A group of community-oriented startups recently pitched their ideas for how to enact positive change as part of the Social Good Summit.
Yesterday’s gathering was just one of over 50 Forward Fest entrepreneurial events taking place in Madison between Aug. 17 and Aug. 24.
Building upon previous summits, it took the form of a “social good accelerator,” in which participants broke into small groups to share advice and brainstorm strategies.
The presenting startups were:
*Colorcoded, an initiative to provide opportunities in information technology fields for women and people of color.
Christina Outlay, associate professor of information technology at UW-Whitewater and founder of Colorcoded, says that by 2020, there will be over 1 million tech-related jobs for which there aren’t enough potential candidates.
“Women are underrepresented in computing careers, women of color even more so,” Outlay said. “Men of color are underrepresented as well. This lack of minority talent in particular translates to almost 600,000 potential computer workers who could fill some of those jobs.” Read the full story here.