Colorado Tech Weekly #317: Encouraging Diversity Will Always Require Work
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I have the privilege of being a white, middle-class male who enjoys math and technology. I fit into the classic (and wrong) stereotype of a software developer. The only issue I have to worry about when it comes to people judging me out of context is my age. I started my software developer career at 38 and I was worried that my age would be a limiting factor in my career (It hasn’t as far as I can tell).
We will always have to work to make our tech industry more diverse. There will never be a report or a statistic that comes out that says we’re done because it’s not just about numbers. It’s about how people feel when interviewing for a job or a promotion or giving a pitch or speaking up in a meeting.
Many of us have at least one thing that defines us that others have used to unfairly judge us. Some have felt that unfair judgment so often that they are just waiting for it to happen whenever they take a risk on themselves. This is why we will always have to focus on diversity. We can’t just promise to listen objectively because that fear of unfair judgment will continue to limit people. We will always have to work to encourage those who feel unfairly judged to speak up.
I feel proud that the Colorado tech community has many groups, companies and people who work on diversity.
Have a great week!
Top Colorado Technology News
- Both with offices in Denver, Accelo partners with Gusto to help businesses manage their schedules seamlessly [Accelo]
- Denver-based Volare Systems celebrates 10-year anniversary [VolareSystems]
- Boulder group seeks to boost LGBTQ inclusion in space sciences [BizWest]
- Berthoud aerospace company, Ursa Major Technologies, raises $15.5M [BizWest]
- Boulder-based Congruex completes fundraising round [BizWest]
- Boulder’s Skyland Analytics appoints Robert Schmiedeler as Chief Financial & Operating Officer [SkylandAnalytics]
- It’s not rocket science: How Broomfield’s Ball Aerospace has cracked the code on diversity [DBJ]
- Document storage Startup LifeFilez opens Denver office [ColoradoInno]
- How UCHealth and Denver startup RxRevu are partnering to make sure patients can afford their prescriptions [DBJ]
- Douglas County’s Dish likely recipient of divested assets as T-Mobile/ Sprint merger moves toward closure [DBJ]
Top Upcoming Events
- 7/10 – Denver Java Users Group – Building Stateful Clustered Microservices with Java, Actors, and Kubernetes [Denver]
- 7/10 – Denver Modern Web – Adventures in Tech Recruiting: Tips and Tricks [Denver]
- 7/10 – Denver DevOps – OPA! Oversight for Terraform 0.12 Workflows [Denver]
- 7/11 – WICT RM – Networking Happy Hour [Denver]
- 7/11 – Denver Women in Tech – July After Hours Networking [Denver]
- 7/11 – North Denver Metro C++ Meetup – The World’s Highest Throughput Concurrent Queue [Broomfield]
- 7/11 – Internet of Things Colorado – Usability Engineering presented by Sana Health [Westminster]
- 7/15 – Colorado Springs Open Source Software Meetup – Kotlin for Java Programmers with Venkat Subramaniam [Colorado Springs]
- 7/16 – Denver Droids – Improving Android Build Performance by Tony Robalik [Denver]
- 7/16 – WomenWhoCode – Engineering with Gusto: Lightning Talks from Women in Tech [Denver]
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