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A Conversation: Racial Diversity in the Tech Space


There has been a lot of press over the last few years on the absence of underrepresented groups in the tech space; specifically women. Recently companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook have released numbers highlighting this issue.

However, there isn’t as much press surrounding the current racial underrepresentation in the tech industry. For example, Harvard Business Review published an article entitled ‘Hacking Tech’s Diversity Problem’ in October 2014 but the focus was on gender diversity, not racial diversity.

The question is do we even have an issue with race in the tech space? Is the playing field level for any and everyone to enter this lucrative field? What are some of the inputs that result in the current disparity we see at some of the largest, most innovative companies in the world?

This session is to explore the issue to see what can be done to close the gaps.


Minnebar 10 (2015-04-11)


David Edgerton