Exceptional Community Leader
Since moving to Cincinnati in 2002, Michael has been dedicated to giving back to the comunity he now calls home. He has focused on supporting underpriviledged youth STEM education. By creating initiatives like "Code for Kids" and Robotics Summer Camps, Michael is working with low-income schools and neighborhoods to narrow the digital divide and empower local students to prepare for careers in the high-tech world of tomorrow. In the West End he has created a "High-Tech Education Hub" by introducing robotics and computer coding to children in the Ted Berry Head Start at Hays-Porter Elementary School, who will be able to continue their high-tech education at Taft Information High School.
He is actively involved in promoting innovation through smart city concepts in Cincinnati, and is currently leading the Cincinnati Education SuperCluster Alliance, as part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SuperCluster Alliance initiative focused on smart city technologies.
As a big fan of open source, he coordinates an internationally known content management system called XOOPS (www.xoops.org).
SWORWIB Board Member, Michael Beck was an Award Recipient at the 54th Annual Luncheon of the Community Action Agency held in November. Michael was recognizied as an exceptional community leader for his work in technology education for everyone an re-recognized at the November SWORWIB