A New Approach to Changing the Ratio in Tech - Breaking Barriers Through Open Source

This Dot launches the open source apprentice program in hopes of creating a more inclusive tech community.
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - July 2, 2019 - PRLog -- This Dot, a prominent women run development consultancy, announces the launch of their Open Source Apprentice Program which provides a pathway for companies to invest in changing the ratio in tech.

While boot camps have helped underrepresented minorities get into tech averaging a 43% female and 25% black/latino demographic (Course Report (https://theundercoverrecruiter.com/bootcamp-grads-diversity/)), only half of those who graduate are able to find employment in a reasonable time (Dice (https://insights.dice.com/2018/03/14/bootcamp-grads-trouble-finding-work/)).

As the diversity ratio continues to be off-balance, the money companies like Google and Microsoft spend on development in open source grows exponentially. It makes business sense; data points being Google's open source framework Angular, averaging over 1.5 million users monthly and Facebook's open source library React which supports over 20 million monthly downloads. Now, with This Dot's Open Source Apprentice Program, companies can direct the extensive work needed to be done to support users of these technologies to the pipeline of women in tech waiting for a chance to get in the door of their first tech job.

The program provides a myriad of solutions, including a diverse pipeline of candidates, candidate vetting to prevent interview bias from hiring managers, and providing mentorship needed to create inclusive environments for underrepresented minorities to thrive.

"This is a great way for companies to invest into open source projects. Tell us your objectives, and we will work with open source maintainers to get the work done with our apprentices. Our hope is companies see this as a solution to their business needs and also a way to change their diversity ratios now. The best part about the program is that, you can hire our apprentices after you work with them." says Tracy Lee, Lead at This Dot Labs.

This Dot has successful partnerships and contributions with multiple open source projects associated with Airbnb, Preact, Vue, NgRx, NativeScript, Angular, VMWare, Treebo Hotels, Applitools, and more.

"The apprentice program is not just for open source projects. In fact, Eva Howe, of This Dot explains the process, "This Dot will interview and hire junior developer apprentices and pair them with a senior developer mentor. The apprentice comes to work at your company for 40 hours a week and you get the added bonus of a senior developer mentor to check their work and help them through problems 20 hours a week."

Some of the key things apprentices learn during Hire the Fempire include the following:

• Real world experience
• Pull Requests and Code reviews: The etiquette surrounding them and how to give them even when you are more junior.
• Testing - The key to good code you can maintain is to write proper tests.
• When to ask for help and when to try to find the answer yourself.
• How to help organize and prioritize the team's workflow by backlog grooming, sprint planning and story pointing.
• How to creatively solve complex problems.
• Accurately evaluating your skills in a certain area.
• How to work well within a team structure.

Tracy Lee, This Dot, Founder, & RxJS Core Team said, "At This Dot, we do things differently. We're a woman-owned company, so hiring and promoting women is in our DNA. With a team comprised of 50% female employees, we've seen firsthand what a diverse team can do for our own company-- and our bottom line. And we'd love to share this experience with you." She continues, "Having a diverse development team is the right thing to do. In order to increase diversity, companies need to hire more junior developers to create a pipeline for senior women developers."

This Dot is asking companies and junior developers to enroll is in this much needed program. To do so please contact eva@thisdot.co or visit https://www.thisdot.co/hirethefempire.

This Dot Inc. is a consulting company which contains two branches : the media stream and labs stream. This Dot Media is the portion responsible for keeping developers up to date with advancements in the web platform. In order to inform authors of new releases or changes made to frameworks/libraries, events are hosted, and videos, articles, & podcasts are published. Meanwhile, This Dot Labs provides teams with web platform expertise using methods such as mentoring and training.

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