The world of technology will open up to 300 youth of colour from GTHA schools, community groups and coding clubs at North York Civic Centre.
Lead by Canada's diverse top tech leaders who want to engage with, share their stories, and offer career advice to the teens.
1 PITCH CONTEST
Bring your big idea, and share it with our industry judges for a chance to win scholarships and other prizes.
STUDENTS!Are you passionate about technology?
Do you have a great idea?Are you looking for a mentor, internship or job?
Then Pitch Your Tech! is for you!
Pitch Your Tech! is a technology conference aimed at racially diverse youth ages 15-19 in the GTHA. Its goal is to inspire and educate youth through presentations and workshops led by today’s foremost leaders/brands in tech, to teach them how to pitch their next big idea with useful in-person feedback, and provide them with internship, mentorship and job opportunities.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Network with entrepreneurs, CEOs and innovators in development, virtual reality, the Internet of Things, gaming and more.
Get tips on how to navigate the tech industry, and info on some of the hottest jobs.
Learn how to pitch ideas and get feedback from tech experts.
Interact with companies who want to mentor and hire young talent.
Win internships and other prizes.
A FEW OF OUR SPEAKERS
Founder & CEO
Kundan's company, TheAppLabb, focuses on the strategy, design and development of over 500 mobile apps. His company has generously donated and created the app for Pitch Your Tech!
Sima has a varied background in private sector startups, spanning several industries including. Her latest startup, Rince, is a kitchen utensil that addresses the changing eating patterns of the millennial population.
Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios Canada
Quincy he has worked on over 120 films including Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2, Avengers, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
WHY WE NEED MORE DIVERSITY IN TECH
Racial Disparities Are Far Worse Than Gender Disparities in Tech
Racial diversity in the tech workforce is a far more prevalent issue than gender as the racial gap in tech leadership positions between white men and minority men is larger than the gender gap between white men and white women.
There was a 13 percent decline in African-American women professionals working in tech since 2007—the only racial group among men or women to lose representation in the general tech workforce. *
*"The Ascend Foundation recommended that tech companies would have to stop investing in vague and broadly-defined “diversity” goals and start actively targeting black and Latino women for recruitment and promotion, with special emphasis given to retaining black women.” @BRENTINMOCK
CHECK THIS OUT
A software engineer, entrepreneur and hip-hop dancer, Benjamin Williams integrates his experience in computer science and as an advocate for diversity in STEM with spoken word and dance to make us look at and consider challenging questions. In this performance he asks why there are so few people of colour in tech, and how can we include more? He is accompanied by dancers Monyett Crump Jr. and Jasmin Williams.
OUR CHARITABLE PARTNER
TXDL provides young people from diverse backgrounds a pipeline to achieve their highest potential in technology. Charitable receipts will be available to anyone interested in donating directly to our program partners. For more info, check out txdl.ca.