[email protected] in Tech Summit returns in 2015
Just as we heard from the mouths of representatives from Google, Apple, Facebook and 20 other tech companies that Latinos are far from being represented, XelerateTech announced the comeback of the [email protected] in Tech Summit next year in Austin (TX).
Building on the success of last year's sold-out event, the 2015 summit aims to help further the increased participation by [email protected] in the tech and innovation economy, increasing the visibility of established [email protected] in this sector and supporting the emerging leaders of tomorrow.
After working for years try to improve Latino and Latina representation at SXSW, in 2013 Kety Esquivel, founder of XelerateTech, partnered with the Kapor Center for Social Impact to organize the first [email protected] in Tech Summit, a one-day by-invitation gathering for [email protected] leaders in 2014. More than 100 entrepreneurs, investors, media creators and social change workers participated in the event. Inspired by the results of last year’s event, Esquivel founded XelerateTech and recommitted to producing the event again in 2015.
"I am excited about the possibilities presented by the gathering of these leaders in tech and innovation. The narrative about Latinos and Latinas does not reflect the stories about the creators, entrepreneurs, investors, media creators and social change workers that exist in the community much less the emerging leaders of tomorrow,” Esquivel said.
At the latest Sillicon Valley summit it was reported that “of the 20 companies researched, there were only three African Americans out of 189 board directors and just one Latino, as well as 153 men and just 36 women. Eleven companies had all-white boards,” Latin Post reported.
“During last year's [email protected] in Tech Summit we proved that Latinas are innovators, creators and investors, established and emerging leaders in the tech and innovation economy. We look forward to continuing the conversation and taking it to the next level through next year's Summit," Esquivel said.