Tech Jobs Tour

Although a certain former worker from Google doesn’t think “diversity in the workplace” is worthwhile, most companies value varied voices and inclusion. A 50-city job fair tour specifically aimed at increasing the diversity of the tech world is coming to Louisville with headline speakers from the top of Louisville’s tech field and national change makers.

Tech Job Tour specifically seeks to empower “women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, veterans, people outside of major cities and under-invested communities, disconnected youth, and more,” according to its website. It aims to make the tech industry more representative of the demographics of the United States.

“It’s a career fair meets kind of a revival,” explained Megan Smith, President Obama’s chief technology officer, in a promotional video. She also said that a goal of the tour was to “re-shore” as many off-shored jobs as possible. Tech jobs, she said, pay more than 50 percent more than the average American salary.

On Wednesday, you can visit Copper & King’s distillery for the official Tech Jobs Tour Career Fair and Mentoring sessions. Special guests include Smith, Kara Swisher (co-founder of Recode), Leanne Pittsford (CEO, Lesbians Who Tech), Mayor Greg Fischer, Ankur Gopal (CEO, Interapt), Gill Holland (CEO, Portland Investment Initiative) and former Mayor and Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson and more.

Career Fair companies include: Anchor Point, DBS Interactive, Genscape, Hogan Lovells, Interapt, Learning House and SkuVault.

The event begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. The career fair runs throughout the evening. Other highlights include sessions of speed mentoring and an informational session about coding bootcamps.

This leg of the tour begins with a 48-hour swing through Appalachia, including stops in Paintsville and Pikeville, Ky.

According to Tech Jobs Tour’s website, right now America has over 500,000 open tech jobs and by 2020 this number will grow to over one million. The tour kicked off at the South by Southwest conference in March and began touring in April.

“American cities are shifting from industrial to digital economies, meanwhile, our workforce is acquiring technical skills via non-traditional training,” said Tech Jobs Tour founder Leanne Pittsford in a press release. “From Charleston to Louisville to Portland, we’re creating hyper local activations in 50 United States cities with one simple goal: help innovative companies hire America’s talent.”

Register online. The event is free.