Future Founders: VR Fellowship

Developed as an approach to learn more about new approaches to adaptive talent development for the future of work, this paid fellowship aims to increase the participation of marginalized populations in the innovation economy while providing increased wages and employable skills.

Target Participants

  • City of Seattle resident
  • 18-24 years old
  • HS Graduate or GED equivalent
  • From historically underrepresented community
  • Demonstrated interest in technology careers
  • Ability to work full-time for 6 months
Future Founders VR Fellowship 2018 (Photo Credit: Nate Gowdy)
Future Founders VR Fellowship 2018 (Photo Credit: Nate Gowdy)

VR Fellows

Hafsa Don - Future Founders VR Fellowship (Credit: Nate Gowdy)

Hafsa Don

Animator and Computer Scientist

Hafsa is a freshmen at Seattle Central College who is working to get her AAs in computer science. She enjoys the creative freedom of the computer science field and began exploring this journey in her Junior year of high school. Currently she is a Future Founder VR fellow learning to develop software for Virtual Reality. Hafsa hopes to use technology to help her community and people.

Eduardo Rojas - Future Founders VR Fellowship (Credit: Nate Gowdy)

Eduardo Rojas

User Experience (UX) designer and Virtual Reality (VR) developer

Eduardo Rojas is a User Experience (UX) designer and Virtual Reality (VR) developer. He is passionate about creating value-centered solutions to promote health, wellbeing, and productivity. Eduardo is currently an administrator for Rojas Plastering LLC, and a fellow at the Future Founders VR Fellowship. After the fellowship, Eduardo seeks to work as a UX and VR Designer and explore the ethics of immersive technologies.

Julie Le - Future Founders VR Fellowship (Credit: Nate Gowdy)

Julie Le


Julie Le is a curious individual who is in the midst of figuring out her passions and career interests. She received her Associates in Arts and Sciences from Tacoma Community College and has recently received her certification in Database Analytics from Bellevue College. She is currently a part of the Future Founder VR Fellowship working on developing an educational game in virtual reality.

Jakari Brown - Future Founders VR Fellowship (Credit: Nate Gowdy)

Jakari Brown

Creative Director

Jakari Brown is a self-taught web developer and current Future Founder VR fellow. He began teaching himself web development in the beginning of 2018 and in less than a year he has developed 9 websites. Jakari is passionate about technology because it allows him to be creative and produce concrete results. He is hoping to find a software development job with opportunities for growth.

Beverly Aarons

writer and game developer

Beverly Aarons is a writer and game developer. She works across disciplines as a copywriter, journalist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and short story writer. She began her writing journey at 14 years old when she worked as a youth reporter for the Chicago Defender, one of the oldest African American newspapers in the U.S. She’s won several awards and grants for her work including the Guy A. Hanks, Marvin H. Miller Screenwriting Award, Community 4Culture Fellowship, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture smART Ventures grant.  She explores futuristic worlds in fiction but also enjoys discovering the stories of modern day unsung heroes. She’s currently working on a series of nonfiction stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their local communities and the world. In August 2018 she produced a live action game and event where community members worked together to envision an economic future they truly desired to leave future generations. She’s currently learning how to create interactive experiences in XR. After solidifying her programming and XR skills, she hopes to continue developing her game Rent Hike, an exploration into life as a renter in Seattle, and to create new interactive experiences that inform and inspire.

David Sauvion - RBAC
David Sauvion – RBAC

David Sauvion

Food Innovation District Strategist at Rainier Beach Action Coalition

David is an architect and urban designer whose work in the private sector provided clear insight of the social disparities across the City. He has since transitioned to the non-profit world and acts as the Food Innovation District Strategist for the Rainier Beach Action Coalition, a neighborhood-based organization, which he co-founded in 2012. David has lived in London and Paris and holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from La Villette School of Architecture in Paris. He is a Steering Committee member of South Communities Organizing Regional/Racial Equity (S-CORE), Communities of Opportunity, and the Regional Equity Network.

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David Harris

Startup Advocate City of Seattle, Office of Economic Development

Since 2015, he has worked with the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development as their Startup Advocate. In 2016, his participation in Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program, as well as the White House Summit on Building the Tech Workforce of Tomorrow, inspired his participation in other projects on cross-sector collaboration and the future of work.

In 2018, David and thirty others served as mentors for the German Marshall Fund’s Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative, and also graduated from the University of Washington with a Master of Science in Human Centered Design and Engineering. His current interest include circular economy product and service design, shared mobility through decentralized technology, and platform cooperativism.

David recently graduated from the University of Washington with a Master of Science in Human Centered Design and Engineering in 2018. His current interest include circular economy product and service design, as well as shared mobility through decentralized technology.

His recent awards include

Crosscut Courage Award – Technology (2017)
National Urban League Young Professionals: “Heroes in the Movement” Award (2016)
University of Michigan Black Alumni Award: “Making a Difference – Technology” (2015)
The Seattle Weekly Best Tech Idea (2015)
Geekwire Awards: “Geek of the Year” Finalist (2015)
Seattle Magazine: 51 Most Influential in Seattle (2014)

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David Harris - OED Headshots (Credit - Nate Gowdy)
David Harris – OED Headshots (Credit – Nate Gowdy)

Kevin Kaymak
Kevin Kaymak

Kevin Kaymak

Future Founders – VR Fellowship: Help Desk

Kevin Kaymak born in ’94 and is working together with several gaming companies all around the globe. He is working in different programming languages such as visual basic and c#. He has developed several games over the years such as 2D/3D MMORPG’s and several Simulation Games. He is currently teaching network development on his youtube channel.

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Tutorials and More

Unity3D Multi-client Networking

These are the topics for Unity3D multi-client networking, which covers details in development overall.

Basic Programming Training: Data Types Classes Structures Variables Strings Arrays Switches Loops Working with Arrays Working with Loops Working with Switches Enums Constants Building Functions Overloads Singletons Static Catching Errors Stream I/O Writing Data to File (.txt/.xml/Binary) Loading Data from File (.txt/.xml/Binary) Method Parameters Working with Nullable Types Thinking like a programmer Develop a Console Application Software

Network Training: Understand Networking (TCP/UDP IP-Protocols) Sockets TCPListener TCPClient NetworkStream ByteBuffer Client Class Connection Between Server/Client Multiple Client Connection Accept Multiple Clients Multi-Threading Receive Network Information Send Network Information Handle Data Network Packets Send Data Receive Data MySQL Chat Software