The organization TechUP has one goal: to create a tech ecosystem that is representative of all people. They intentionally recruit women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans and people who live with a disability for a range of tech positions—front-end, back-end, full-stack and mobile development, engineering UI/UX design, hardware/embedded, data analysis, data security, IT, dev ops, QA engineering, project and product management, technical support, sales and more.
In order to accomplish its mission, the organization is traveling the country hosting career fairs and inclusion summits in 24 cities. And they’re headed to Nashville this Saturday, May 21.
Hosted by Emma, this one-day event will include an all-day career fair, along with a number of talks and panels that could certainly be helpful for those new to tech, but informative to anyone who wants to become more proactive in building a better tech community.
The TechUP Career Fair and Inclusion Summit is free to attend, so TechUP and register. There is a place for job seekers to upload their resumes before the event, as well.
For more about TechUP, read their Medium post. Here’s a short excerpt:
Recognize the unique value of your people who have worked outside of their comfort zones and built broad networks. These are markers of intercultural competence. These people are leaders in your ranks. And recognize homogeneity as a poor investment. Sure, an integrated workforce requires a better cultural foundation, but a homogenous culture will limit your access talent and hurt your retention rates. Invest in the long game and leverage the skills of diverse people in all levels of leadership, across class, race, gender, sexuality, neurological and physical strengths, and other differences.
Look out for further analysis/recap/thoughts from us after the event.