Making a Difference

USC Viterbi senior Brian Kim, founder of HackSC and a KPCB Fellow, leverages technology to make the world a better place

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 2.24.36 PMBrian Kim believes in technology. His self-described mission is to unleash its transformative powers to improve the world.

That’s why the USC Viterbi double major in computer engineering and computer science founded the successful hackathon HackSC. Kim, a senior, also served as engineering manager for Code the Change, which provides local nonprofits with technical expertise to allow them to expand their outreach and effectiveness.

“He’s a role model for what we want our Trojans to be: strong leaders, compassionate, bright-minded and with a good work ethic,” said Mark Redekopp, an associate professor of engineering practice who has had Kim in three classes and serves as faculty adviser to Code the Change.

The venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, in recognition of Kim’s intellect (he carries a 3.92 GPA.), extracurricular activities and overall potential, named him a KPCB Fellow — one of only 82 chosen from among 2,500 applicants from more than 200 universities nationwide.

Kim spent the summer working for the Silicon Valley education company Coursera, a Kleiner Perkins-funded firm that partners with universities to provide free online courses. He plans to join Gofundme after graduation.

Kim has long volunteered his time and energy to helping others. As a student at prestigious Troy High School in Fullerton, California, he founded and presided over Troy’s first robotics club, which won the Rookie Inspiration Award for the Southern California region. He also served food on weekends at a local homeless shelter.

“I derive great personal satisfaction contributing to the world,” Kim