Promoting tech diversity at Berkeley startups is the aim of a job fair taking place Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, at NextSpace Berkeley from 5-7 p.m. Representatives from Code Berkeley and its magazine Mag Berkeley, which has looked at tech diversity from a variety of angles, will be on hand to describe the curriculum available at Code Berkeley, a new strand in the Multimedia Arts department of Berkeley City College that offers a variety of affordable and diverse technology courses.
Berkeley-based online job market Localwise, which operates from UC Berkeley-affiliated startup accelerator SkyDeck, and the City of Berkeley’s Office of Economic Development (OED) are co-hosting the startup job fair, which will feature over 30 innovative startups. Community stakeholders such as the Kapor Center for Social Impact, Women Who Code, #YesWeCode, Hack the Hood and Telegraph Academy also will illustrate the effort to promote diversity and sustainable communities.
Startups in Berkeley have grown from 100 in 2011 to currently over 300, and the OED’s goal is to create a foundation of inclusivity. At the largest tech companies, according to SkyDeck and Localwise, only 29% of the employees are women and only 15% are black or Hispanic. In the startup world, only 8.3% of venture funding goes to women-led startups, while only 1% goes to African-American led startups.
Limited job-seeker and startup-employer tickets are available through the Berkeley Startup Job Fair event page.