3 Lessons Learned from On the Front Lines of Ed Tech
Earlier this year, a few members of our team attended a networking event hosted by Techqueria, a community of Latinx professionals in the tech industry. Our team had an awesome time, and we were really impressed with the event and how many talented and driven young professionals we spoke to.
🗓️Wednesday - November 9, 2016
Earlier this year, a few members of our team attended a networking event hosted by Techqueria, a community of Latinx professionals in the tech industry. Our team had an awesome time, and we were really impressed with the event and how many talented and driven young professionals we spoke to. Our CTO/co-founder Qian, knew one of Techqueria’s board members, Phil Ventura, so we coordinated with him to sponsor our own event for their members. After a few weeks of prep work, we hosted On the Front Lines of Ed Tech, a networking event and panel centered around helping people understand what edtech is and how someone might break into this world. We hoped to give audience members a crash course (minus a final exam); the discussion focused on issues such as transitioning to edtech, building impactful products, and the importance of diversity in this space. Panelists included a mix of founders, leaders, and those earlier in their career:
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Techqueria is a 501c3 nonprofit that empowers Latinx professionals with the resources and support that they need to thrive and become leaders in the tech industry.
To that end, we work with both tech companies and employee resource groups (ERGs) to build Latinx-centered spaces that revolve around career advice, technical talks, mentorship, open jobs, networking events, speaking opportunities, and open-source in order to comprehensively affect change in the tech industry.
Coming from all walks of life, we believe that the diversity of our community is the most reliable asset we have. Our space aims to be inclusive so we invite Latinx from the regions of the Caribbean, Haiti, and Brazil as well as those who identify as Afro-Latinx, Asian-Latinx or LGBTQIA. The term Latinx is used instead of Latino or Latina because it is a gender-neutral and inclusive term.
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