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 held 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 that began with transforming children's lives towards mindfulness of their path and purpose.
"It isn't innovation if it doesn't erase poverty."
"Make your life rich in service to others."
Kalimah Priforce is just a kid from Brooklyn committed to eliminating barriers to human potential as the Headmaster CEO and Founder of Qeyno Group - an independent global think tank for inclusive innovation. Qeyno is also home to Hackathon Academy, the first pop-up school that prepares youth and their mentors to build web and mobile apps together that solve the world's biggest problems. From Tech EQuity Week to Moonshot Q, Qeyno believes in a future that brings magical opportunity for all.
Kalimah's brand of inclusive hacktivism has been featured on the cover of USA Today, the MSNBC mini-documentary, "Swimming in Their Genius", indie award winning film "Code Oakland" and recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change. He is a 2013 Echoing Green fellow and awarded the 40 Under 40: Tech Diversity for Silicon Valley. He is a member of the National Advisory Council for Forward Promise, a fund based out of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Fellows Advisory Council for Echoing Green.