NowThis attended Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference in San Jose and asked people what they thought about diversity in tech.
It’s no secret that there’s a lack of people or color and women in the tech industry, so attendees at the conference were asked what diversity in tech means to them and why it matters.
“It makes other people feel comfortable to come in to work,” one attendee stated. “If you have an environment or a company that just hires a certain group of people, then other people are not going to feel inclusive enough to apply to work there.”
Women hold only about 26% of computing jobs and make up about 11% of executive positions in Silicon Valley. But conference attendees had many ideas regarding how to get more women into the field.
“Encouraging young women to go into tech, into STEM fields,” stated one.
“I think it is really important for young people to be able to see role models of people in tech is important as well.”
Black and Latinx representation has also been declining in Silicon Valley — making up just 10% of the full-time tech workforce in 2016.
“If you think you have enough diversity, then you don’t,” explained one attendee, regarding how to fix this problem. “So, never stop. Keep going and keep asking for other perspectives.”