The tech industry is under fire for issues of gender discrimination and racism. But there are bright lights within the industry that are already succeeding in addressing the gender and diversity gap in tech, and are guided by the fundamental belief that technology can be a tool for social good. This conversation highlights those working towards equity in the field and shares their solutions for moving forward. Panelists include Director of Technology at GAKKO, Alex Qin; product designer Asia Hoe; Rebecca Garcia, Co-founder of CoderDojo NYC; and artist Angelina Dreem.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Alex Qin is the Director of Technology at Gakko. She cares deeply about access to computer science education and about leveraging technology to create positive social change. She is currently working on opening Gakko NYC -- a school for the coders and musicians of tomorrow. She is also the founder and lead teacher of the Code Cooperative, where former inmates learn to code to address issues they've identified in the criminal justice system. Prior to joining Gakko, she was the Web Engineering Team Lead at Skillshare and the Curriculum Director at Coalition for Queens. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from New York University.
Asia Hoe is a designer at an ed tech company, 2U. She is passionate about civic engagement and enjoys experimenting with web development, writing, illustration, and game design. When not learning a new skill, Asia mentors and volunteers with numerous organizations that help disadvantaged students prepare to excel in pursuit of technical degrees and careers.
Rebecca Garcia is the Co-founder of CoderDojo NYC, a non-profit teaching youth to code. In 2013 she was awarded as a U.S. White House 'Champion of Change' for Tech Inclusion for her work to bring STEM education to underrepresented groups, especially youth and women. Previously she was a Developer at Do Something, the largest non-profit for youth and social change, and CTO of Greatist, a health, fitness and wellness media startup. Currently she is a Developer Evangelist at Squarespace, empowering people to build their ideas on the web.
Angelina Dreem is a multi-disciplinary artist, entrepreneur and activist residing in New York City. She is an artist and the founder of POWRPLNT, a digital arts nonprofit and gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She is a 2017 cohort of NEW INC, the New Museum led arts and tech incubator. She works primarily in sound and has performed at Clearing Gallery, Pioneer Works, the Knockdown Center, and for NADA at Art Basel Miami. She has spoken on panels at MoMA PS1, Livestream HQ, and at September Gallery. Past projects include the Body Actualized Center, The Science of Peace, The Rock and Roll Circus at Lincoln Center. She runs an interior plant design agency called Girl Moss and is passionate about ecology, design, and social justice.
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