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SXSW Interactive 2014

Diversifying the Tech Workforce

Every month, the tech industry adds about 9,600 jobs to the U.S. economy. By 2018, it will have added another 1.2 million new jobs, boasting an average salary of $78,000. But women make up just 22% of the computing workforce, and Latino and African-American workers each make up less than 5%.

Youth from under represented groups are in critical need of access to 21st Century skills for success. This panel features leaders of organizations working towards diversifying the technology workforce: Laura Weidman-Powers - Code2040, Kristen Titus - Girls Who Code and Ryan Seashore -CodeNow. Moderated by Jim Shelton, Acting Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.

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  1. Why is it important for today's youth to learn to code and where do your organizations fit in?
  2. Why is there not more diversity in the tech workforce?
  3. What roles do schools play in teaching technology skills?
  4. Why must the tech sector become more inclusive and diverse?
  5. In your experiences what are some of the obstacle students from under represented backgrounds face and what is the best way to overcome them?



Ryan Seashore, Founder / Executive Director, CodeNow

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  • Tags: tech, education, diversity
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Non-Profit and Activism
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginning
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