The mission of Tech By Choice (http://techbychoice.org/) is to increase the diversity of the tech industry by offering low to no cost tech skill building events, workshops, and classes to anyone that identifies as a person of color, woman, LGTBQ+, differently abled, or those aligned with the space we're creating.
Our vision is to create a space with protected groups as our first priority which will empower individuals to enter the tech industry, whether it be through technical or non technical roles, consequently increasing tech diversity and improving those individuals' careers & lifestyles.
Diversity: Diversity is key to having a well rounded outlook on any problem you may face. They more diverse a team is, is the more life experiences and viewpoints you will be privy to.
Empathy: We ask our members to come to us as they are, so we must remember to be open to meet them where they are.
Intentional: To excel for our members, we must remember to put them first.
Teach: Acquiring knowledge is important, but sharing knowledge is how we grow as a group.
Integrity: In order to keep our space a safe space, we have to make sure all of our decisions are directly inline with our mission and overall vision for our members safety.
A time to spill all your tech tea.
Tech & Tea is for all folks interested, or at the bare minimum, curious about the tech industry.
This event is for anyone; graphic designers, marketers, data scientists, developers, or anyone who loves to learn. No matter your flavor of tech tea, or skill level, we would love for you to come and hang out for a couple of hours with some friendly fellow technologists at our monthly Tech & Tea in Oakland! This is an opportunity to learn and get to know our vibrant TBC community, also there will be tea and tea-related snacks.
Feel free to come by for the whole thing or drop in when you have time.
A note to TAs: If you are interested in helping out with this event or a future study group, please let us know!
This months Tech & Tea is being hosted at Movement Strategy Center. MSC works with grassroots organizations, alliances, and networks, as well as funders, to build powerful and transformative social justice movements. Their approach is grounded in four elements that are the core of transformative movement building: leading with audacious vision and bold purpose; deeply embodying the values at the heart of the vision; building radical and deep community around the vision; and using all of that – vision, embodiment, and connection – to strategically navigate toward the future.
Want to sponsor or host our next study group? Get in touch!
Bring a laptop and something to work on. It's okay if you don't have a project! Here are some sites that you can practice with:
Frontend Code-Related Links
[Khan Academy (JS)](https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/cs/programming)
All attendees are expected to abide by the Tech By Choice [Code of Conduct](http://techbychoice.org/coc.html).
These events are catered for protected groups, though all are welcome.