The nation’s largest digital conference for Latinos in technology kicked off Tuesday in Oakland — aiming to uplift and inspire Latinos, who remain the most underrepresented demographic in the field.
Now in its fourth year, the LTX Fest 2020 brings together some 4,000 technology professionals, philanthropists, investors, developers, and more for the virtual four-day gathering.
The festival includes pre-recorded and live online sessions, as well as networking events with Latino community leaders set to join, like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, actress America Ferrara and journalist Paola Ramos, among several others.
The festival, which wraps up Friday, is being organized by the Kapor Center, as well as other organizations like Latinas in Tech, LA Collab, Outco, LatinxVC, Latino Community Foundation, 3Lopez and Techqueria.
According to organizers, Latinos in tech represent just 8 percent of the total tech workforce and just 3 percent of tech leadership, despite being the nation’s largest ethnic group.
Lili Gangas, Chief Technology Community Officer of the Kapor Center, said in a statement:
“A career in technology changed my life — providing upward mobility and an opportunity to help shape the future. However, for technology to advance, Latinx must collectively be represented across the entire ecosystem — from creators, to designers, to investors, and owners.”
“LTX Fest will mobilize thousands of Latinx to unlock technology’s transformative power, to create a space for innovation and skill building, to advance our professional lives as well as civic engagement during this important election year.”
More information about the sessions and tickets, as well as live-streams, can be found at www.ltxfest.com.