Pick a Pack of Potent Panels

Black Girls Code

Dear Friends,

The Kapor Center has an opportunity to be well-represented again at South by Southwest Interactive, but we’ll need the help of our community in these final few days of voting.

For those who may not be familiar, South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual multi-day conference/ gathering in Austin, TX, focused and divided into three themes Interactive, music, and film, as well as the gathering’s newest addition, SXSW Edu. More info here: http://sxsw.com

We’re asking for your help in voting up two of our panels since our participation is not guaranteed, as well as for your help in sharing our panels via fb and twitter by using the share functions further down on the left hand side of each page:

Fixing the Leaky Pipeline of Coders

The panel will feature one of Kapor Center’s Managing  Partners, Nicole Sanchez as well as our friends, Kimberly Bryant of Black Girls Code, Laura Weidman Powers of CODE2040 and Catherine Bracy of Code for America. When you click on that link, you can also check out a recent video of founder Mitch Kapor speaking at Google.

The Latino Digital Landscape: Insights and Solutions

Since 2009, the number of Latinos online and that own mobile technology has dramatically increased; yet, only 1% of U.S. overall marketing dollars are allocated to target this desirable population. Our panel brings in experts from Hispanic digital content creators and marketers to explore the divide between the investments and commitments being made in digital to reach the Latino audience and how to challenge investors, organizations, media creators, agencies and startups to commit to digital. Featuring Kety Esquivel, Fenton Communications, Ana Flores, Latina Bloggers Connect, and our own, Mario Lugay, Kapor Center. 

While you’re on the panel picker site, please support this sampling of panel submissions featuring Kapor Center partner organizations. It’s our community’s chance to both lift up the good work being done and in hopes for an even better SXSW experience: 

Makers, geeks and mentors: community learning hubs Kristen Titus, Girls Who Code
Building the Bridge to Equality with Allies Adria Richards
Bilingual Communities LATISM
Diversifying the Tech Workforce Code Now
Digitalundivided: From the “Valley” to the “Hood” Digital Undivided
The Real Reasons Why There Are Few Blacks in Tech Panel Digital Undivided
How the Black Twitterverse is Changing Pop Culture Digital Undivided
Four Tech Companies Changing the Face of Tech Digital Undivided

Are there others you think should receive our votes? If so, feel free to share in the comments section of the blog.