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Black Girls Code and Phil Ting Team Up for Diversity in Tech Event
In an effort to empower women and underrepresented communities in the technology field, Reset San Francisco is sponsoring an event featuring a conversation between its Founder Phil Ting and Kimberly Bryant the Founder of Black Girls Code.
By: Kimberly Bryant
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- FEBRUARY 27, 2012-- In an effort to empower women and underrepresented communities in the technology field, Reset San Francisco is sponsoring an event featuring a conversation between its Founder Phil Ting and Kimberly Bryant the Founder of Black Girls Code—an organization that prepares young women of color from age 7-14 to ‘become the masters of their technological universe’. The event will be held at Hub San Francisco (901 Mission Street, San Francisco) on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00p.m. The event will also serve as the 2012 launch for Black Girls Code, as it aims to raise awareness about its mission and cause along with other new organizations that address the shortage of women and minorities in the technology field.
The organizers hope this event will serve as a conduit for a network of supporters, who are committed to partnering with small businesses and non-profit organizations, who work to empower communities and work to close the digital divide. “Our mission is to empower young women of color to make a real contribution in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
Addressing his support and participation in this event, Phil Ting states, “This event will bring thought leaders, social entrepreneurs and leading tech innovators to join the conversation on how to expose the next generation to the opportunities that abound in the technology field. These are the next generation of entrepreneurs in San Francisco, who will create jobs and stimulate the economy. But in a time when many are struggling to find affordable housing and employment, these marginalized communities are either moving out of the city or learning to persevere without resources. We need to train, empower and cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurs and work to preserve the city’s diversity by promoting and retaining these innovative leaders.”
“Although the digital divide is steadily eroding, tremendous barriers remain for the entry of women and minorities into the various technology and STEM fields,” adds Bryant. “Our program is designed to help build a future for very bright yet often very isolated young ladies by connecting them with visionary members of the technology community to foster opportunities for their continued exposure to STEM fields such as computer programming and the eventual entry into the workforce as tech entrepreneurs and leaders.”
The event is free and open to the public. Registration and RSVP is highly encouraged.
About Black Girls Code:
Black Girls Code was founded in 2011 to introduce girls of color from underrepresented communities between the ages of 7–14 to computer programming, through workshops and after school programs that teach basic programming skills. Future activities of Black Girls Code will include field trips to area tech companies and startups. The organization looks to expand and expose the girls to more opportunities for learning and growth by seeking corporate sponsorships and partnerships with software companies, hardware manufacturers and community organizations;
About Reset San Francisco:
Reset San Francisco is an online community using the latest web 2.0 tools to bring San Franciscans together around ideas and solutions – and to hit the reset button on San Francisco’s governing structure.