A child’s destiny should never be dictated by their zip code but is shaped by who and what they are exposed to.
At eight years old, Kalimah Priforce became a hacker after 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 monastics who privately trained him to be a monk 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 innovator. By 16, Kalimah started his first tech startup that primarily served low income neighborhoods and the elderly which he sold at 19. In 2000, his younger brother was shot and killed behind their childhood elementary school, inspiring Kalimah to accept his Bodhisattva path of transforming children's lives, their families, and their communities.
"It isn't innovation if it doesn't erase poverty."
"Make your life rich in service to others."
As “just a kid from Brooklyn," Kalimah Priforce is codebreaking human potential as founder of Qeyno Group, an education think tank of hacktivists closing the digital divide - once and for all. At the forefront of making “Wakanda” a culture of inclusive innovation in the lives of low-opportunity youth across the globe, Kalimah launched the first nationally-televised hackathon in the MSNBC mini-documentary, "Swimming in Their Genius,” and has been featured on the cover of USA Today and the indie award-winning film "Code Oakland.”
Recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change, Kalimah sits on the National Advisory Council for Forward Promise (an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), is a 2013 Echoing Green fellow, and awarded the 40 Under 40: Tech Diversity for Silicon Valley.