Miami is well known for its thriving LGBT community. These days, an expanding wave of tech companies is breathing new life into Miami’s corporate scene. Now, Out in Tech wants to bridge the gap between the two and bring together LGBT individuals who work across technology-related industries.
Diversity, and the lack of it, is a big problem for many tech firms. Many companies are predominantly led and staffed by straight white men. Many of them are bad at hiring people from diverse backgrounds. Inclusion is making inroads, but at a snail’s pace.
Out in Tech wants to change that. It is the world’s largest community of LGBT tech professionals. It boasts 25,000 members, with some working at the biggest names in tech including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, and Apple. Out in Tech already has chapters in 10 cities including New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Seattle.
“The idea is to help the community advance their careers, grow their networks, and leverage tech for social change,” said Out in Tech’s Jason Ve. “We also want to make sure that the next generation of leaders and management teams have LGBT people in it. We want to bring these entities together.”
Out in Tech is hosting its launch party Thursday, June 20. It’s a night of networking among techies and the folks who support and hire them. The event takes place from 6-9 p.m.at TheVentureCity. It’s located at 2234 SW 8th St., Miami, Florida 33135. Some of the biggest tech companies in South Florida are invited.
“This first event is for people in the tech industry, or those interested in the tech industry, as well as allies,” Ve said. “We are about being inclusive. We want to talk about the temperature of tech in Miami and also get some ideas for future events.”
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