ALI KARBASSI

ALI KARBASSI

ALI KARBASSI

Founder & CEO, We all code, USA | Founder & CEO, We all code, USA

Ali Karbassi is the Founder and CEO of We All Code . We All Code is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to sparking curiosity in coding among kids aged 7 to 17, with a particular focus on girls, students of color, and low-income students. Our mission is to introduce a diverse group of children to the fun of coding by providing free educational resources and hands-on classes. Ali founded We All Code in 2013 after 10 years in the corporate sector, working in the advertising and tech industries, as well as a startup focused on the “Internet of Things.” Throughout his career, he noticed how few women and persons of color worked professionally in his field. He founded We All Code, in part, to spark an interest in programming skills in minorities, girls, and students from low-income families.  Ali is also an adjunct professor at IIT Institute of Design —the New Bauhaus—a graduate school teaching systemic, human-centered design.

Additionally, Ali runs the monthly sold-out public speaking event Ignite Talks Chicago.