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Jan. 15, 2016 9:38 am

How Chariot Solutions is trying to make its ETE dev conference more diverse

Underrepresented in the tech sector? The Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise conference has a scholarship for you.

At Philly ETE 2012.

(Courtesy photo)

In 2015, just one in 10 attendees of Chariot Solutions’ dev-focused Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise conference was a woman, according to Chariot spokeswoman Tracey Welson-Rossman. That’s just slightly better than the percentage in 2013, when 7 percent of attendees were women.

One way the Fort Washington-based IT consulting firm is trying to change that? For a second year in a row, it’s offering scholarships for the conference.

It’s for those who identify as part of an underrepresented group in technology — that could mean in terms of gender or race or sexuality, it’s up to the applicant to interpret that.

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This year, scholarship recipients will also get paired up with a “buddy” who will help them make the most of the conference, said Welson-Rossman, who’s spearheading the effort with Azavea’s Hector Castro.

Feels like a smart way to promote diversity in the Philly tech scene. We like this a lot.

You can also get early bird tickets ($415) until they sell out. Uber engineering lead Raffi Krikorian is keynoting.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes has been covering the Philadelphia tech scene since 2012. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

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