On the surface, when one looks at the list of accomplishments, The CyberCode Twins are on a fast, high trajectory. TEDx talks. Awards from tech competitions and hacks such as the NASA International SpaceApp Challenge, AT&T Developer Summit, and recently a top-15 world finalist for IBM Global Mobile Innovator Tournament.
When one looks deeper (and one must look deeper), it's obvious that 25-year-old twin sisters America and Penelope Lopez are doing more than just taking home well-deserved accolades. They are right in the middle of a movement to share their talent and wisdom — and to give greater access to the technology world, especially for Latina women. Their keynotes for Girls Who Code, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, in addition to the awards, are testament to never giving up.
And even though their world is moving fast, they are grounded.
Raised in East Los Angeles, the sisters are deeply proud of their heritage and celebrate where they come from — showing that great talent is truly everywhere, just waiting to be discovered. Along the way, America and Penelope have developed a strong community of support, from special ed teachers to an entire world of technologists ready, willing and able to help.
Leaders in the truest sense of the word, there is no doubt that we’ll keep hearing about how The CyberCode Twins will continue to transform access and inspire positive momentum for as many people as possible around the world — but never far from East LA, where their hearts will always be.
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Interesting things mentioned in the show:
- East Los Angeles
- NASA International SpaceApp Challenge
- AT&T Developer Summit
- AT&T Developer Summit Mexico
- IBM Global Mobile Innovator Tournament
- Girls Who Code
- Hispanic Heritage Foundation
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
- LA's Best