Mills College Hosts Affordable Computing Conference for Womxn of Color

More than 300 womxn of color will gather at Mills College in Oakland, California, for the 3rd annual Tech Intersections Conference on January 25, 2020.

Oakland, CA—January 16, 2020

Tech Intersections logoTech Intersections: Womxn of Color in Computing is an affordable conference for underrepresented womxn of color in technology to come together and learn from each other's successes, challenges, and experiences. Tickets start at just $10 for students, teachers, and unemployed womxn of color, eliminating the financial barrier to those interested in entering into and growing within the tech industry.

The term "womxn" (pronounced “women”) is inclusive of femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer, trans women, and cis-women. The conference will be held at Mills College on Saturday, January 25, 2020, and will feature the voices of womxn of color to an audience of womxn of color.

Existing technology conferences—even those specifically designed for women—often have few underrepresented womxn in attendance and as speakers, especially as experts on technical topics. Founded by Mills alums Maira Benjamin, director of engineering at Pandora; Tiffany Price of the Kapor Center for Social Impact; Mills Professor Ellen Spertus; and Idalin Bobé, founder of TechActivist.Org, Tech Intersections addresses the needs of underrepresented womxn of color who rarely see fair and accurate representation of their identities in the workplace, especially in higher ranking positions.

"This conference is important to womxn of color because we want to come together to claim our rightful place as pioneers in the technology and computing industry," said Bobé.

To further the mission towards a more inclusive industry, Tech Intersections also offers a concurrent Ally Skills workshop for those who do not identify as underrepresented womxn of color but are committed to becoming better allies.

The 2020 Tech Intersections conference will host over 300 womxn of color and offer over 40 sessions, including keynote sessions by Tiffani Ashley Bell, executive director of The Human Utility, and Irma L. Olguin, CEO of Bitwise Industries. Sessions range from technical workshops on open source technology, virtual reality, application security, and product design to panel discussions covering topics on how to raise your first million in venture capital, career skills, social impact, and more.

"Mills College is proud to be a platinum sponsor and host of this conference as part of our ongoing commitment to address the need for diversity in the technology sector," said Mills President Elizabeth L. Hillman, noting that Mills was the first women's college to offer a computer science major.

Conference Details

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall and the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy, Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA

Tickets & Programming:
Tickets are available on a sliding scale ($10-$150), with scholarships available. View the full list of speakers and programming schedule on the Tech Intersections website.

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About Mills College:
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of the Best 385 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers and leaders who take and inspire action. Take a virtual tour.

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