Pathways: Making Opportunity Accessible in Sacramento Pathways: Making Opportunity Accessible in Sacramento

Omonovie Okhade increased her wholesale jewelry orders ten times during her time at Hacker Lab. Richard Prasad found a developer position at Sacramento startup Jam Labz. Marz Hill made his first robot.

Sponsored via the Pathways scholarship by the City of Sacramento, Kaiser Permanente and SMUD, these entrepreneurs, designers, developers and dreamers moved closer to their goals of entering new fields, starting a new business or going to college.

Hacker Lab proudly announces: The second round of scholarships are now available for applicants facing challenges Hacker Lab can help them overcome.

Hacker Lab offers an innovative community workspace with access to mentorship, entrepreneurship, technology meetups and advanced-manufacturing prototyping equipment. With 24/7 access, anyone can make anything at Hacker Lab.

Are you interested in applying for Hacker Lab's Pathways programs? Click here (DEADLINE: Sept. 30). Sponsorship opportunities are also available — please get in touch by contacting Michael at [email protected]

Hacker Lab's Pathways began after the City of Sacramento sponsored 50 Hacker Lab memberships to increase regional economic development and workforce training by supporting the city's ambitious individuals from underserved Sacramento communities. Since then, members have improved their standing, developed prototypes, sold products, found new jobs, and more.

"I had no space to work. Hacker Lab provided me with an exciting and thought-provoking working environment and professional work space. In addition, it allowed me to meet people who mentored me on the spot," said Nathalie Mvondo, a participant last year. "I was able to complete the revision of a novel, used a coding class to make a multilingual book and found voiceover gigs to increase my revenue."

Applicants should want to measurably change their lives, either by entering a new higher-wage/STEM field, starting or furthering a new business or entering higher education. Applicants will receive 1-on-1 connection to help meet their goals, membership to Hacker Lab over 8 months and class credit to level-up skills, with a final showcase to show their transformation and related projects.

Learn more about Pathways in our slide deck below, consider sponsoring or apply today!

Apply here, or let us know if you'd like to join our sponsors.


Read about Omo and Janine Mapurunga's journey through the deck.


Last year's participants sought workspace, Hacker Lab tools and community.


Pathways provides a home base for participants to move forward in their missions.


Our process involves community support and mentorship. Pathways participants should be driven individuals focused on creating their next step.


Diversity matters, as Hacker Lab works to fill in the gaps of inequality by supporting underserved communities.


Hacker Lab sources applicants from partner organizations as well.


Our participants last year made significant strides in their development.


Words from our participants last year, who encouraged the program to grow.


Can you help support the evolution of Pathways? Contact us by emailing Michael at [email protected]


Interested in applying? Learn more and submit your application here!

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