is FREE
  • This event is limited to 125 participants
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Travel Logistics

  • Parking – There is parking available at the Embassy Suites. Participants are responsible for their own individual parking costs.

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