Benjamin Williams

Wrestling with problems that challenge me to problem solve and think creatively excites me. But even more exciting is the discovery, creation and distribution of new technology.

Technology is fun, interesting and I love the way it helps me explore, communicate with, and better understand the world.

My dream is to become a recognized innovator and contributor to future, practical technology. I look forward to challenging internships and hope to one day work with current leaders and innovators in the field.

After graduating from Stanford in 2018, I plan to make my own unique mark on the world and start my own tech company or help direct an existing company. After I am established in my career, it is my dream to have a scholarship and mentoring program for underserved inner-city students in Chicago.

I take great pride in community service and outreach as I firmly believe giving back is the only true and sustainable way to bring about change in society.

I'm also a professional hip-hop dancer, video editor, and aspiring musician.

TEDx Stanford 2017 + Benjamin Williams

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"Benjamin is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and professional hip-hop dancer. He enjoys problem-solving and thinking creatively, and uses both to advocate for diversity in STEM. As a software engineer, he has worked at Google, Walker & Company Brands, and beginning this summer, The New York Times. Before developing his passion for tech, Benjamin performed for the Chicago Bulls’ halftime shows and with premier hip-hop dance troupes around the U.S. He also produced a documentary surveying gun violence on the South and West sides of Chicago. From this experience, he developed a strong belief in service and community engagement as the best agent for societal change." 

Debugging Code(switching): My Experiences as a Black Computer Science Student at Stanford University

Codeswitching in computer science is like playing a game of Minesweeper. Ask the wrong question and look a little stupid? Boom. Missing or showing up late to a class where you’re one of seven Black people in it? Bang. Checking your professor after being the only person that catches a culturally insensitive analogy? Game over.

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