Tech-Career Annual Conference on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity in the High Tech Industry
In December 2022, Tech-Career held its annual event at Google for Startups in collaboration with Ibex Investors and with leading tech companies such as AppsFlyer, Wix, Cognyte and AT&T Israel R&D Center. Among the 200 participants were Tech-Career graduates, government and philanthropic foundation representatives, senior tech professionals and venture capital investors. The conference opened with addresses by MK Moshe Solomon and Tech-Career CEO Takele Mekonen on the importance of diversity in the tech industry. Panels included senior professionals and Tech-Career graduates. Tech-Career graduate Oozy Bitau, who has been working at Wix for the past seven years and serves on Tech-Career's board of directors, talked about his experience and his sense of responsibility to integrate Ethiopian Israelis in the industry. While Oozy was the first, Wix now has 16 Ethiopian Israeli employees, "which has made a huge impact on their social and family circles … diversity is now part of the conversation in high tech and this is a huge achievement!"
Gal Gitter of Ibex Investors talked about the need to increase diversity in the Israeli high tech industry: "In Israel's tech companies, there is little awareness of the importance of diversity. That's why we connected with Tech-Career – companies need to understand that diversity employment will provide them with higher quality talent. We cannot continue to recruit personnel from the same sources and expect excellence. Tech-Career creates and provides trained professionals that meet this need."
Campus Plaque Ceremony
In December 2022, we held a ceremony to reveal the plaque on the site where Tech-Career's future campus will be built. Tech-Career's new home will include state-of-the-art computer labs, classrooms and dormitories. We are now in the midst of building permit processes and estimate that the campus will open its doors by the end of 2024.
Tech-Career's permanent campus – the first technological campus for Ethiopian Israelis - is being constructed thanks to the generous support of: Fondation Adelis, Crown Family Philanthropies, The Patrick and Lina Drahi Foundation, The Gerald and Gail Ronson Family Foundation, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Philanthropic Foundation, The Thomas Jefferson Rosenberg Foundation, The Samis Foundation, Bader Philanthropies, The Rosenzweig-Coopersmith Foundation, The Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation, Check Point, and UJIA.