Democratizing Tech: The Power in Reversing Generational Limitations | Binette Seck | TEDxKI

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Democratizing Tech: The Power in Reversing Generational Limitations | Binette Seck | TEDxKI

Encouraging Underrepresented Groups to Pursue Tech Careers

  • The speaker shares her personal experience of being discouraged from pursuing a career in medicine due to her background, emphasizing the importance of representation and role models for young people from underrepresented backgrounds in tech.
  • The tech industry urgently needs talent, and young people have the potential to fill these roles.

Bridging the Gap between Tech and Underrepresented Groups

  • Four limitations hinder bridging the gap:
    • Lack of role models
    • Limited access to networks
    • Negative self-perception
    • Societal narratives discouraging certain individuals from tech careers

Building Bridges and Overcoming Limitations

  • To build bridges and overcome these limitations, we need to:
    • Create more inclusive pathways for young people to enter the tech field
    • Address the four limitations
  • Networking involves more than just attending events; it starts with someone opening a door for you.
  • Competence, gained through practice and experience, is more important than knowledge.
  • Many young people feel panic and uncertainty due to a lack of competence despite having knowledge.
  • Education is important, but it's not enough to secure a job or the desired life.
  • The "plus one" concept involves bringing people from your community to events to inspire them.
  • Each individual has the potential to be a role model, a network, a source of competence, and an inspiration for others to believe in themselves.

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