SXSW 2020

Unlikely Coalitions Recoding the Tech Economy


The tech sector catalyzes new wealth, jobs, and solutions to pressing problems. At the same time, we find ourselves living in times where unequal access to tech opportunities for people of color widens economic inequity for generations to come. The barriers that leave people of color out of the tech economy also require strategic doers, optimistic collaborators, and radical visionaries to transform the system that produces the next generation of tech talent and entrepreneurs. This panel brings together leaders from unlikely coalitions in cities across the U.S. who are rebuilding the tech economy to be more inclusive from the ground up.

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  1. Understand how the growth of the tech sector impacts underrepresented people of color from gaining access to tech careers or launching startups.
  2. Identify strategies for interventions that provide gap closing access to tech opportunities through public and private partnerships.
  3. Share an emerging strategic priority framework to build inclusive tech ecosystems that increase racial and gender parity in the technology sector.



Sergio Rosas, Program Lead, Tech Done Right National Challenge, Kapor Center

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Tech Industry & Enterprise
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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