September 28, 2023

Techqueria opens Milwaukee chapter targeted on serving Latinx professionals in tech

Chapter administrators for Techqueria x MKE. Submitted picture.

A number of Milwaukee organizations that champion staff within the expertise sector have come collectively to launch Wisconsin’s first Techqueria chapter.

Techqueria is a nationwide nonprofit that serves the most important international neighborhood of Latinx professionals in tech, in keeping with its web site. The group’s new Milwaukee chapter – its second within the Midwest – is concentrated on leveraging expertise to assist and empower Latinx-led organizations and companies, in an effort to create a extra numerous and inclusive tech neighborhood in southeastern Wisconsin.

Space organizations that helped set up the chapter, generally known as Techqueria x MKE, embrace Hispanic Professionals of Larger Milwaukee, i.c. stars Milwaukee, Molson Coors, the Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition, Knowledge You Can Use, MiVoz and Carmen Diana.

“With a nationwide group like Techqueria, we’re going to have the ability to plug Milwaukee into the bigger tech ecosystem past the 414,” mentioned Leia Ferrari Traner, founder and principal advisor at Carmen Diana. “I’m excited to indicate Latinx of us in Wisconsin all of the ways in which expertise, when used ethically, could be our technology’s nice financial equalizer.”

Different chapter administrators embrace Andrea Mendez Barrutia, founding father of MiVoz; Jasmin Treske, director of early expertise for the Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition; Francesca Mayca Wegner, president and chief prospects officer at HPGM; Blanca Gonzales, govt director of i.c. stars Milwaukee; Julea Ferrara, senior options designer for Molson Coors; and Victor Amaya, president and govt director of Knowledge You Can Use.

Techqueria x MKE administrators imagine within the energy of collaboration to create alternatives for college students to discover tech careers, allow Latinx-owned companies by way of technical abilities and sources, and appeal to and develop Latinx tech expertise within the Milwaukee space. Techqueria x MKE additionally plans to offer assist to native company worker sources teams and mentoring applications to make sure the expansion and retention of the native Latinx expertise pool, in keeping with a brand new launch.

“Latinx people make up practically 40% of the inhabitants in Milwaukee,” mentioned Treska. “Techqueria x MKE will drive additional collaboration amongst the Latinx tech neighborhood in our metropolis. Because of this, we are able to work collectively to deliberately meet the wants of Latinx enterprise homeowners, startups, early expertise and a lot extra by empowering them by way of tech sources, specialists and training.”

Techqueria x MKE just isn’t the one native group seeking to assist the subsequent technology of Latinx tech professionals. Latinos in Tech, based in 2019, additionally works to empower Latinx tech staff by way of resource-sharing, particular occasions {and professional} improvement providers.