SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 11, 2023 CodePath, a nonprofit working to reprogram higher education to create the most diverse generation of engineers, CTOs and founders, recently concluded its first-ever Emerging Engineers Summit. This virtual conference and career fair drew more than 4,000 college students and 61 employers for five days of learning, networking and recruitment.
The event could not have come at a more crucial time for those entering into the tech industry. The unemployment rate for recent college grads has tripled to 7.1% since 2021, but CodePath and its partners are working to give students the skills, connections, and confidence to launch their careers in technology.
“As CodePath continues to scale, we remain committed to our mission of fostering technical excellence at the intersection of skills and opportunity,” said Dana Ledyard, COO of CodePath. “We are grateful for our employer partners and thousands of computer science students who joined us for this event. Together, we aim to cultivate a vibrant ecosystem that embraces diversity, provides opportunities for students of all backgrounds, and reshapes the future of technology.”
More than 70% of student attendees came from backgrounds underrepresented in tech, including Black, Latino/a, Indigenous, first-generation and low-income students. Participants had access to breakout sessions led by companies including Base10, Microsoft, SAP, ServiceNow and others, fireside chats and keynotes with industry leaders, networking events, and 1:1 virtual interviews based on their skills and qualifications.
Since its founding, CodePath has reached over 20,000 students at 500 colleges, helping them to land jobs at over 2,000 top companies. The nonprofit’s alumni base is 64% Black, Latino/a, Indigenous, low-income or first-generation. CodePath is supported by Andreessen Horowitz, Blue Meridian Partners, Cognizant Foundation, Comcast, Google, JP Morgan Chase, Knight Foundation, Meta, New Profit Foundation, Salesforce, and Walmart, among others.
CodePath is reprogramming higher education to create the most diverse generation of engineers, CTOs and founders. With over 20,000 students and alumni from 500 colleges now working at 2,000 companies, they are reshaping the tech workforce and the industries of the future. CodePath is supported by Amazon, Andreessen Horowitz, Ballmer Group, Blue Meridian Partners, Comcast, GitLab Foundation, Google, Iconiq Capital, JPMorgan Chase, Knight Foundation, Meta, Microsoft, New Profit Foundation, Salesforce, and Walmart, among others. To learn more, visit www.codepath.org.
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