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Building a more

Inclusive, Empowering, Equitable

tech ecosystem


Because the future of innovation depends on all of us.

57% of all college degrees are awarded to women...

...but only 2% are in computer science and tech disciplines.


“We can’t compete in the digital age if we leave half of the available talent pool sitting on the sidelines. It’s that simple.”

Judith Spitz she/her
Founder and Executive Director of Break Through Tech, former CIO at Verizon
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We deliver innovative programs that break down barriers so women can break through in tech education and tech careers.

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Break Through Tech program participants sitting in the audience.

“...everyone belongs in tech no matter who you are... as long as you’re willing to keep on learning from your mistakes and asking for help.”

Chelsea Rice she/her
CUNY Student at Brooklyn College; Break Through Tech New York alum
Only 25% of computing jobs are held by women – down from 32% in 1990 and unchanged since 2016

Source: Pew Research

Stories and Insights

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A Love for “Building Things”: AI Student Mariam D.

Mariam D.’s father works in construction. It’s he who she credits with fostering her love for “building things” — but it took Mariam a while to realize that she could build programs, abstract things, not just physical, concrete ones.

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Chicago Story

A clear view of medical tech at GE Healthcare

Come for the tech work experience, stay for the opportunity to file a patent application. To their complete surprise, that was what our Sprinternship was like for the five UIC students who matched with GE Healthcare in 2022!

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Chicago Story

Programming, preparation, and poker at PEAK6

Following a successful all-virtual Sprinternship™ in 2021, the financial services firm PEAK6 brought its 2022 Break Through Tech Chicago Sprinterns™ in house. The result? A rewarding tech immersion that combined programming experience and career preparation with one unusual ingredient.

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Explore a Location

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Chicago has a diverse and growing talent pool and a robust tech ecosystem.

Partnered with The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)

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New York City

New York City is home to more than a half million college students and America’s largest metro economy.

Partnered with City University of New York (CUNY), Cornell Tech

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DC Metro

DC boasts a unique flavor of tech due to its proximity to federally funded research and development, venture capital funds, and policymakers.

Partnered with George Mason University, University of Maryland, College Park

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Forbes calls Miami an "emerging [tech] hub for Latin American without actually being in Latin America."

Partnered with Florida International University (FIU)

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles has long been America’s gateway to the Pacific Rim and is the entertainment capital of the world.

Partnered with University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

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Boston is a leader in life sciences and advanced manufacturing and robotics.

Partnered with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)