About this event
Prior to establishing the Digital NEST in 2014, Jacob Martinez spent ten years leading innovative computer-based programs in Pajaro Valley schools and beyond, with a particular focus on encouraging Latina girls to enter high tech fields. He is a frequent speaker at technology and educational conferences and symposia, and has been honored by business, community, and educational institutions for his innovation and leadership. He spoke in 2015 at the first White House Tech Meetup and was named by Tech Crunch as one of 2014’s Top 10 Men in the Country Supporting Women in Technology. Digital NEST founder Jacob Martinez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a Masters degree in Instructional Science and Technology from California State University, Monterey Bay. Jacob continues to seek opportunities to build on the broad coalition of supporters that have made Digital NEST a reality, and welcomes your inquiry.
Digital NEST (Nurturing Entrepreneurial Skills with Technology) is rooted in the socio-economic struggle of a small California coastal town surrounded by a large agricultural region. Watsonville (pop. 51,881), shares the challenges of many poor and underserved communities across the United States: high rates of poverty and unemployment, a high number of high school dropouts and a low rate of college graduates.