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Building a more

Inclusive, Empowering, Equitable

tech ecosystem

Why?

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.

57%
2%

“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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How?

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
25%
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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Chicago Story

17 companies tap UIC students to tackle tech challenges

In early May, UIC created a press release to announce our 2022 Sprinternships to the Chicago area (and the world!). Read the announcement, which offers a great primer on Sprinternships and the value they can offer toward gender diversity in tech.

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Coming Into View: A Future in AI

Grace has always known she liked math, but growing up without options to continue challenging herself in math, it was difficult to picture how she might use those interests in a career. When she got to NJIT, she wasn’t sure how to answer the questions she was asked about her future path in tech. Now, she has some of the answers.

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Break Through Tech Announces $26 Million Investment to Increase the Number of Women in Artificial Intelligence

Break Through Tech Announces $26 Million Investment to Increase the Number of Women in Artificial Intelligence

The $26M initiative will work with top AI programs offered at Cornell Tech, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing and UCLA Samueli School of Engineering to increase access to undergraduate AI education for students in surrounding areas.

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Explore a Location

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Chicago

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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Miami

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

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

Partnered with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)