The Docker team is committed to ensuring that we create welcoming spaces for all members of the tech community. To proactively start working towards this goal, we have launched several initiatives to strengthen the Docker community and promote diversity in the larger tech community.
One example is our DockerCon Scholarship Program, which will provide assistance to members of the Docker community from traditionally underrepresented minorities through mentorship and a financial scholarship to attend DockerCon 2016.
For the Docker Birthday #3 celebrations, a major focus was to ensure that all of these events were inclusive for everyone attending. In order to accomplish this, we partnered with several leading organizations that are dedicated to promoting diversity in tech.
We asked a few of these partners to share why diversity in tech is important to them:
Docker is proud that we have partnered with Women Who Code to proactively encourage more diversity within our company and at Docker events around the world. This partnership will include collaborating on campaigns throughout the year like Docker’s 3rd Birthday, DockerCon 2016 and Docker meetups.
Women Who Code is a non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. They connect amazing women with other like minded amazing women around the globe who unite under one simple notion – the world of technology is much better with women in it. Here is why diversity in technology is important for WWCode:
Groups with greater diversity solve complex problems better and faster than do homogenous groups, and the presence of women in a group is more likely to increase the collective intelligence of the group. Not only is encouraging and promoting diversity in a company or environment the right thing to do, it is also vital to innovation and makes good economic sense. Companies with the highest representation of women in their management teams have a 34% higher return on investment than those with few or no women. That’s why organizations like Women Who Code are committed to not only diversity and inclusion but supporting leaders in this space so true industry change can occur. WWCode is a global nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. Learn more at: www.womenwhocode.com.
We also had the opportunity recently to chat with Tom Ogletree, Director of Social Impact for General Assembly. His role is to evaluate how General Assembly leverages all of their resources as a company (curriculum, community and spaces) around social impact. We spoke to Tom and he explained why fostering a more diverse and inclusive tech sector is so important to him and General Assembly:
The more inclusive the tech sector can be, the more it can drive innovation and growth. There’s clear documentation that a diverse workforce sparks innovation, and this makes a real business case for fostering an inclusive environment. General Assembly aims to provide inspiration and resources for the next generation to aspire to build websites, create beautiful UX, develop Android apps, and become data experts. We focus our social impact programs on promoting access, diversity and economic mobility through a number of different programs.
We’re especially proud of Opportunity Fund, a fellowship program to provide hands-on education, mentorship and career opportunities to underrepresented groups across the globe. We focus on low-income individuals, with a special emphasis on underrepresented communities in tech: people of color, women, and veterans. We’ve also made an effort to support folks with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and older workers. Over the past year, we’ve given out over $1.5 million in scholarships to help people pursue their passions and get good jobs.
We actively develop partnerships with other organizations that are already doing amazing work helping underserved populations become developers. A lot of nonprofits like Hack the Hood, Per Scholas, and Year Up, among many others, are doing incredible work in their communities – and we want to help to bolster those efforts and provide more pathways for people into the tech sector.
All of us have a part to play in helping to create more inclusive and empowering spaces to ensure that everyone has a shot to succeed in the tech sector. The more that any organization working in the space can do to thoughtfully engage in these efforts and reach people of all ages and backgrounds, the more we’ll spark the innovation that will help to change the sector and the world.
We at General Assembly are excited to partner with Docker as they celebrate the Docker project’s 3rd birthday. We’re proud to work with an organization committed to ensuring that these events are inclusive for everyone attending.
GoBridge is an organization with the core mission to enable minorities in tech to use Go as a tool Carlisia Campos shares with us why diversity in technology is important to her and the GoBridge organization:
Technology is the base for many products and services we all use today, and yet for the most part the people who are creators and makers of these products and services don’t come from all walks of life. When diversity in tech reaches a balance that is close to the general population, two things will happen: first, we will start getting even more amazing products and services, simply due to the different ways of thinking that people from different backgrounds and experiences will bring to the table; second, the tech industry will benefit from a fan-out effect where more people will want to be makers of technology because they see people who look like them building a satisfying career in tech. And we need both of these things.
On that front, GoBridge is working hard to ensure whoever wants to become proficient in Go can do so, and we target especially people who are underrepresented in the community. We provide curated, open source course material for workshops, as well as structure and support as needed, all on a volunteer basis. For that reason, we welcome and appreciate partnerships such as the one we have with Docker, which is a great supporter and that also nicely complements our goals of increasing diversity in tech through open source and education.
A big thank you to all of the organizations who partnered with us to make these celebrations such a success!
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