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In a new post on Medium, Luong sketches out the game plan:
The working names for these organizations, which will kick off with networking get-togethers and introductory coding classes, are Latin@s en Tech and Digital Afrikans.
“As tech has the stigma of being an all white male club, I want to make the community and tech pool more diversified,” said Luong in an email. “However, you can’t simply make DC a heaven for a diversified startup ecosystem if there is no structure in place for the various, or underrepresented, ethnic groups.”
Luong is not trying to create a redundant club; instead, he wants to collaborate with the groups that are already in place.
Some early members of Latin@s en Tech include Phone2Action cofounder Ximena Hartsock, Optoro’s Dianna Leyton, Social Driver CEO Thomas Sanchez, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Jessica Hernandez and Code for Progress’ Mariella Paulino.
Local women-in-tech groups — which are legion — have similarly combined forces by launching umbrella organization DCFemTech in the Spring of 2014.
“We can take a page out of the women tech groups, which exploded in the past 2 years, and apply that to cultural organizations,” said Luong.
The prodigal son of #dctech also announced the revival of the DC Hardware Startup Meetup group and the launch of a so-called “DMV Startup Council.”
Through this new body, Luong hopes “to gather all the juggernauts of the beltway to ensure we are making meaningful strives to the community, and take a unified step closer to being a hotspot for startups,” he wrote on Medium.
If you’ve got some thoughts on this idea, you can fill out his questionnaire.
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