There has been a lot of press over the last few years on the absence of underrepresented groups in the tech space; specifically women. Recently companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook have released numbers highlighting this issue.
However, there isn't as much press surrounding the current racial underrepresentation in the tech industry. For example, Harvard Business Review published an article entitled 'Hacking Tech's Diversity Problem' in October 2014 but the focus was on gender diversity, not racial diversity.
The question is do we even have an issue with race in the tech space? Is the playing field level for any and everyone to enter this lucrative field? What are some of the inputs that result in the current disparity we see at some of the largest, most innovative companies in the world?
This session is to explore the issue to see what can be done to close the gaps.
David Edgerton Jr. is an information technology professional with 19 years of experience in IT project and program management. When David is not running complex technology projects he teaches statistics, information systems, project management, and other business courses part-time for a few universities in the Twin Cities.
David enjoys participating in hackathons, startup weekend activities, the Minnesota Cup, and meetups to stay sharp. He is a fan of open source software and developing software products and services with the Python programming language. He is a excellent presenter and energetic facilitator of the business model canvas framework and value proposition design.
When David is not working with technology he plays the piano and produces music electronically for fun. He has a passion for startups, education, and diversity.