A Hack.Diversity launch event yesterday by the NEVCA underscored the value of and need for diversity. It also highlighted the fact that if Boston wants to sustain its growth in technology well into the future, the city needs to invest in, educate and train more of its population.
A coalition of business, academia, and nonprofit types have come together to launch Hack.Diversity, a program to recruit black and Latino computer science and engineering students from local urban colleges. The pilot effort will place graduating students in internships at area tech companies and give them mentors and support to land a permanent job. The first cohort in May will involve about 20 students from Bunker Hill Community College, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The inaugural group of participating companies are Carbonite, DataXu, HubSpot, and Vertex.