Jax resident named to White House LGBTQ Tech & Innovation Summit


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – When the White House put out the call for the top minds in technology and innovation in the LGBTQ world, people across northeast Florida suggested Kaki Flynn, a graduate of Stanton College Prep and Florida State University.

Amelia Island Mayor Johnny Miller, CNN legal expert Janet Johnson; U.S. Navy Submarine Captain, American Polar Society president and Bolles alum Alfred Scott McLaren as well as a Stanton College Prep alumni and a former film camp student of Flynn's are just some of the people who nominated Flynn.

Flynn is currently the only person representing Florida for next week's summit. Others attending will be White House Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and top technology companies from around the United States.

Flynn's accomplishments include:

  • Four NASA Workshops, including one with Astronaut and Florida resident Nicole Stott
  • Tech & Public Relations Team for 4 Games for the U.S. Olympic Committee
  •  Organized Hackathon for Girls for the U.S. Department of State Division of Global Partnerships & Ocean Explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle's company DOER Marine
  • Mentor at Space Symposium for a U.S. Air Force cyber-security high school competition
  • Personally funded and hosted a Disney Film Director Workshop with George Scribner for Jacksonville
  •  Recognition for going above and beyond as an Outward Bound instructor working with youth in Florida's juvenile justice system.

Flynn is excited about being invited to the Nov. 17 summit and is hoping she can inspire local LGBTQ youth to have faith that being true to themselves does have good consequences and convince top technology companies to bring work to Florida.

She is asking the people of Northeast Florida for help getting to the summit by contributing on her GoFundMe page. People can also donate airline miles to help with her airplane ticket.