Diversity in the KC Entrepreneur Community Hackathon

Define diversity in the KC entrepreneur community:

  • Inclusive workforce and tech talent development, retention and attraction
  • minority startup founders
  • minority startup investors
  • Eship should look like community
  • "Inclusion," too, as it is strongly related and necessary for successful diversity efforts.
  • find data to guide discussion


@aarondeacon @kc_cio Who do we contact at the city to get support for a large Hackithon?

@RuKCMO @KCMOInnovation @aarondeacon @kc_cio @MBC_KC  the hackithon is focused around diversity and culture. The main issues are on paper

@RuKCMO @aarondeacon @kc_cio @KCMO @KCMOInnovation when would be a great time to pitch this proposal to you guys?

@puklabs @aarondeacon @kc_cio @KCMO @KCMOInnovation I'm open in early Dec, let's draft something on   wikikc.org/%40PukLabs_Hac…

 Propose Hackathon or Design Thinking Meetup on diversity in the KC entrepreneur community:

@TEDtalks Can a Divided America Heal? 

Why Diversity Matters | Catherine Phillips | Talks@Columbia 

Why Diverse Teams Are Smarter

Mayor Sly James discussed diversity in the entrepreneur community at 2015 TechWeekKC

Labor After Labor - Report Examines Contributions of Working Mothers

Report: Area Latino  Business Ownership Surged in 2015

The Truth About Troost - video


Kansas City’s slow, steady entrepreneurial growth nabs No. 23 ranking




Design Thinking Workshop:

Describe your experience with diversity in the KC entrepreneur community.


Joe Mabin at Minority Contractors Association

Alex Harris on minority entrepreneurship 

Ollie Gates

Karen Curls & Bill Kimball - KC Urban Summit

Gwen Grant - Urban League

Ajamu Webster

Carlos Gomez - Hispanic Chamber

Pedro Zamora - HEDC

Marvin Lyman - BEU

Carlos Gomez - Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


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