Techsdale is a charity created to teach valuable tech skills to youth in the Rexdale neighbourhood of Toronto. Our goals are to help these youth express themselves through digital media and to diversify the tech sector by facilitating access to employability and internships.
Gaming culture (and if we’re being honest, tech culture as a whole) has been dogged by its diversity problem for quite a while. As time goes on though, the conversation becomes less about the need for tolerance than eliminating the social and financial harm inflicted by refusal to diversify. By leaving behind young people of colour we not only diminish their opportunities, but opportunities for tech industry growth as well.
Those of you who followed Andray Domise’s 2014 election campaign Toronto’s Ward 2 may remember him announcing a plan for Techsdale. Techsdale would help Rexdale-area youth translate their interest in video games and technology into careers and creative skills: instead of just playing games, why couldn’t they learn how to make their own games? In addition to acquiring skills, the kids participating in […]