CODECREW is a non-profit organization leading the youth coding movement in Memphis.
As the information economy advances, the digital skills gap is significant for adults and children nationwide, but is particularly pronounced in Memphis, where the tech community is bourgeoning, but is still behind on virtually every major indicator, threatening our city’s prosperity. And while a handful of isolated efforts have been launched to begin to address these problems amongst our youth, what Memphis really needs is an environment that generates much greater numbers of young techies than current efforts do today.
CODECREW proactively addresses these problems by:
Directly providing in-depth computer science training to kids,
Serving as a resource for parents, educators, and other organizations looking to address the digital skills gap, and
Raising awareness about the importance of diversity in tech and the role of computer science education in lifting prosperity in Memphis.
In partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, our 2015 pilot program included a one-day workshop, a six-week in-depth digital code camp, and a two-day hackathon. Today, we have multiple summer camps, multiple after-school programs, and two in-school electives programs, plus special events.
Board of DireCtors
Meka Egwuekwe, Co-Founder and EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Formerly Director of Software Development for Lokion Interactive, Meka has been a professional software developer for more than nineteen years, building software systems for governments and Fortune 500 companies around the world. Throughout his professional career, Meka has made time to also work with youth and education in various capacities. He has been an Alumni Admissions Representative for Phillips Academy Andover for seventeen years, served as youth director at his church for more than five years, and has lead a spring break college tour for high school students for more than ten years.
Meka has been a local leader in the youth coding movement since founding the Memphis Chapter of Black Girls Code in late 2012. Under his guidance, the chapter became one of the country’s most active, hosting more than a dozen workshops teaching hundreds of girls how to build mobile applications, web pages, video games, and robots. Meka is also a longtime mentor in StartCo’s business and technology accelerators, where he has mentored various companies in tech.
Meka has a BS and MS in Computer Science from Morehouse College and Duke University, respectively. He resides in Memphis with his wife, Pamela, and their two daughters.
Petya K. Grady, Co-Founder and Board Member
Petya is a User Experience Analyst and Interaction designer at Lokion where she specializes in audience research, user experience strategy and interaction design. Her client work includes projects for American Home Shield, FedEx, Hilton, Smith & Nephew and St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research Hospital. Petya’s background and experience allow her to bring an international perspective into her work. A native of Bulgaria, Petya began her career as a Project Manager in the Sofia offices of Dynamo Software (previously, Netage Solutions) where she led teams to successfully implement multi-lingual projects for an array of international clients. Prior to joining Lokion, Petya worked in digital marketing and communications at Christian Brothers University.
Petya is an impassioned advocate for diversity in technology. In addition to co-founding CodeCrew, she has served as volunteer and Fundraising chair of the Memphis Chapter of Black Girls Code and is member of the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals network. In 2015, Petya was recognized as Top 40 Under 40 by the Memphis Business Journal.
Petya holds a B.A. from Sewanee: The University of the South and a M.A from Penn State University.
Audrey P. Jones, Co-Founder and Board Member
Audrey P. Jones is a social entrepreneur with a passion for breathing life into big ideas. For the past 15 years Audrey has built a name for herself in technology with a wide variety of industries and has become known for her keen ability to forge ideas and lead ventures that succeed and better the lives of those they serve.
She currently serves as the president and CEO of Business Intelligently, Inc., co-founder of CodeCrew, the Youth Mentoring and Development Chairwoman for the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals and works as a Business Intelligence Project Manager for AutoZone. She serves on the board of executive trustees for Porter-Leath, and is also a New Memphis Fellow. Previously, Audrey has worked for major corporations such as Fannie Mae, The Family Dollar Stores Inc., Target, CSC and TekSystems. No matter the firm, project or objective, Audrey’s reputation for providing peerless insight, her expertise in securing seed funding, and her drive to succeed have all played crucial roles in the companies she has started or been a part of.