We accelerate gender equality in tech.
Because the future of innovation depends on all of us.
How We Work
We do things differently. We open new doors. We create new pathways. We build new programs for women and other underrepresented groups in tech.
Our approach is to focus on university students in an emerging tech hub. Within that city ecosystem, we activate and align both sides of the supply chain—connecting academic partners with industry partners—to create new opportunities that bring the kind of large-scale transformation we all want to see.
Our programs create a continuous journey for college students as they move into the workforce. We focus on the three areas of intervention that researchers have shown are most critical and most effective in moving the needle: curriculum, career, and community.
Making introductory computer science classes more accessible and emphasizing real-world applications of technology through team-based learning strategies
Connecting students with workplace experience through Winternships, a paid internship program during the winter academic recess
Encouraging peer-to-peer networks and professional mentorship opportunities to support, engage, and motivate people
Break Through Tech is a national initiative launched at Cornell Tech with support from Pivotal Ventures, Cognizant U.S. Foundation, and Verizon. It originated in 2016 as a program called Women in Tech New York (WiTNY), created in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY) and a broad set of industry partners.
In just three years, we’ve had a significant impact on women in New York City. As we expand, we plan to reshape existing norms and accelerate the shift to a more inclusive workforce in more cities that are striving to be seen as drivers of innovation, sources of talent, engines of growth, and destinations for women and other underrepresented groups in tech.