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Hacking the Racial Divide: Technology Education

The technology industry has a huge problem -- diversity. In Silicon Valley, one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial environments in the world, there’s a severe underrepresentation of people of color. But it's not just a local problem. African Americans and Latinos only represent less than 10% of the technology industry.

Yet, the sector is experiencing massive growth. There will be 1.4 million computing jobs by 2020.

Telegraph Academy, an accelerated coding bootcamp -- in partnership with leading coding school Hack Reactor and born from the White House's TechHire initiative -- addresses this problem by fast-tracking software engineering careers for people of color.

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  1. How far-reaching is the diversity problem within technology and what are the ramifications?
  2. What are the solutions to getting people of color into technology (i.e. software engineering roles)?
  3. What is a coding school and how is it different than online degrees, technical colleges and four year programs?



Rachel Rocero, PR & Events Mgr, Hack Reactor/Telegraph Academy

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