About Us

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Break Through Tech works at the intersection of academia and industry to propel women into computing degrees and tech careers. Our programs have reached thousands of women during their early college years, with an emphasis on welcoming Black, Latina, Indigenous, and first-generation women, trans, and nonbinary students. Through deep engagement with nearly 200 industry partners, our programs prepare students to launch their tech careers.

Thanks to generous support from Melinda French Gates’s Pivotal Ventures and investments from the Cognizant Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Ken Griffin, Citadel and Citadel Securities, Hopper-Dean Foundation, and New Ventures Fund, our programs are running across the country.

Our Computing Program is currently offered to students in New York City at the City University of New York, in Chicago at the University of Illinois-Chicago, in DC at George Mason University and University of Maryland College Park, and in Miami at Florida International University.

Our AI Program is currently hosted in New York City at Cornell Tech, in Boston at the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, and in Los Angeles at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and is focused on welcoming students from across those regional metropolitan areas.

Why Break Through Tech?

  • Because we prize potential over privilege.
  • Because we care about building a more inclusive tech ecosystem
  • Because we need to do things differently to get things done
Mission

We work at the intersection of academia and industry to propel more women and underrepresented communities into technology degrees and careers.

Vision

To achieve gender equality in tech.

"If we want the next generation of technology we create to address our society’s most pressing needs, the next generation of technology creators must represent the diversity of technology users."

Debbie Marcus She/Her
Senior Director of Programs