2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Decoding Percepciones: CS, Latinos and Storytelling

Tuesday, March 17
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Ballroom E
Austin Convention Center


“If you can’t see it, you can’t be it."

Despite the growing number of Computer Science (CS) jobs and the rising influence of technology in society, the number of ethnically diverse girls and boys studying CS remains low. Code2040 reports that Blacks and Latinos/as represent less than 10% of tech industry workers.

For students to be inspired to study CS, they need to see role models they can relate to in movies, on TV, and in the tech industry. But in today’s Hollywood, these characters are generally absent and these stories are not told.

How can we change this? By telling new, interesting, and diverse stories that feature underrepresented individuals as the protagonists of their own CS-related stories. Top entertainment creators will discuss with senior Google engineers how tech, entertainment, and media can start to tell a different story - one that will reflect an ever-changing and multicultural population across the Americas.


#sxsw #SXAmericas


Joanna Johnson

Exec Producer/Writer

ABC Family

Julie Ann Crommett

Program Mgr/CS Education in Media


Sowmya Subramanian

Engineering Dir


Susan Cartsonis


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