Internet Pioneer Estrin to Speak at RailsBridge Fundraiser hosted by Galvanize

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SAN FRANCISCO - March 26, 2014 - PRLog -- Internet pioneer and Silicon Valley leader Judy Estrin will be the keynote speaker at an event hosted by RailsBridge, a San Francisco-based non-profit focused on fostering diversity in tech, and Galvanize, a startup ecosystem for digital entrepreneurs. The event will take place at Galvanize, 543 Howard Street in downtown San Francisco on April 7th, 2104.  There will be a VIP dinner at 6 pm, followed by the main event at 7:30 pm.

Estrin has co-founded eight technology companies and served as the CTO of Cisco Systems as well as on the boards of directors of The Walt Disney Company and FedEx Corporation.   While at Stanford, she was a member of the research team, led by Vint Cerf, that developed the initial TCP protocols.  She was involved in the early standardization efforts of the Ethernet and a key player in developing the commercial local area network and internet markets.

She will share stories from the early days of the Internet, from the invention of TCP/IP in an academic setting, to creating one of the first commercial local area network systems, to building companies that defined the infrastructure for the World Wide Web of today.  Estrin will also share some thoughts about the state of innovation and the internet  looking forward.

The event will raise funds for RailsBridge, with matching funds to be provided by Vail Resorts.  Galvanize CEO, Jim Deters, was selected to participate in the Vail Ski Challenge and selected RailsBridge as its non-profit partner.

RailsBridge uses its funds to pay for food and childcare for its free events to teach coding to women and other underrepresented minorities in the tech industry.  RailsBridge also provides travel grants which allow volunteers to initiate workshops in new locations, and has spread to 42 cities across the globe over the past 5 years.

Tickets for the event are available:

About RailsBridge:

We teach people to code because we believe that the people making technology should reflect the diversity of those using it.  We believe in all kinds of diversity in tech: gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, and class. We value acceptance, enthusiasm, and hard work. The RailsBridge community thrives on optimism and a love for making great things.  RailsBridge is a 301c3 organization through Bridge Foundry, a program of School Factory, an organization that creates and supports communities and spaces that transform education.

About Galvanize:

Through collaborative-based community, an immersive software development skills platform (gSchool) and entrepreneur-focused educational programs, Galvanize creates a “co-learning” campus for digital entrepreneurs and innovators. Galvanize is harnessing the network effect for digital entrepreneurs with campuses in Denver, Boulder and San Francisco.

“The future of employment is increasingly digital and skills-based. At Galvanize and gSchool we have a created an immersive learning environment for efficiently equipping new workers with relevant and immediately employable software programming skills,” Deter said. “We are excited to partner with RailsBridge who share our passion for diversifying the talent base by creating educational programming and a community to support women in the field of software programming.”

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