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People always ask me how Prince got involved with#YesWeCode, an initiative I helped to found. #YesWeCode aims to help train 100,000 low-opportunity youth to become high-level computer programmers. The truth is, it was Prince who sparked the idea. It was right around the time last year when the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin verdict...
Vast wealth, massive disruption, formidable power — these are just the few of the big-ticket prizes behind some of the doors of the high stakes game known as the tech industry. For many years, it has been an exclusive, members-only sort of sector but now, new players try to shoulder their...
(CNN) -- Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook have all releasedtheir workforce diversity reports in the past few weeks. These reports have sparked much hand-wringing about the low number of African-Americans and Latinos who are working in Silicon Valley tech companies. We expect to see a tide of more reports, illustrating a dismal situation needing...
Victoria Pannell could have spent her Fourth of July weekend going to barbecues and hanging out with her friends, but the 15-year-old chose to stay indoors and learn how to code.Pannell, who traveled 24 hours by car with her mom from New York to New Orleans, was one of dozens...
  When you picture a successful tech CEO, what comes to mind? Probably a white man, maybe one wearing a hoodie.  Technology is a caucasian male-dominated industry, that's why getting more diversity in tech has never been more of a priority. In fact, in the last month, a handful of...
A recent spate of workforce diversity reports from Google, Facebook, Yahoo and LinkedIn revealed what everybody already kind of knew: The makeup of the tech industry is thoroughly out of whack with the demographics of the Bay Area, the nation and its collective user base. So what now? For Facebook, the answer starts with getting to...
By Maxine Williams, Global Head of Diversity Today we’re making Facebook’s current diversity figures available publicly for the first time. At Facebook, diversity is essential to achieving our mission. We build products to connect the world, and this means we need a team that understands and reflects many different communities, backgrounds...
#YesWeCode looks to close the coding inequality gap Shortly after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February 2012, liberal activist Van Jones was talking with his friend Prince—yes, that Prince—about the circumstances of the shooting. “I think he made the observation,” Jones told TIME, “that when African-American young people...