In recent years, the days before, during and after SXSW have become a playground for announcing new products, from Foursquare in 2009 to Flavors.me in 2010 and TOMS sunglasses in 2011. This year, the spotlight was trained on initiatives and programs designed to help more women build careers in technical and management positions.
In less than a month I will become a father. After last year’s SXSW, I wrote two pieces of advice to a hypothetical daughter, but this time around everything has become more real. My wife and I don’t know the gender of our child, and while I love a good surprise, we’ve had a devil of a time picking out nursery colors. Not knowing whether I’ll have a son or daughter has me particularly in tune with gender and parenting issues in the technology field.
When we launched the Open Cloud Academy last year, one of our goals was to help make technology careers and education more inviting to women and minorities. We want to help improve talent diversity in our industry.