BPS has been working with Salsify and LEGO Education to provide programming experiences to students. Today, Salsify kicked off an ongoing series of educational events with Boston-area students, which includes hosting more than 20 middle school students from South Boston's Perry K-8 School for a day of hands-on learning. Students worked alongside members of Salsify's engineering, sales, and marketing teams to design, build, and present prototypes of their own problem-solving software.
"There are many barriers preventing minorities and women from pursuing careers in technology. Without a varied set of experiences tapping into Boston's innovation economy, we lack perspective and we miss opportunity," said Michelle Burtchell-Spector, VP of Marketing at Salsify. "At Salsify, we are opening our doors so young students can see what's possible. While we alone can't solve the diversity in tech problem, we're dedicated to inspiring the next generation of leaders, encouraging curiosity and exploring undiscovered interests and talent."
The event culminated in a "Shark Tank" style competition, with judges including Rory Cuddyer, the Startup Manager for the City of Boston, C.A.Webb, Partner and Co-Founder at _Underscore.VC, and Roy Chan, Co-Lead of Boston Public School's Experience Lab. Earlier this week,
launched a STEM education program to help increase diversity and ensure a strong pipeline of local STEM workers from underserved schools in Boston.