Ashish Gadnis spent his childhood in a slum in Mumbai before moving to the United States where he successfully started and sold several companies. Now his goal is to eradicate world poverty. During last week's Executives Club, he shared with Quad Cities' business leaders his strategy to make a difference and how it can be implemented in the Quad Cities.
Gadnis is opening small coding hubs in communities around the world, proclaiming that a coding education provides a means to making a living and perhaps more importantly, hope. In coding hubs, people of all ages and backgrounds are learning basic coding skills that will enable them to find employment.
In small group meetings following Executives Club, Gadnis met with leaders from throughout the Quad Cities to discuss how the model of opening coding hubs in neighborhoods could open up more employment opportunities for residents while also developing a technology workforce. One of the findings that emerged from research done for Q2030: A Regional Action plan is that income disparity is rising in the Quad Cities just as it is in the rest of the country. Leaders in the Quad Cities are collectively identifying strategies to decrease poverty, and Gadnis' insightful presentation presented an opportunity to evaluate.