On Wednesday, August 14th, Techqueria hosted an event with Twitter called “Twitter Threads with Techqueria” at Twitter’s HQ in San Francisco in partnership with Twitter Alas, Twitter’s ERG for Latinx employees.
There were ~600 RSVPs and ~250 attendees so the room was PACKED!
We loved this analogy.
We had an amazing time with a dozen different Latinx in Tech speakers speaking about their life and work experiences.
For the event, we encouraged people to use the hashtag
#LatinxTechTwitter on social media. And they did.
In fact, we got so much traction Wednesday night with that hashtag that we ended up trending on Twitter for San Francisco. Ellen Pao tweeted about it. There were photos, videos and GIFs galore.
The proudest moment for us though was the sheer generosity our Latinx community brought to the table. The event leads recognized the level of trauma our community went through with the El Paso shooting recently and this heaviness was acknowledged multiple times throughout the event as well.
Ergo, we decided to have our main call to action be to donate to the El Paso Community Foundation which had a fund to support the El Paso victims. Our initial target for donations in our meeting the night before was $250. By the end of the event, we ended up with ~$2,500 in donations.
To conclude, we’ll end with some words from James… “we are a powerful force”.
Let’s keep at it. ¡Adelante!
We have a whole thread dedicated to all the folks who helped out — we couldn’t have done it without you all!
For videos of the talks, check out the playlist below.