How Shattering a Stereotype Will Save Tech
Saturday, March 12
9:30AM - 10:30AM
110 E 2nd St
The US is falling behind. By 2020, there will be 1M unfilled tech jobs. Why? We're missing half the population. Girls & people of color don’t fit the tech stereotype, and get pushed out of STEM. This is a huge societal and economic issue. Changing the stereotype will do more than just forestall a looming crisis. Greater diversity drives innovation that improves profitability & creates products that benefit a wider breadth of society.
CODE documentary Director Robin Hauser Reynolds, GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving, UCLA Sr. Researcher Jane Margolis & the Kapor Center’s Cedric Brown discuss how shattering the stereotype of a programmer will help save technology.
Blake Irving is the CEO and Board Director of GoDaddy, the world's largest platform for small business. Under Mr. Irving’s direction, the company has sharpened its focus on helping the world’s 200...Show the rest
Blake Irving is the CEO and Board Director of GoDaddy, the world's largest platform for small business. Under Mr. Irving’s direction, the company has sharpened its focus on helping the world’s 200 million small, independent ventures to grow and thrive online—tapping a global-scale machine learning platform that powers their digital presence, communications, marketing, commerce, back-office administration and peer/community support.
Prior to Go Daddy, Mr. Irving was EVP and Chief Product Officer at Yahoo!, a role in which he grew active users from 550 million to nearly one billion users—positioning Yahoo! to surpass Google and Facebook as the world’s most popular online destination today.
Before Yahoo!, Mr. Irving spent 15 years at Microsoft in various senior roles, most recently as head of the Windows Live Platform where he was responsible for research, development and operations of Microsoft’s global cloud services. While at Microsoft, Mr. Irving created and grew MSN Messenger into the world’s most successful instant messaging platform with more than 70% global share, re-architected and grew Hotmail to 270 million users worldwide, and deployed their first billion dollar advertising system, adExpert.
A technology pioneer for more than 30 years, Mr. Irving began his career at Xerox in 1981 during the heyday of PARC labs. He has since been at the forefront of innovation, having been involved in numerous products and services that are now staples of the internet, including typography, communications on the personal computer, subscription services, online advertising and global-scale services platforms known collectively today as “the cloud.”
Mr. Irving is a graduate of San Diego State University and received an MBA degree from Pepperdine University, where he later served as a professor of business in the same graduate school. He is an avid cyclist, surfer and golfer—and currently resides in San Luis Obispo, CA. with his wife and two sons.Hide the rest
Chief of Community Engagement
Kapor Center for Social Impact
Cedric Brown is the Chief of Community Engagement at the Oakland-based Kapor Center for Social Impact. He has over 20 years of experience as a funder and activist, steering over $60 million in gran...Show the rest
Cedric Brown is the Chief of Community Engagement at the Oakland-based Kapor Center for Social Impact. He has over 20 years of experience as a funder and activist, steering over $60 million in grants to community efforts, working with the Kapor Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco Education Fund, Switzer Foundation, and SF Cultural Equity Grants among others.
His recent projects include collaborations with the White House Office of Science and Tech Policy, Google, the Congressional Black Caucus Tech2020 Initiative, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and an appearance in the "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap" documentary. He is the founder of Brothers Code, the Oakland Summit on Blacks in Tech, and is co-founder of the College Bound Brotherhood.
Cedric was recognized as as a Changemaker by the San Francisco Chronicle and on TheRoot.com for his leadership participation in President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative. Cedric is a proud board member and supporter of Color of Change.org. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina and Stanford University.Hide the rest
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
Jane Margolis is a Senior Researcher at UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies who focuses her work on structural inequality, segregation, STEM, and the democratization of computer...Show the rest
Jane Margolis is a Senior Researcher at UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies who focuses her work on structural inequality, segregation, STEM, and the democratization of computer science. She has published two award-winning books on the subject of women and racial minorities in computing: “Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women and Computing” & “Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing.”Hide the rest
Robin Hauser Reynolds
Finish Line Features LLC
Robin is the director and producer of cause-based documentary films at Finish Line Features, LLC. As both a business woman and a longtime professional photographer, Robin brings her creative eye a...Show the rest
Robin is the director and producer of cause-based documentary films at Finish Line Features, LLC. As both a business woman and a longtime professional photographer, Robin brings her creative eye and leadership skills to her documentary film projects. Her years in fine art photography give her a keen vision for the artistic design of her films; her experience in the business world affords her a unique perspective on what it takes to motivate an audience. Robin’s most recent film, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, and has caught the attention of the international tech industry and of policy makers in Washington, DC and abroad. Previously, Robin co-directed and produced the documentary feature, Running for Jim, which won 14 awards at 20 film festivals. She has spoken about the importance of increased diversity in computer programming and on behalf of women’s rights at the Mobile World Congress, SXSW Interactive Conference, InspireFest, AT&T Foundry FutureCast, Dell Women Entrepreneur Network. As Director of CODE documentary, Robin has been featured in national publications: USA Today, Wired, Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, San Francisco Business Times.Hide the rest