We’re heading down to Austin this week—and bringing you along for the ride. Join us for free classes, tech talks, and, of course, a few drinks. Read on to find out where we’ll be getting into trouble, and how you can join in—even from your couch.
New York On Tech (NYOT) is a 501c3 non-profit organization on a mission to prepare the next generation of technology leaders emerging from New York City. Our signature program is the Tech Flex Leaders Program, a year-long immersive experience for students enrolled in a NYC high school.
On January 31st, NYOT’s Tech Flex Leaders joined members of the General Assembly community for a Lunch and Code. Students enjoyed lunch with staff members, learned about their experiences working in tech, were paired with mentors for the day and left the workshop with personalized landing pages built using GA’s Dash program.
See what one of our Tech Flex Leaders, Cenielle Thomas Rodriguez, had to say about her experience:
By now it’s clear that the technology industry is facing diversity issues. These issues are even more intriguing when you consider that by 2020, traditional universities will only provide enough qualified graduates to fill 30 percent of tech-related jobs. This is why we believe General Assembly’s own philanthropic fellowship program, Opportunity Fund, represents a tremendous chance to create real impact and change.
General Assembly is honored to participate in President Obama’s Tech Hire initiative, which will provide a broader on-ramp to technology skills training. This cause is central to our mission of providing the greatest access to training in design, business and technology —to help people from any background find work they love. Just last week we announced an expansion of this commitment through our partnership with Capital One.
We are energized by the Administration’s bold plan and we look forward to working with them to achieve the goals we have set. The following is the commitment General Assembly has made, as outlined on the official White House Tech Hire site:
It was a fierce competition, but we’re thrilled to announce that the winner of our 12 Days of Giving holiday campaign was The Taproot Foundation, a non-profit that drives social change by bringing professional services to nonprofit organizations, pro bono. They’ve just launched Taproot+, a new online marketplace for pro bono, bringing together resources and interactive tools to give nonprofit professionals direct access to the marketing, HR, IT, and strategy services they need.
At General Assembly we’re always finding new ways to evolve our offerings and grow our global community of individuals empowered to pursue the work they love. To that end, we’re thrilled to announce that the first two volumes of our new, original book series, The Practitioner’s Guide, have been published.
In this series, you’ll get an introductory overview—including first-hand accounts, lessons learned, and useful advice—from seasoned professionals working in the most relevant fields of the 21st century.
It’s no mystery that the tech industry’s predominantly white and Asian male workforce is in danger of alienating the increasingly diverse nation — and world — that forms its customer base. Less than a quarter of people employed in computer science- and engineering-related fields are women, and only 1 in 10 are minority women. African Americans make up less than 3% of all scientists and engineers, and Hispanics only 4%.
At the same time, startups and tech companies are witnessing a never-before-seen shortage of employable talent, and current estimates show that by 2020, traditional universities will only be producing enough qualified graduates to fill 30% of available tech-related jobs.
2014 has been an incredible year for General Assembly.
We offered 36% more classes, workshops and events, 122% more total hours of educational programming worldwide, and grew our community (that’s you) by 203% compared to last year.
As a recipient of General Assembly’s Opportunity Fund Fellowship, it is a privilege to fulfill my responsibility to give back by volunteering 100+ hours of my time to the tech community. Working in partnership with All Star Code, a non-profit initiative that prepares qualified young men of color for full-time employment in the tech industry, I look forward to assisting in their efforts to provide mentorship, industry exposure, and intensive training in computer science.
The new year is fast approaching and resolving to make a difference in the world of programming has never been easier. Today hack.summit(), the world’s largest programming conference, announced hack.pledge(), a movement for programmers worldwide to assemble and mentor each other for one hour in 2015.