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SXSW Interactive 2015

Diversifying the Tech Workforce: Impact at Scale

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 underrepresented groups are in critical need of access to 21st Century skills for success. This panel, a follow-up from a successful 2014 SXSW panel, explores both the needs and the solutions to diversifying our U.S. tech workforce and building a tech pipeline. It will also include a discussion of how far we’ve come since last year and dive deeper into the question of bringing our respective efforts and impact to scale.

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  1. What is the current state of the tech workforce? How representative of our society is it?
  2. Why does diversity in the tech sector matter today? How do we all benefit from a more representative workforce?
  3. What does today’s tech pipeline look like, and how can we address this “leaky pipeline”?
  4. Who and how are the people and organizations addressing this issue today? What has the impact been over time and over the last year?
  5. How do we coordinate and scale our efforts to ensure a more inclusive and equitable tech workforce future?



Tiffany Price, Strategic Partnerships and Grants Manager, Kapor Center for Social Impact

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  • Tags: diversity, tech
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Diversity and Emerging Markets
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner
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