#YesWeCode Twitter Chat: Diversity in tech & creative ideas to move forward

#YesWeCode Twitter Chat: Diversity in tech & creative ideas to move forward

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Thanks for showing up for the #yeswecode Twitter chat, happening on Sunday (7/27/14) at 8pm Central Time. I’m excited to talk to everyone and to have you share your experiences . We’ll be doing a #yeswecode recap and getting practical. If you’re looking for more information about the #yeswecode initiative, why it matters and how it relates to this event, scroll down to the bottom of the page. If you’re here to check out the guidelines,  start here:

#YesWeCode Twitter chat guidelines


It’s not easy to talk about race, gender, inequality and how we all feel about it. After all, being vulnerable can be very scary. It takes trust, faith and the desire to have the difficult conversations that often lead to change.  In order to do that, we need some groundrules to facilitate the conversation. Thanks for showing up!

1. Disagree without name calling.
2. Point out where ideas might fail, but also share what you think might work.
3. Critique the idea & not the person
4. Be Brave. Be Visible. Be You. Be inspired! Enjoy this time!

Thanks for coming here to have this much needed discussion!

What is a Twitter chat?:

  • A live, real-time discussion taking place via twitter messages
  • A chat using a specific hashtag (#yeswecode)
  • Each participant can contribute to the conversation by adding comments using the hashtag #yeswecode

What to expect from #yeswecode chat:

  • an exchange of ideas exploring the digital divide & creative ideas to move forward
  • a network of people in the tech (mentors, VC’s, Tech organizations, startup founders, entrepreneurs) space who are interested in exploring topics related to diversity in tech


  • I will ask a series of questions during the hour long chat.
  • The question format will look something like this: Q1: Why is diversity in tech important to you?
  • You can respond by clicking Reply or using A1(as in Answer 1) and type in the rest of your tweet, making sure you don’t forget the hashtag (#yeswecode)
  • I’ll keep the questions going during the hour, and ask each one after a round of answers have received.
  • I will retweet your posts as long as they fit the guidelines (see below)
  • you can also feel free to click “reply” to any tweets by me or other participants you want to respond to

Introducing yourself & sharing your ideas:

  • At the beginning, I’ll ask everyone to introduce themselves & their work
  • You’ll have a chance to say something like this: Example intro tweet for you & your company: We build wearable tech @(companyname) & we’re also looking to mentor tech startups #yeswecode
    • At the end of the chat, I’ll give everyone a chance to mention any upcoming events they have. For example, your tweet might look something like this: @yeswecodehack happens** Jul 3-6 @Essence #yeswecode
    • The chat will be ongoing, so if we don’t cover something you want to discuss today, let me know and I’ll see if we can fit it in during another chat.


Join us for the #YesWeCode twitter chat: Diversity in tech & creative ideas to move forward
Host: Uchechi Kalu Jacobson @uchechi_writes
Sunday June 29th, 2014 8pm CST

By now, we’ve all heard the statistics about the lack of diversity in the tech industry. The questions we’re now asking are these: What can be done about it? What’s already being done? Why is it so important? Where do we start? There are many organizations working to change this by teaching support underrepresented communities in technology.  Just last week, Google launched a $50 million initiative to teach young girls how to code.

YesWeCode is also a twitter chat taking place on Sunday, June 29th. led by Uchechi Kalu Jacobson, a New Orleans based tech entrepreneur and startup co-founder. Her wedding planning startup, wedocracy.com, is a community partner with the #YesWeCode hackathon. The goal is to generate conversation with the global twitter community about how the lack of diversity in tech impacts all of us and find creative solutions to address it.

Join thought leaders, influencers, coders, hackers, designers and everyone and anyone interested in seeing tech become a space that not only creates products for the global community we live in, but engages the world’s diversity as part of the creative teams behind these products.

What: Diversity in Tech Twitter Chat When: Sunday June 29th, 2014 8pm CST Where: Join us on Twitter, using the hashtag #yeswecode Hosted by: Uchechi Kalu Jacobson @uchechi_writes

For more information about the #YesWeCode organization, mission and events, please visit www.yeswecode.org. For further more about the #YesWeCode Hackathon (#ywchack), go here: www.yeswecodehack.com

Hope you can join us!