It’s no secret that tech has a diversity problem. Minority groups have historically been underrepresented in the industry, and it’s often a pipeline problem that begins with early education. That’s where Code/Interactive, a non-profit organization focused on inspiring the next generation of diverse tech leaders, comes in.
Code/Interactive is working to eliminate the representation gap across the lines of gender, ethnicity and income. The organization gives students access to computer science education, opportunities for entrepreneurship and exposure to the tech industry through programs and events. Code/Interactive also recognizes tech, government and education leaders who work to progress diversity in technology through their annual Diversity in Tech Awards.
The Vodafone Americas Foundation is proud to be supporting the awards, which will take place in New York City on Thursday, May 4th. The awards ceremony will honor individuals, initiatives and media organizations – from small startups to big companies – working to champion diversity and make tech more inclusive for all. The ceremony also aims to illuminate the lack of diversity in tech, while bringing forward solutions for leaders in the tech industry, government and education.
Increasing visibility and building opportunities for people of all races and genders is an important part of the work we do at the Vodafone Americas Foundation, which is why we feel partnering with Code/Interactive is a perfect opportunity to support diversity and education in tech. Through programs like the Diversity in Tech Awards, we believe we can foster change in local and global communities and help to build the next generation of leaders in the tech industry and beyond. Some of our New York employees are proud to be representing the Foundation to celebrate the honorees at the Diversity in Tech Awards.