New York

New York Hero

New York is the flagship location of Break Through Tech.

Upon its launch in 2016, Break Through Tech was known as Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WiTNY), an initiative of Cornell Tech in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY) and a broad set of industry partners led by Verizon and Accenture.

Renamed Break Through Tech, the program at CUNY continues to increase the number of women studying computer science and entering careers in tech.

Break Through Tech at CUNY

Additionally, Break Through Tech is excited to pilot a new initiative focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Break Through AI will accelerate college women (trans and cis) and nonbinary students into careers in AI, one of the fastest-growing, most influential, and most lucrative fields in tech.

Break Through AI at Cornell Tech

Why New York

Home to more than half a million college students and America’s largest metro economy, and the highest number of artificial intelligence and machine learning positions in a single metro area, New York City was the perfect place for the flagship program site of Break Through Tech and the first site for Break Through AI.

City College (CUNY)

City University of New York

The City University of New York (CUNY), is the nation’s largest urban public university, and among the top five most diverse universities in the United States. As our flagship academic partner, CUNY served as the site of our original iteration, Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York, launched in 2016. 

City University of New York
Since its Launch

Break Through Tech New York has worked with more than 80 employers and almost 2,300 students. 

Alicia Glen, Founder and Managing Principal of MSquared, Former Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development

We’re focused on making NYC the world’s best city for women to succeed – and that means growing opportunities for women in tech.

Alicia Glen she/her
Founder and Managing Principal of MSquared, Founder and Board Chair, women.nyc, and Former Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development