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Empowering diversity and inclusion in technology through We Power Tech

At Amazon Web Services (AWS), we believe the future of tech is every color, gender, belief, origin, and community. The future of tech is diverse, inclusive and accessible – but we have a long way to go before realizing this future.

At AWS re:Invent 2019, We Power Tech hosted activities to teach and learn from attendees about diversity and inclusion at the intersection of technology.

Check out more about what We Power Tech was up to at re:Invent 2019:

We Power Tech Breakout Sessions

For the third year, We Power Tech hosted breakout sessions at re:Invent that focused on diversity and inclusion at the intersection of technology.

Check out the sessions:

We Power Tech Grant Program

The We Power Tech Grant Program was created to support a future of tech that is diverse, inclusive, and accessible, by offering financial grants and other resources to underrepresented technologists early in their career.

This grant is a collaborative effort with Project Alloy, an organization dedicated to building a more inclusive technical community. More than 100 grantee winners from 16 countries received registration to re:Invent 2019, travel, and hotel accommodations.

Robyn Allen, the Executive Director of Project Alloy said, “Having worked with a variety of tech conferences over time, our organization felt that AWS’s We Power Tech program at re:Invent 2019 set a high bar for ongoing inclusion work because of its commitment to seeing attendees as technologists first rather than poster people for particular demographics or identities.”

Check out blog posts from We Power Tech grantees who attended re:Invent 2019: AWS re:Invent 2019 The Call to Action and How I Attended re:Invent 2019.

We Power Tech Lounge

In the expo hall at re:Invent 2019, We Power Teach created a safe and inclusive place for underrepresented technologists and allies to relax, gather, and learn from one another. The lounge included a We Power Tech Theater that hosted 15 AWS, customer, and partner speakers focused on their diversity outreach efforts through a series of lightning talks. Speakers shared intersectional perspectives – how one’s gender, race, class, sexuality, disability combine and lead to unique forms of discrimination.

Learn more about We Power Tech and how you can join the We Power Tech community.

We Power Tech will be attending AWS events around the globe throughout the year, including the AWS Public Sector Summits in Mexico City, Brussels, and Ottawa in 2020.  And check out We Power Tech at re:Invent 2020.