TechTown releases Building an Industry for Everyone video

This month, TechTown released their latest video, Building an Industry for Everyone. The new video highlights diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the Rose City’s technology industry.  This third TechTown video features some of the city’s top technology companies and the partnerships they invest in that are having an impact on the next generation of technology leaders and the industry at large.

Watch the Video 

Building an Industry for Everyone tells five stories in five minutes of ways that local technology offices are engaging with nonprofit organizations and Oregon schools to improve diversity, increase inclusion, and promote equity. The video will serve as the center of discussion during New Relic’s FutureTalks panel discussion, “The Authentic Work of Building Community” on Monday February 10, 2020 at 5:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP for FutureTalks.

The video was supported by Prosper Portland, Business Oregon and ten Portland technology companies including AWS Elemental, an Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) company, Cloudability, Jama Software, Moovel, New Relic, Puppet, Simple, Thesis Agency, Vacasa and Zapproved. These companies, along with 17 others, have also taken the TechTown: Diversity Pledge, an actionable movement dedicated to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion within pledge companies.

“Technology presents some of our biggest future opportunities; however, building technology that furthers society in positive ways requires more diverse perspectives than we have today. Our opportunity and obligation is to come together and make the needed investments to move the needle on inclusion and diversity in tech.

Being a part of TechTown allows us to share our experiences and draw inspiration from other like-minded leaders to further develop an inclusive and diversified technology community within Portland and our own company.” – Yvonne Wassenaar, CEO of Puppet

To watch the video and learn more, visit techtownpdx.com/together and sign-up to join us in creating a more equitable Portland Tech.

Special thanks to local production company Uncage the Soul for producing the video. Uncage the Soul founder John Waller and director of photography Ben Canales served as the project leads. Shelley Midthun, Director of TechFestNW, served as the project manager who brought the story from concept to production.


About TechTown Video Series

TTechTown’s video series launched in 2013 with an overview of hip local tech offices in Portland and was viewed more than 46,000 times around the world. In 2015, the second video showcased professionals who relocated to Portland to grow their careers in the technology industry. Both highly successful videos helped Oregon technology companies attract, train and retain top candidates and contributed to the technology industry’s remarkable growth.

About TechTown Portland

A movement. A commitment. A community.

TechTownPDX is a collection of Portland tech companies who have come together to commit to a Diversity Pledge – a shared commitment and action plan to collectively advance workplace diversity and inclusion in order to grow the industry while broadening prosperity.

Our mission is to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion within pledge companies. We do this by taking collective action with the local tech companies who have taken our Diversity & Inclusion Pledge and are committed to creating real change.

About Prosper Portland

TechTown is powered by Prosper Portland. Prosper Portland creates economic growth and opportunity for Portland. Prosper Portland’s vision is to make Portland one of the most globally competitive, healthy, and equitable cities in the world by investing in job creation, encouraging broad economic prosperity, and fostering great places throughout the city. We aspire to be a workplace of choice with passionate staff excelling in an open and empowering environment and sharing a commitment to our collective success.

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