About Us

Our Mission

DevelopIT's mission is about inspiring students to pursue their passions from an early age and helping them to fulfill their dream of becoming future leaders in the field of technology and computer science. We provide our students with the chance to become connected with the world of technology through hands-on learning in exciting lessons taught by fellow students and volunteers.

 

By joining DevelopIT, we hope students and young minds can have the opportunity to challenge themselves and participate in non-traditional knowledge-sharing in a collaborative environment outside of their normal classrooms. Additionally, through our student led model, we at DevelopIT are also committed to providing middle and high schoolers with an early chance to not only strengthen their leadership skills through spearheading their own school branches, but also contributing back to society through providing volunteer educational services to younger students. Together, the DevelopIT community will empower our students with the ability to discover their true potential as future leaders in the field of technology.

Who We Are

DevelopIT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is aimed to empower students who are interested in computer science to pursue their dreams. Our program is completely free, and students of all ages can be involved. Please see below for an introduction to our team. If you're interested in what we do, apply to be a part of us!

Core Leadership Team

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Kevin Song

CEO and Founder

Kevin Song, Founder, CEO, and Poolesville HS Branch Manager of DevelopIT Inc., has had a passion for technology and computer science since an early age. His favorite hobby has always been identifying and learning about the newest technological innovations and seeing how they affect and improve our everyday lives. Kevin has over 8 years of programming experience and is fluent in HTML, CSS, Java, Javascript, and Python. Through DevelopIT, he hopes to spread his passion to younger underserved students, jumpstarting their interest in technology and preparing them to be the future leaders of this field. 

 

Outside of DevelopIT, Kevin enjoys swimming, tennis, playing piano, leading a computer science club at his school, and tutoring underserved kids. He is also a published author of his own science fiction series.

Meghna Pandey

Chief Media Officer

Meghna is the Chief Media Officer of DevelopIT Inc. She is currently a junior at Richard Montgomery High School and is part of the International Baccalaureate Program. She has a passion for teaching younger students and has many years of educating students in science and piano. She hopes to share the knowledge that she has acquired with the younger generation. As Chief Media Officer of the DevelopIT team, she looks forward to supporting other students who are interested in subjects that pertain to computer science and technology.

 

Meghna has been extremely active in the community, by participating in organizations such as UNICEF and KAST. She also has a keen interest in medical sciences and hopes to pursue a similar field. 

Jennifer Ren

Chief Technology Officer​

Jennifer Ren is the Chief Technology Officer and Montgomery Blair Branch Manager of DevelopIT Inc. She is currently a junior in the STEM Magnet Program at Blair. Jennifer is very passionate about helping others and especially loves working with kids. As marketing team associate editor for BranchOut!, she has developed curriculums to promote STEM education among underprivileged youth in DC, as well as taught an elementary classroom in rural China. In a world where education is so fundamental, it is essential that children have effective teachers who can inspire and prepare them for the future, something Jennifer aspires to do as part of the Develop IT team.

 

Additionally, Jennifer is a member of Strathmore Children's Chorus, Jinling Dance Company, and her school’s Science Olympiad team, and enjoys photography and baking.

Om Pathak

Chief Information Officer

Om Pathak is the Chief Information Officer and Paint Branch Branch Manager of DevelopIT inc. He is currently a senior at Paint Branch High School. He is passionate about physics and computer science and wants to pursue the same after high school. He is also a manager at KID Museum, where he teaches young students to program and develop robots. He loves to hang out and motivate kids to pursue their goals. As the Chief Information Officer, he will help in creating a general curriculum for students and market our mission to the community. He believes that for anyone to be successful in today’s world, they need some basic knowledge of computer science. 

Moreover, he is a professional cricketer and plays for a local club. He also plays baseball for Paint Branch and leads the DECA Chapter of Paint Branch. He is also a budding entrepreneur and works with his dad to expand the family business.

Board of Directors and External Advisors

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Becky Song
Chairperson of the Board

Becky Song is the Chairperson of the Board at DevelopIT.

 

She is also the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mazing Consulting, an international educational consulting company. Becky began her career as a consultant at a Big Four consulting firm and is highly experienced in providing business analytical services and designing effective solutions to support the business strategy of her clients. She has served numerous Fortune 500, government, and international clients.

 

Becky graduated from Vanderbilt University, where she studied Mathematics and Economics. She is currently pursuing her MBA at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Personally, she is passionate about making a difference in the community, and is fluent in English, Chinese, and Spanish.

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Xiuping Chu
Executive Technology Advisor

Xiuping Chu is the Executive Technology Advisor to the core leadership team at DevelopIT, and has over 30 years of experience in the technology and computer science field.

 

She is fluent in many different programming languages such as Java, HTML, SQL, C+, Oracle Database, and SAS. Xiuping has a passion for computer science and hopes to share this passion with developing tech leaders, inspiring them to pursue their interests in this field. 

 

In her free time, she enjoys taking a dive into a new adventure through reading novels, watching movies, and listening to other people's stories.