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The Open Source for All Initiative: Investing in Underrepresented Minorities in Tech -  How 2 Companies are Kicking Off 2020 with $20,000 cover image

The Open Source for All Initiative: Investing in Underrepresented Minorities in Tech - How 2 Companies are Kicking Off 2020 with $20,000

Here at This Dot Labs we are a development consultancy that is known for its work in providing opportunities to underrepresented minorities in tech. We are very excited to be partnering with StackBlitz, a company that is an online IDE used by millions of developers every month & adopted by open source projects such as Angular (Google), RxJS (Microsoft), and many others. We have teamed up this January to announce the Open Source for All Initiative to provide $20,000 of opportunities to those who need their first foot in the door. With only 50% of boot camp students able to find employment within 3 months of graduation (Dice), we both feel passionate about trying to help bridge the divide between graduating boot camp and someone's first development job. The $20,000 investment from StackBlitz and the supply of mentors (senior software engineers) from us will give paid apprenticeship opportunities for boot camp graduates to contribute to prominent open source projects. We have over 20 bootcamp partners including Fullstack Academy, Coding Dojo, Prime Academy, Vets Who Code and The Last Mile. “It’s tough to go from a bootcamp to an entry level developer role,” says Co-founder and CEO Tracy Lee, “and that challenge is compounded if you are a minority. Our apprentice program makes it easier for folks to transition to a full time job smoothly.” StackBlitz is already used by open source projects such as Angular (Google) and RxJS (Microsoft) in their documentation. "We have been very happy to work with the StackBlitz team and hosting the Angular documentation code samples on StackBlitz has been great for developers." said core team member Stephen Fluin. “StackBlitz has been a great partner at helping provide code samples in our documentation, and I admire Tracy's work with under-represented groups in tech,” says Ben Lesh of the RxJS core team, “The pairing for this initiative is great and I expect good things to come out of it.” Those interested in participating in the program as apprentices can apply here. If you’re an open source project who wishes to provide opportunities to underrepresented minorities and have great code examples in your documentation enhanced for free, sign up here. We can’t wait to work with everyone and make a difference in the tech world!...

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Giving Thanks for Diversity in Tech: Angie Jones

This December, at This Dot Media, we are celebrating women in technology by saying "Thanks" to incredible developers who are making a difference within their communities....

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Giving Thanks for Diversity in Tech: Keziyah Lewis

This December, at This Dot Media, we are celebrating women in technology by saying "Thanks" to incredible developers who are making a difference within their communities....

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Giving Thanks for Diversity in Tech: Maria Lamardo

Maria Lamardo is a Front End Engineer at Pendo, who works with Vue.js and has a particular passion for web accessibility. She is a very active community organizer in the RTP area of North Carolina and beyond, serving as the founder of Devs@RTP, the NC Chapter leader for Vue Vixens, and the Co-Founder of A11y Devs. Maria has had an amazing year on the conference circuit, having spoken at VueConf US, DevFest, Vue London, All Things Open, and Vue Toronto about various topics on Vue as well as Web Accessibility. When asked about Diversity and Inclusion, Maria shared that, “Inclusion means that everyone is treated fairly and with respect; everyone should feel welcome and have their ideas heard”, adding that she feels that having more diverse hiring panels is a great first step to creating more inclusive workspaces. Maria is able to do her part to contribute to tech diversification with her work in Vue Vixens, which runs free workshops for women in tech. “ It is very important for us to be the change we want to see in the world and putting myself out there is it for me,” says, Lamardo, “I love my community and helping people grow and succeed.” She is also very excited to be launching, “Devs@RTP Teens” an offshoot of the original organization built specifically for young people. If you would like to see Maria speak, you can catch her in 2020 at Vue Amsterdam, Vue Vixens Day, as well as VueConf US! And if you are in the RTP area, she invites you to attend a Vue Vixens workshop, the A11y Devs Meetup, an event hosted by Devs@RTP! Want to keep up with everything Maria is doing in this next year? You can follow her at @MariaLamardo!...

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Giving Thanks to Diversity in Tech: Faiza Yousuf

This December, at This Dot Media, we are celebrating women in technology by saying "Thanks" to incredible developers who are making a difference within their communities....

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Giving Thanks for Diversity in Tech: Jen Luker

This December, at This Dot Media, we are celebrating women in technology by saying "Thanks" to incredible developers who are making a difference within their communities....

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Giving Thanks for Diversity in Tech: Chloe Condon

This December, at This Dot Media, we are celebrating women in technology by saying "Thanks" to incredible developers who are making a difference within their communities....

Giving Thanks for Diversity in Tech: Eve Porcello cover image

Giving Thanks for Diversity in Tech: Eve Porcello

This December, at This Dot Media, we are celebrating women in technology by saying "Thanks" to incredible developers who are making a difference within their communities....

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Giving Thanks for Diversity in Tech: Pariss Athena

This December, at This Dot Media, we are celebrating women in technology by saying "Thanks" to incredible developers who are making a difference within their communities....

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Giving Thanks for Diversity in Tech: Arely Miramontes Rodriguez

This December, at This Dot Media, we are celebrating women in technology by saying "Thanks" to incredible developers who are making a difference within their communities....

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Giving Thanks for Diversity in Tech: Claire Tolbert

This December, at This Dot Media, we are celebrating women in technology by saying "Thanks" to incredible developers who are making a difference within their communities....

Giving Thanks for Diversity in Tech: Amy Kapernick cover image

Giving Thanks for Diversity in Tech: Amy Kapernick

This December, at This Dot Media, we are celebrating women in technology by saying "Thanks" to incredible developers who are making a difference within their communities....