WASHINGTON (BDPA-DC)—On Thursday, September 28, 2017, students and professionals from area colleges, universities, small businesses and tech organizations joined members of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) teams to participate in their on-going series of panel discussions entitled “Underrepresented in Tech: Bridging the Racial Digital Divide“.
Industry seeks to strengthen tech workforce pipelines in underrepresented communities by developing and sharing better ideas to improve racial digital divides. The District’s Inclusive Innovative Incubator (In3DC) at Howard University co-hosted AWS’ workshop and reception in its new facility.
This year, during interactive panels and workshops, AWS encouraged participants to engage with expert panelists to not only examine virtualized computing resources and
integration over the internet while deploying and scaling cloud solutions, but smartly overcoming talent acquisition challenges that arise across ICT industries for current and new tech professionals from Black or Latinx communities. Discussions also included tactics and resources available to navigate barriers from community outreach and career entry through starting businesses and sustaining economic growth.
Participants also had unique opportunities to bolster their skill-sets during AWS hands-on cloud workshops, speak with CxOs, and directly connect with AWS’ recruiters during each networking session with regional tech professionals.
This session’s panelists featured the following industry executives.
— Sources: AWS and BDPA-DC
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Nicci Williams, GovCloud at AWS, served as Industry’s Keynote Presenter in Washington, D.C. during BDPA Washington’s 2016 Annual Community & Technology Awards Gala for the National Capital Region. For advanced invitations and table reservations to BDPA-DC’s 2017 Annual Community & Technology Awards Gala this November, send requests directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org.