Melinda Gates Names Chicago First Gender-Inclusive Tech Hub
“Melinda Gates has a vision of how gender-inclusive tech hubs would function, and her new initiative is attempting to create three of them. The first stop is Chicago.
Gates announced today that Pivotal Ventures, her investment and incubation company will be launching an initiative, Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities, designed to accelerate the representation and leadership of women in tech, through the development of inclusive tech hubs across the United States. Rather than focusing on male-dominated Silicon Valley, this effort is targeting gender equality in up-and-coming tech hubs. Chicago was chosen as the first of three hubs, and additional cities will be selected in the next few years.
Gates explained the rationale for targeting smaller hubs in GET Cities, ‘As the tech industry continues to expand beyond Silicon Valley to other areas across the country, we have the opportunity to reimagine what the sector could look like. If these emerging tech hubs are supported to prioritize women’s representation and inclusion as they grow, they will be better positioned to tap into the full range of local talent, while also helping create a blueprint for closing the industry’s gender gap nationwide.'”
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