The gender gap in tech has been well documented over the past few years. Women accounted for just 26% of computing professionals in 2013 and made up only 12% of working engineers. But in Chicago, there’s a new program aimed at lowering that gap and providing more resources to female technologists and entrepreneurs.
Pilsen incubator BLUE1647 announced last week that it has launched a new training initiative called 1919: Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship. The program will offer mentorship, education and networking aimed at bringing together Chicago women in tech.
1919, which is named after the year that ended the women’s suffrage movement and the 19th amendment–the voting rights act for women, kicks off Wednesday, May 27th with a networking event and workshop at BLUE1647’s headquarters from 6 to 9 p.m.
“We are extremely excited to kick-off this all women’s cohort that will help build the future leaders of tomorrow, as BLUE empowers them with the skills needed for our future workforce,” BLUE1647 CEO Emile Cambry said in a statement. “We’ve done four 12-week all women coding boot camps before, but this is an opportunity to expand that vision and impact at a larger level. We will hit greater heights by enabling women to determine the growth trajectory.”
Cambry added that 1919 is just the first initiative aimed at empowering women in tech. BLUE1647 is also planning a Latina Girls Code program.
With new business development one of 1919’s main goals, the initiative will provide workshops, trainings, and seminars on a range of topics that are important to helping women-owned businesses grow, BLUE1647 said.
1919 is the latest initiative from BUE1647, which has had a busy year and a half. It recently opened an Englewood-based incubator to bring tech resources to Chicago’s South Side, and it’s in the process of bringing its model of workforce development and a focus on tech diversity to St. Louis in its first expansion outside of Chicago.
You can learn more about 1919 here.
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