At Clarifai, we believe that a diverse and inclusive culture is not just an item you can check off a checklist. Join our live Twitter chat (along with Google Developer Group, Major League Hacks, and Grace Hopper Academy) on Wednesday, May 24 at 9:00 PM EST to share your thoughts on ways tech companies can build diversity and inclusion into every aspect of their culture.

Building a diverse and inclusive culture is about the ongoing effort to shape the way we work, communicate, and accept one another despite our different perspectives. It’s about creating a climate where respect and a sense of belonging are cultivated. So, with that in mind, we want to hear your thoughts what diversity and inclusion mean to you and how tech companies can be supportive in every aspect of culture, from hiring policies to team-building events to the snacks stocked in the kitchen.

The goal of this chat is not to claim that there is a one size fits all solution to building a diverse and inclusive culture. Instead, we want to offer an opportunity for individuals and organizations to come together as a community to share their pain, struggles, challenges, and successes to broaden our perspectives and to keep this important topic top of mind. We hope this chat will inspire you to keep fostering an environment where people feel included and accepted.

We’re excited to invite you to join us and our special guests from Google Developer Group, Major League Hacks, and Grace Hopper Academy for a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, May 24 at 9:00 PM EST. Use the hashtag #DiversifAI to be a part of the conversation. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Key Things:

  • Follow us on Twitter: @clarifai
  • Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 9 pm EST
  • Follow the conversation by using the hashtag #DiversifAI
  • Remember: This is open to everyone. Let’s be kind.
Let's talk tech inclusion

Thank you to our special guests who are taking part in the chat! Be sure you’re following them before the chat begins:

Nitya Narasimhan, Google Developer Group@Nitya 

Nitya has spent nearly two decades in software research, development & management roles spanning academic, industry and consulting. She's lived all over the map and is a proud parent and tech community organizer in the greater NYC area. Throughout her journey, she's focused on development (building things to help people) and education (helping people to build things) with  an emphasis on youth (aka future workforce) and self-empowerment (making everyone feel they belong in tech). Her manifesto?

  • Be present - stand tall & speak loudly / help others see & hear you.
  • Be vigilant - stand up for equality / speak out against injustice.
  • Be empathetic - share your stories (successes & failures) / listen without prejudice.
  • Be pragmatic - value yourself / know when to compromise & when to fight
  • Be persistent - don’t give up / know your voice matters.

She believes collective voices drive lasting change. And when you find your voice, you will find a community ready to amplify it.

Jonathan Gottfried, Co-founder of @MLHacks, @jonmarkgo

Major League Hacking (MLH) is a B-corp whose mission is to empower hackers. That means making hacker culture welcoming to anyone who loves tinkering, discovering how things work, and building technology.

MLH supports more than 200 weekend-long hackathons each year on campuses across North America and Europe, and through our scale we believe we can create meaningful change in how students gain a passion for technology. We work closely with events to create inclusive environments from their initial marketing to a hacker’s first experience upon arrival, and throughout the rest of the event. This means having a strong and well enforced code of conduct, educational resources for new hackers, and support and training for our organizers and staff.

Grace Hopper Academy @HopperAcademy

Even in an educational environment as straightforward as coding, diversity is essential. Without diversity, both of background and thought, education fails to achieve its maximum effect. The Grace Hopper Program strives to celebrate this plurality by giving each student a voice in their cohort’s unique culture. We try to facilitate this environment by conducting regular retrospectives, both in large group settings, as well as our smaller “learning-teams.” By candidly sharing successes, shortcomings, and goals, our students are able to feel welcome on-campus and push themselves intellectually without fear of belittlement or failure.