Harvard students partner with U.S. government to address digital skills gaps

Neel Mehta, a senior computer science major at Harvard University, started a fully funded data science and technology internship program in federal agencies.
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Marquis Cabrera is a software engineer pursuing a career in the health and human services field. He is passionate about technological social innovation. At 16 years old, he engineered a computer program that produced IDs used to increase school district security in Middletown, New York.

At 24, Marquis was the youngest to win Massachusetts Innovator of the Year (Boston Globe) and Massachusetts Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year (MNN) for founding Foster Skills, a social enterprise supported by Microsoft, AOL and State Farm that develops innovations, like RateMyFosterHome.Com, intended to help state governments improve the child welfare system.

Marquis is the co-founder and Chairman of PhysioCare.io, a healthcare startup disrupting $19 billion primary care industry. Earlier in his career, Marquis worked at City Year, Massachusetts Appeals and Supreme Courts, and The White House. He also worked for three startups: Case Commons, where he worked on product team; Y-Combinator's Wefunder, where he vetted 300+ startups; and Wayfair (NYSE: W), where he consulted in retail operations and corporate communications. Marquis coached Black Startup, Harper Lei and Krystal Board.

Marquis was a plenary speaker at the Boston Children's Hospital Management Rounds, United Way Youth Venture Kick-Off, and his TEDx talk at Columbia University on "How To Build a Social Enterprise" received 30,000+ views. He was featured in Reuters, NPR, and Forbes. Marquis blogs for Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Marquis was nominated by Honorable Hillary Clinton and Maurice Hinchey to the Air Force Academy, but decided to study under Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Roderick Ireland at Northeastern University, where he graduated with high honors. Besides work, he loves playing scrabble and basketball, snowboarding and dancing salsa. Link to personal site: www.marque.strikingly.com.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Marquis Cabrera and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.