Gender Equality in Tech Cities (GET) Expands to Miami to Diversify Tech Ecosystem


MIAMI, December 9, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities, led by SecondMuse Foundation and Break Through Tech, has launched a third urban hub, GET Miami, as part of Pivotal Ventures’ $ 50 million investment in national initiative. TO HAVE Miami will work with the region’s tech ecosystem to propel more women, trans and non-binary people, especially Blacks, Latin Americans, Indigenous people and people of color, into tech education, careers and leadership.

“We are delighted to see GET Cities expand to Miami, a city striving to become one of the most diverse and inclusive technology hubs in United Statessaid Dr. Renee wittemyer, director of program strategy and investment for Pivotal Ventures. “It is essential that we work together to ensure that women are represented and lead a more vibrant tech industry. Greater representation leads to greater innovation and better results. GET Miami offers a solid plan to achieve these critical goals. “

With many global tech giants, startups and investors having already started to establish a presence in the South Florida city, and with the widespread adoption of remote working, Miami – a domain built on its diversity – is ready for technological expansion. This new focus creates a perfect opportunity to seize the commitment to proactively build one of the most diverse and inclusive technology hubs in the country with existing local talent, and to devote energy and resources to this goal. More than a year and a half after the start of the COVID-19 era, we see with a clearer lens the glaring inequalities between gender, race and other identities under-represented in society. Technology is an industry that has the scale to meet the need for accessible economic empowerment that can and should be available to all of us. And GET Cities thinks Miami is an ideal city to accelerate the inclusion of women and other marginalized groups in the construction of these new thriving and sustainable technological economies.

GET Cities Blueprint takes up the challenge of inclusion Building on three key pillars – academia, industry and entrepreneurship

TO HAVE Miami will build on the model presented in its other cities, GET, GET Chicago and GET DC, to create an inclusive technology economy by focusing on three key pillars – academia, industry and entrepreneurship. Concretely, it aims to:

  • Building resilient pathways to technology: Break through technology will propel women to Florida International University in Miami, FL in tech careers through programs that encourage and entice more women to pursue computer science education. It will support these women throughout their educational journey by providing them with real-world experiences and a network of professional and peer support.
  • Align local technological and entrepreneurial ecosystems: The SecondMuse Foundation, with one of its implementing partners, SecondMuse, stimulates the pillars of industry and entrepreneurship by bringing together urban partners and collaborating to increase the leadership and representation of marginalized groups in all aspects of the technological economy. The SecondMuse Foundation pilots and reiterates programs and provides grants and scholarships within the tech workforce and across the landscape of organizations funding startups and entrepreneurs, in partnership with those already on the ground in every city. The city’s partners include the aforementioned academic partnership, tech companies, the venture capital and startup community, civic and non-profit institutions, and local and national advocacy organizations.

Like the city of Miami navigate this exciting renaissance and become the A forward-looking place for relocation and talent search, GET Miami is committed to working to accelerate the representation and leadership of women and other marginalized people in tech, with a mission to support the growth of an inclusive tech economy. .

“GET Cities exists to uplift women, trans and non-binary people – especially those with other intersecting identities like race, class and ability – in their power. We believe that when this happens, the tech industry becomes resilient, doing more good than harm. Miami is the perfect next stop to expand this mission, as a city that leads from its deep diversity of experiences and has a rapidly expanding technological ecosystem, ”said Leslie Lynne Smith, national director of GET Cities.

Break Through Tech, a national initiative that started at Cornell Tech in New York City, bring together supply (university) and demand (industry) to create an ecosystem where more women obtain relevant degrees today and find an inclusive career environment that awaits them for years to come.

Strong, local and strategic partnerships are what sets GET’s model apart

Break Through Tech is proud to work with Florida International University in Miami (FIU) to host the next Break Through Tech site. With over 650 students graduating in computer science, and with 75 percent of all women in computer science being black, Latin, or indigenous, the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences is one of the largest growing computer programs in the country. with one of the most diverse student populations and provides the opportunity to exponentially increase the number of diverse women in IT.

The FIU is well positioned to introduce hundreds of women from the FIU and surrounding community colleges to the Break Through Tech Guild Program, expose local tech employers to hundreds of potential hires of talented women through the Sprintership program, as well as innovating on the Break Through Tech model to accelerate the pace of change to recruit and retain more women in IT. Building on the crucial investment of the Knight Foundation and other efforts, the FIU will use the Break Through Tech model and join a nationwide network of like-minded universities to provide new opportunities for their students and contribute to a growing body of knowledge on how to promote gender equality in technology at scale. Break Through Tech Miami at the FIU is ambitious in its goals of diversifying the tech sector and, in the words of the President of the FIU Marc Rosenberg, is committed to “transforming the impossible into the inevitable”.

“As we continue to expand our national presence, we are excited to bring Break Through Tech’s innovative programming to the CRF. Together, we will help make the promise of Miami as one of the most diverse and successful technological ecosystems in the country. The future of innovation depends on all of us, and our partnership with the FIU will help fuel a future in which women are technology creators and not just consumers, ”says Judith Spitz, Founder and Executive Director of Break Through Tech.

There is a place at the table for everyone in this collaborative approach to gender equality in technology

GET Cities Miami will begin with a launch event in early 2022, with the aim of co-designing a local approach in partnership with the community. A key theme of the event will be to highlight opportunities for students, talent, entrepreneurs and local employers as GET Cities launches new initiatives. An example of GET Cities’ programming is the #GETChicago Tech Equity Working Group, a consortium of pilot projects across 20 entrepreneurial support organizations to increase equity in start-up investments for women and other under-represented founders. Participants will also have the opportunity to join the conversation as GET Cities designs its scholarship, micro-internship and grant programs to be tailored to the specific needs of Miami technological ecosystem over the next few years.

To learn more about GET Miami and GET Cities and to get involved, please visit: https://www.getcities.org/ and https://breakthroughtech.org

About GET Cities
GET Cities is an initiative designed to accelerate the representation and leadership of women in technology through the development of inclusive technology hubs through United States. Launched in 2020, GET Cities is led by SecondMuse Foundation and Break Through Tech, in partnership with Pivotal Ventures, the investment and incubation company created by Melinda French Gates. Now in Chicago, the DC metropolitan area, and Miami, GET Cities will leverage collaboration within its national ecosystem of urban centers to foster positive social and economic change.

About SecondMuse LLC
SecondMuse LLC is an implementation partner of SecondMuse Foundation. SecondMuse LLC is an impact and innovation company that builds resilient economies by supporting entrepreneurs and the ecosystems around them. They do this by designing, developing and implementing a mix of innovation and capital investment programs. From Singapore at San Francisco, SecondMuse programs define inspiring visions, create sustainable businesses and unite people across the world. Over the past decade, they have designed and implemented programs on 7 continents with over 600 organizations such as NASA, the World Bank, and Nike. To learn more about how SecondMuse is positively shaping the world, visit: www.secondmuse.com.

About Break Through Tech
Launched at Cornell Tech, with support from Pivotal Ventures, the Cognizant Foundation and Verizon, Break Through Tech provides curriculum innovation, career access and community building for women in tech. . The program was born in 2016 as a program called Women in Technology & Entrepreneurship New York (WiTNY), created at Cornell Tech in partnership with the New York City University (CUNY) and a wide range of industrial partners. Today, Break Through Tech replicates the highly efficient ecosystem model created in New York City increase the representation of women in computer science graduates through United States. To date, the program is in New York City, Chicago, the DC metropolitan area, and now Miami.

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