This week Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all New York City public schools will require computer science education. Over the next 10 years, New York schools will incorporate basic programming like Scratch into classroom study to better prepare students for careers in New York City’s fast-growing high-tech industry.
Given the growing gap between open technology positions and students graduating with degrees in computer science, we couldn’t be more supportive of this important initiative at MongoDB. Providing computer science education is critical to driving innovation in future generations and closing this growing gap.
As a member of the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline Advisory Board, MongoDB CTO and Co-Founder Eliot Horowitz advises the city on ways to drive innovation for the future. Eliot shared his enthusiasm for today’s announcement on his personal blog:
I fully expect this program to lead to huge, positive changes in the lives of the children of NYC, and to bring to the companies that need software engineers a large, vital, diverse pool of them.
Employee Spotlight: AJ Subat
AJ has been at MongoDB for nearly 3 years. We had the opportunity to learn more about why he joined MongoDB, his experience here, how AJ spends his weekends, and more. What is your role at MongoDB? I’m in Sales which becomes pretty obvious once you see my LinkedIn photo. I’m a Corporate Account Executive and I work with growing companies to make them successful with MongoDB. How long have you been at the company? Started as an intern now we here (two and a half years later). What’s your Instagram? FOLLOW FOR FOLLOW Why did you join MongoDB? I learned about MongoDB by attending a bunch of Meetups in Los Angeles. I was a broke musician at the time, so I went for the free pizza and beer. After listening to Paul Pederson give one of his signature talks about how easy it is to build apps on MongoDB, and after meeting other employees, I realized this was a company I wanted to be a part of. I applied for an internship on the Sales Operations team in the Palo Alto office and started a month later. After my internship I was brought on as a full-time salesperson, and shortly thereafter I moved to the NYC office in Times Square!! What do you like to do with your coworkers outside of the office? Lately I’ve been playing tennis and going kickboxing with a few coworkers. I also have a close knit group of friends who I go to dinner parties and comedy clubs with. All we can talk about is how we’re saving the world, one Mongod at a time. What’s one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had working here so far? The most rewarding part about working at MongoDB is the friendships I’ve made across all departments in the company. I work with a lot of very smart, honest, funny, and weird people. In my first year at MongoDB, I helped close a really important deal that was very beneficial to the customer. Being able to provide that kind of value to my company and to the customer made me feel like a real asset to the company. Tell us about the most interesting customer that you are working with. All of my customers are working on very compelling projects with MongoDB but one company that resonates with me is Apervita. They created a marketplace for medical knowledge transfer across health institutions, with the goal of making a positive contribution to the world by improving health for everyone. What does your perfect weekend look like? My perfect weekend involves a little nature, a good book, good friends, good food, good music, and a little spontaneity. I enjoy cooking, so having people over for dinner and drinks is always nice. But really, any weekend when I get to play my melodica is a good weekend. Name one secret skill you have, unrelated to work. I compose and produce music for film and TV. My work has been in Bones, Gotham, and The Witches of East End. I released an album, About You , in 2013. It took a lot of work and was mostly a solo project. I’m definitely really proud of the final product. What is the best vacation you’ve been on? Going to Afghanistan, though not a typical “vacation”, was a life changing experience. I’m a first generation Afghan-American and have always wanted to visit my parents’ birthplace. The trip was beautiful, sad, nostalgic, humbling, and more It helped me realize that although we have many problems of our own here in the United States, we still have it far better than most of the world. I always knew that but when I visited Afghanistan, it really hit me that we as Americans can pursue our different opportunities and have the opportunity to accomplish almost anything we want. Where did you go to school? I went to UCLA and studied History (Pre-Law) Hometown? I’m from Yorba Linda, California. Also known as, “The Land of Gracious Living”. Fun fact - Richard Nixon was also born there. Snapchat or Instagram? Both. Snapchat for the trivial stuff and Instagram for what my future kids might see. Go-To Seamless lunch order? Sophie’s Salmon lunch with Moro rice and extra green sauce. Favorite concert/Artist? Radiohead and José González Interested in a career at MongoDB? Check out our careers page. MongoDB Careers
Hear From the MongoDB World 2022 Diversity Scholars
The MongoDB Diversity Scholarship program is an initiative to elevate and support members of underrepresented groups in technology across the globe. Scholars receive complimentary access to the MongoDB World developer conference in New York, on-demand access to MongoDB University to prepare for free MongoDB certification, and mentorship via an exclusive discussion group. This year at MongoDB World, our newest cohort of scholars got the opportunity to interact with company leadership at a luncheon and also got a chance to share their experience in a public panel discussion at the Community Café. Hear from some of the 2022 scholars, in their own words. Rebecca Hayes, System Analyst at Alliance for Safety and Justice I did an internal transition from managing Grants/Contracts to IT and just finished a data science certificate (Python, Unix/Linux, SQL) through my community college. My inspiration for pursuing STEM was wanting to understand how reality is represented in systems and how data science can be used to change the world. What was your most impactful experience as part of the Diversity Scholarship? Most impactful were the conversations I had with other attendees at the conference. I talked to people from all sectors who were extremely knowledgeable and passionate about shaping the future of databases. The opportunity to hear from MongoDB leaders and then understand how the vision behind the product was being implemented made me feel inspired for my future in STEM. How has the MongoDB World conference inspired you in your learning or your career path? MongoDB World inspired me to understand the real world applications of databases. I left knowing what's possible with a product like MongoDB and the limits of SQL and traditional databases. After the conference, I wrote this article on Medium reflecting on what I learned at the conference. What is your advice to colleagues pursuing STEM and/or on a similar path as you? Embrace what makes you unique. Just because things take time doesn't mean they won't happen. When learning programming and data science, think about how your work relates to the real world and share those thoughts with others. Seek out new perspectives, stay true to yourself, and keep an open mind. Delphine Nyaboke, Junior Software Engineer at Sendy I am passionate about energy in general. My final year project was on solar mini-grid design and interconnection. I have a mission of being at the intersection of energy and AI What inspired me to get into tech is the ability to solve societal problems without necessarily waiting for someone else to do it for you. This can be either in energy or by code. What was your most impactful experience as part of the Diversity Scholarship? My most impactful experience, apart from attending and listening in on the keynotes, was to attend the breakout sessions. They had lovely topics full of learnings and inspiration, including Engineering Culture at MongoDB; Be a Community Leader; Principles of Data Modeling for MongoDB; and Be Nice, But Not Too Nice just to mention but a few. How has the MongoDB World conference inspired you in your learning or your career path? MongoDB World has inspired me to keep on upskilling and being competitive in handling databases, which is a key skill in a backend engineer like myself. I will continue taking advantage of the MongoDB University courses and on-demand courses available thanks to the scholarship. What is your advice to colleagues pursuing STEM and/or on a similar path as you? STEM is a challenging yet fun field. If you’re tenacious enough, the rewards will trickle in soon enough. Get a community to be around, discuss what you’re going through together, be a mentor, get a mentor, and keep pushing forward. We need like-minded individuals in our society even in this fourth industrial revolution, and we are not leaving anyone behind. Video: Watch the panel in its entirety Raja Adil, Student at Cal Poly SLO Currently, I am a software engineer intern at Salesforce. I started self-teaching myself software development when I was a junior in high school during the COVID-19 pandemic, and from there I started doing projects and gaining as much technical experience as I could through internships. Before the pandemic I took my first computer science class, which was taught in C#. At first, I hated it as it looked complex. Slowly, I started to enjoy it more and more, and during the pandemic I started learning Python on my own. I feel blessed to have found my path early in my career. What was your most impactful experience as part of the Diversity Scholarship? My most impactful experience was the network and friends I made throughout the four days I was in New York for MongoDB World. I also learned a lot about the power of MongoDB, as opposed to relational databases, which I often use in my projects. How has the MongoDB World conference inspired you in your learning or your career path? The MongoDB World conference was amazing and has inspired me a ton in my learning path. I definitely want to learn even more about MongoDB as a database, and in terms of a career path, I would love to intern at MongoDB as a software engineer down the line. What is your advice to colleagues pursuing STEM and/or on a similar path as you? My advice would be to network as much as you can and simply make cool projects that others can use. Evans Asuboah, Stetson University I am an international student from Ghana. I was born and raised by my dad, who is a cocoa farmer, and my mum, who is a teacher. I got into tech miraculously, because my country's educational system matches majors to students according to their final high school grades. Initially, I wanted to do medicine, but I was offered computer science. I realized that computer science could actually be the tool to help my community and also use the knowledge to help my dad on the farm. What was your most impactful experience as part of the Diversity Scholarship? The breakout room sessions. As scholars, we had the chance to talk to MongoDB employees, and the knowledge and experiences changed my thoughts and increased my desire to persevere. I have learned never to stop learning and not to give up. How has the MongoDB World conference inspired you in your learning or your career path? Meeting these amazing people, connecting with the scholars, being at the workshops, and talking to the startups at the booths has made me realize the sky is the limit. I dare to dream and believe until I see the results. What is your advice to colleagues pursuing STEM and/or on a similar path as you? 1. Explore MongoDB; 2. You are the only one between you and your dream; 3. Take the initiative and meet people; 4. Never stop learning. Daniel Erbynn, Drexel University I love traveling and exploring new places. I am originally from Ghana, and I got the opportunity to participate in a summer program after high school called Project ISWEST, which introduced me to coding and computer science through building a pong game and building an Arduino circuit to program traffic lights. This made me excited about programming and the possibilities of solving problems in the tech space. What was your most impactful experience as part of the Diversity Scholarship? My most impactful experience was meeting with other students and professionals in the industry, learning from them, making lifelong connections, and getting the opportunity to learn about MongoDB through the MongoDB University courses. How has the MongoDB World conference inspired you in your learning or your career path? This conference has inspired me to learn more about MongoDB and seek more knowledge about cloud technology. What is your advice to colleagues pursuing STEM and/or on a similar path as you? Don’t be afraid to reach out to people you want to learn from, and create projects you are passionate about. Build your skills with MongoDB University's free courses and certifications . Join our developer community to stay up-to-date with the latest information and announcements.