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Feb. 6, 2014 10:45 am

State of diversity in tech [PODCAST]

Led by our Diversity In/Tech event held in Brooklyn, the second installment of the Technical.ly monthly podcast on how technology is changing cities takes a closer look at the inclusivity issues we're reporting.

Code in the Schools taught students ages 7 through 17 coding at this summer's MakerCamp at the Digital Harbor Foundation. Photo courtesy of Code in the Schools.

How is Baltimore city working to bring different demographic groups into the tech field?

That was part of the focus of Technical.ly’s second podcast. Led by our Diversity In/Tech event held in Brooklyn, the second installment of the monthly podcast on how technology is changing cities takes a closer look at the inclusivity issues we’re reporting.

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Technical.ly Baltimore sat down with reporter Juliana Reyes of Technical.ly Philly and reporter Brady Dale of Technical.ly Brooklyn for this podcast, which was led by Technical.ly editor Christopher Wink.

Some of the Baltimore-specific highlights:

  • Two nonprofits bring more people into the field: With its MakerCamps and after-school programs, the Digital Harbor Foundation has been finding new ways to expose Baltimore city’s public school students to new technologies such as 3D printers. The Baltimore chapter of Girl Develop It, a program for girls and women to learn to code, just launched, and the first class is scheduled for later this month.
  • Connecting people to resources: The Baltimore City Robotics Center made this the focus of its Blacks in Tech Gala in January by inviting local high school and college students to meet with tech businesses in Baltimore city.
  • Thinking differently about tech education: Code in the Schools takes its game development classes to schools throughout Baltimore city. And Digit All Systems, which Technical.ly Baltimore first covered in 2012, believes there is still value to be found in IT training for Baltimore’s “untapped population” that doesn’t depend on learning programming languages.
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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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