Our Goal

Align local actors to build inclusive pathways for women in tech – from their first college course to their first round of funding – that kickstart a more vibrant tech economy nationwide.

Our Goal
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Why Now?

Technology is one of the most economically vibrant and powerful innovation industries we have, but its full potential is wasted when women are underrepresented in the workforce.

In 2019, the World Economic Forum projected that we are still 208 years away from gender equality in the U.S. Read More

Achieving gender equality in the tech industry would be worth an estimated $320 billion to $390 billion dollars in total market value. Read More

The data demands action:

In 2011, the percentage of women receiving computing degrees reached a near all-time low of 16% and has remained stagnant around 19% ever since. Read More

There are 3.5 million computing-related jobs anticipated to open by 2026. Read More

At the current rate, the United States will only have 17% of the graduates necessary to fill these openings. Read More

While women hold 57% of professional occupations, women currently comprise only 26% of jobs in the computing workforce. Read More

VC investment in all female-founded teams still only represented 2.8% of U.S. VC investment in 2019 Read More

Every day that we don’t see equality in the tech sector is a day that we leave talent, ideas and growth on the table

GET Cities is designed to accelerate representation and build a more vibrant tech industry.

About GET Cities

Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities is an initiative designed to accelerate the representation and leadership of women in tech to meet the demands of the industry’s future.

A thriving tech economy will only exist when all of the talent in our workforce is engaged and has the opportunity to advance. Together, we can GET there.

GET Cities is working to develop inclusive tech hubs across the United States.     We believe that national change can be accelerated when we start at the local level. Over the next five years, GET Cities will focus on three U.S. cities – starting with Chicago in January 2020.

Our Goals

1

Build pathways into tech:

Propel more women into tech education, and ultimately tech careers, through curriculum innovation, career access and community development in higher education.

2

Align local tech & entrepreneurial ecosystems:

Convene city-based partners and collaborate on increasing women’s leadership and representation in tech. City partners include universities, tech companies, and local and national organizations.

3

Support both short- and long-term change:

Bring together the supply side (academia, startups) and the demand side (industry, venture investment) to build an ecosystem where more women are graduating with relevant degrees today and finding an inclusive career environment waiting for them for years to come.

Our Partners

GET Cities is led by SecondMuse and Break Through Tech in partnership with Pivotal Ventures, the investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates. Contact info@getcities.org if you’re interested in becoming a national partner.

Pivotal Ventures

is an investment and incubation company founded by Melinda Gates that works to advance social progress for women and families in the United States

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SecondMuse

is a global innovation company that builds economies of the future: ones that drive growth, ensure inclusion, and protect the environment.

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Break Through Tech

which originated as WiTNY, is a national initiative that propels women into higher education and careers in tech through innovative curriculum, career access, and community development.

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