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How To Break Into Tech With A Nontraditional Background

Nontraditional backgrounds don’t preclude success in the tech industry.

Aug 8, 2023

OneTen Pledges 3,500 Tech Scholarships To Support Underserved Black Talent

To provide a space for Black talent in tech, OneTen — a group of industry executives aiming to hire and build Black individuals to create an equitable and inclusive workforce — has launched its inaugural scholarship program to provide support for over 3,500 students over the next two years, a press release states. The program was created to spearhead underserved Black talent toward the tech industry — with a focus on four core tech competencies: digital marketing, business analytics, front end developer, and predictive analytics — despite not acquiring four-year degrees. “By investing in talent transformation, we can help remove the barriers to diversity in tech. By providing access to resources that are designed to nurture and develop people’s skills, we can help get more Black talent into the technology space,” Dennis Schultz, Executive Director of the BIT Foundation, said in a press release. As a contribution toward OneTen’s commitment, Udacity and Blacks In Technology will lend...

Oct 18, 2021

Global Software Company BMC Expands BreakLine Sponsorship to Create Minority Tech Education Program

Global software company BMC has announced expansion plans for its current sponsorship of the BreakLine Technology Education program. BMC has been named a founding sponsor of BreakLine Apex to focus on helping veterans, women, and people of color establish careers in the tech industry. According to a news release , BreakLine Apex is a new education-focused program that leads recruitment, coaching, and mentorship of talented people of color, with a special focus on Black and Latinx candidates being considered for various technical and business roles in top tech companies worldwide. “BMC and BreakLine have successfully partnered together since 2017 to create pathways to opportunity for people from all backgrounds and experiences, and to increase diversity in tech,” said Bethany Coates, CEO of BreakLine, in a statement . “Over the course of our collaboration, BMC has hired many veterans from BreakLine, across a range of roles, from sales to communications, and they’ve already hired a...

Nov 11, 2020

IBM Partners With HBCUs As Part of $100M Initiative to Diversify Tech Workforce

The tech industry is tapping tomorrow’s future leaders for a powerful plan to innovate the space for all. Last week, Computer hardware company IBM (International Business Machines) announced a joint educational partnership with esteemed schools such as Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University for their new innovative plan of action. In an effort to develop its first Quantum education and research initiative for HBCUs, IBM has pledged a $100 million investment aimed toward driving more diversity and inclusion in the tech workforce, a press release reports. “We believe that in order to expand opportunity for diverse populations, we need a diverse talent pipeline of the next generation of tech leaders from HBCUs,” said Carla Grant Pickens, Chief Global Diversity & Inclusion Officer at IBM, in a statement . “Diversity and inclusion is what fuels innovation and students from HBCUs will be positioned to play a...

Sep 22, 2020

Black Women Talk Tech is Disrupting the Industry by Creating a Safe Space for Black Businesswomen

For years Black women have fought for a seat at the table in their respective industries. People of color are often excluded and neglected in the tech industry thus proving it difficult to find safe spaces to convene together. The disparity for Black women in tech has made it a struggle to level the playing field across the board, but these three founders created a platform to disrupt the lack of diversity in tech and empower Black women looking to grow billion-dollar enterprises. Esosa Ighodaro, Lauren Washington, and Regina Gwynn all recognized the challenges that many Black women face trying to launch and maintain businesses when they first met. They then banded together to create Black Women Talk Tech (BWTT), an organization founded to connect Black women in the tech industry and provide them with the tools they need to be successful business owners. Established in 2017, the organization has grown to expand into 10 local chapters in cities across the country with one overseas in...

Mar 24, 2020

Gender Inequality in the Tech Industry: Doing More Means Making More

The gender gap in the tech industry has long sparked conversation. Thanks to two executives, the conversation just got more upbeat. In a recent TechCrunch article , Girls in Tech Founder and CEO Adriana Gascoigne revealed that progress is happening, and for one reason : revenue generation. Citing a 2017 study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, Gascoigne revealed that due to innovation, companies with diverse management teams have 19 percent higher revenue. That discovery may cause many tech shops to pursue diversity initiatives more assiduously. Maddox Events co-founder Michaela Jeffery-Morrison would agree that tech companies need to do more. Jeffery-Morrison established Maddox Events as a way of creating events to encourage diversity. Gascoigne founded Girls in Tech in 2007 after observing a paucity of female counterparts in her field. The mission of the global nonprofit is “to put an end to gender inequality in high-tech industries and startups .” Now, in its twelfth year,...

Dec 18, 2019

Silicon Valley Is Finding It Harder To Recruit and Retain Workers, Study Finds

When it comes to the tech industry, Silicon Valley has long reigned as the place to be. However, new research shows things may now be changing. A report by the Brunswick Group has found that Silicon Valley is having difficulties locating new workers, and this may cause issues for the area’s future. For the report, the Brunswick Group surveyed 300 tech workers employed in Silicon Valley in order to understand the industry’s health, market opportunities, impending threats and more. Researchers found that 74 percent of tech workers expect China to be the most serious rival to the San Francisco Bay Area. Respondents also named Austin, Texas, to most likely rival within the United States. This should come as no surprise, especially with Amazon now expanding its Austin Tech Hub . Outside of Austin, cities like Atlanta, Georgia and Raleigh, North Carolina are also becoming major tech hubs . This year, Google even announced plans to expand its Atlanta office . Another thing that came up in...

Apr 8, 2019