Twitter Threads with Techqueria - Event Recap
Blog post recap of our event with Twitter Alas on 8/14/19.
🗓️Monday - August 26, 2019
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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.
Hola a todos! We are excited to be partnering with @Techqueria for a real-time discussion on the Latinx experience in tech. Follow along and join the conversation using #LatinxTechTwitter. The conversation starts at 7pm PST, no se lo pueden perder!— Twitter Alas (@TwitterAlas) August 14, 2019
There were ~600 RSVPs and ~250 attendees so the room was PACKED!
Muppet Version 🔗︎
We loved this analogy. 😂
Real Life 🔗︎
Lots of folks who came out - wow! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/M2SExvqgH3— Techqueria (@Techqueria) August 15, 2019
We had an amazing time with a dozen different Latinx in Tech speakers speaking about their life and work experiences.
Dulce Villarreal 🔗︎
James Loduca 🔗︎
Melisa Im 🔗︎
Tonatiuh Ramos 🔗︎
Edgardo Perez 🔗︎
Audrey Galo 🔗︎
Krystal Flores 🔗︎
At my first #SF @Techqueria to see @KFloTechYo on the stage talking about making our workplaces more diverse.— Liz Krane (@LearningNerd) August 15, 2019
"You do not have to be in a position of power to change an organization." Yes!!#LatinxTechTwitter pic.twitter.com/okSS9x0HBx
Alexis Lucio 🔗︎
Hugo Castellanos 🔗︎
Charlie Rivas 🔗︎
#LatinxTechTwitter— Melisa Im 🇦🇷 (@ImmenselyAlive) August 15, 2019
Charlie on the value of mentorship.
Mentors believe in us before we believe in ourselves. ✨
My own mentors transformed me from someone full of doubt to someone full of dreams 🔥🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/ZIKe5hDoGI
Marco Medina 🔗︎
Gabrielle Cardoza 🔗︎
For the event, we encouraged people to use the hashtag
#LatinxTechTwitter on social media. And they did.
Healing and inspiring night seeing our community come together particularly in these times of adversity to be Latinx. We give each other strength. No cabe duda que en español (e portugues) Twitter es mas fuerte 😉 ❤️ #LoveWhereYouWork #LatinxTechTwitter #ElPasoStrong pic.twitter.com/CxZcrZYOkY— Luis Saïd (@recruiterfriend) August 15, 2019
There is something fundamentally healing and inspiring to be surrounded by your own community, especially in tech.— franco (@FranCogMents) August 15, 2019
Thank you for hosting such a beautiful community event for us @Techqueria + @TwitterAlas , the hype was real #LatinxTechTwitter pic.twitter.com/DvtBl4ulAN
Trending on Twitter 🔗︎
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.
It's awesome to see something so positive trending on Twitter pic.twitter.com/dQS0VnIKXn— Ellen K. Pao (@ekp) August 15, 2019
El Paso 🔗︎
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.
Ending the night on a very positive note. Our community came together to raise $2,435 for El Paso victims of the shooting.— Twitter Alas (@TwitterAlas) August 15, 2019
You can still contribute to the El Paso community foundation below! 👇🏽https://t.co/BYItd6fr0X#LatinxTechTwitter #orgullolatinx
Our initial goal for the night was getting $250 in donations... and we ended with ~$2,500 or 10x more 🤯— Techqueria (@Techqueria) August 15, 2019
We hope this helps @ElPasoCF 💛
Donate ➡️https://t.co/4uSGG9mq7q#LatinxTechTwitter https://t.co/QcTy8spjDW
To conclude, we’ll end with some words from James… “we are a powerful force”.
Let’s keep at it. ¡Adelante!
Thank You 🔗︎
We have a whole thread dedicated to all the folks who helped out — we couldn’t have done it without you all!
It takes a village to plan an event that makes #LatinxTechTwitter trending 🤯— Techqueria (@Techqueria) August 15, 2019
A big thank you to...
Social Media Links 🔗︎
For videos of the talks, check out the playlist below.
Techqueria had an event in partnership with Twitter Alas to talk about what it's like being Latinx in Tech. #LatinxTechTwitter
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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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