March 9, 2018


Just Added: TechNet CEO to Lead SXSW Panel on Promoting More Diverse STEM Talent Pipeline

Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today announced its President and CEO Linda Moore will lead a panel discussion on potential legislative fixes to improve the domestic STEM talent pipeline in the U.S.

The panel is open to credentialed media.  Details of the panel are provided below.

What: Hacking STEM: Legislative Fixes to Pipeline Problems
When: Sunday, March 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT
Where: Hilton Austin Downtown, 500 East 4th Street, Salon G, Austin, TX

  • The Honorable Yvette Clarke — Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Rachel Décoste — Director, Congressional App Challenge
  • Kristen Chandler — Associate Executive Director, MATHCOUNTS
  • Moderator: Linda Moore — President and CEO, TechNet

Panel Description: Although the tech industry as a whole does a great deal to promote diversity and inclusion, the results do not reflect that.  We examine strategies for addressing the pipeline problem and engage with Members of Congress who aim for America to remain competitive in the technology sector through the 21st century.

TechNet will also be leading a panel discussion on the technology industry’s contributions to the relief and recovery efforts after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria struck our nation last year, as well as the California wildfires.  Details are provided below.

What: Tech’s Evolving Role in Disaster Response
When: Sunday, March 11, 2018, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CT
Where: Hilton Austin Downtown, 500 East 4th Street, Salon G, Austin, TX

  • The Honorable Mignon Clyburn — Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • The Honorable Mitch Landrieu — Mayor, City of New Orleans; President, U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • Kim Rubey — Head of Social Impact, Airbnb
  • Moderator: Caroline Joiner — Executive Director, Texas and the Southeast, TechNet

Panel Description: As Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria hit our coasts last year, technology was deployed to fast track disaster relief efforts.  Innovative tech companies were uniquely positioned to connect, inform, and save lives.  Airbnb connected evacuees with shelter; Facebook marked loved ones safe; and Uber and Lyft offered free transportation.  Expert panelists will discuss the latest trends, lessons learned, future applications, and how federal, state, and local government agencies can work together with the technology industry to adapt and deploy these new tools.

About TechNet
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