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T3: The State of Tech Talent Today
On Tuesday, Bixel Exchange hosted T3: The State of Tech Talent Today at Loyola Marymount’s Playa Vista campus. The event featured the release of “Bridging the Los Angeles Tech Talent Gap,” a new report in partnership with Deloitte. The report examines the tech skills gap in Los Angeles, and recommends the creation of a coalition across L.A.’s education, economic and political sectors to create tech career pathways for young people. Read the report.
Throughout the day, executives—from organizations such as mitú, LinkedIn, Upfront Ventures, Deloitte, Nike and Snap Inc.—and government leaders shared their experiences advocating for L.A.’s diverse, untapped talent and their work creating new job opportunities with Bixel Exchange. Bixel students were also able to highlight their portfolios and share their success in our program with potential employers and attendees.
“Before Bixel Exchange, working in tech was like a fantasy to me,” said Tyroo West, a student at L.A. Pierce College who earned an internship with Headspace. “With help from their resume reviews and interview processes…it’s not a fantasy anymore, now it's my reality.” See the photos.
Snap Design Academy Showcase and new report highlight innovative partnership between Bixel Exchange and Snap Inc.
On Aug. 23, the Chamber's Bixel Exchange and Snap Inc. hosted the Snap Design Academy Showcase. Bixel's first class shared their final group projects using Snapchat features to address problems faced by local nonprofits. After the presentations, students were given the opportunity to share their portfolios with the wider Snap staff and attendees. Every student was given a certificate of completion and an award for their work throughout the program. The Snap Design Academy, a partnership between Bixel and Snap, is a hands-on,100-hour design training course for 20 students from L.A. community colleges. See the photos.
In conjunction with the event, Bixel Exchange released "Opening the Doors to the Tech Industry: The LA HI-TECH/Snap Inc. Case Study." The report highlights their ongoing partnership over the last four years as part of the LA HI-TECH and L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline initiatives. The report, released by the Career Ladders Project, can be read in full here.
Bixel Exchange and Hulu launch new design challenge with Santa Monica College
On Monday, Bixel Exchange and Hulu kicked off our new Hulu Design Challenge! The initiative partners students from Santa Monica College’s IxD program with Hulu, tasking them to design solutions to make Hulu content and services more accessible to people with disabilities.
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Business After Hours Mixer, Sept. 13
Stats show that 75 to 80 percent of networking creates new business. It's been said that if you want to make more money, shake more hands! Join the Chamber at LEVEL Furnished Living for Business After Hours, tonight! RSVP NOW.
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