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Last year, Startup Weekend DC organized its first ever Flip the Ratio event. Our goal was to proactively increase the female-to-male ratio in a tech industry where event attendees (and employees) are overwhelmingly male.

Most tech events have a male-female attendee ratio of 70-30. So, our goal for Flip the Ratio was to have a female-male attendee ratio of 70-30. We didn’t achieve it — instead, we hit a 90-10 female-male ratio.

This confirmed our belief that diversity in tech is not an academic abstract — it is a real need with proven demand.

Flip the Ratio 2014 saw great success in terms of attendance and team solutions. It was also a great learning experience for SW DC. We realized that we can — and should — provide ongoing education for attendees.

Startup Weekend is the best way for those interested in tech roles to learn more about the industry. It’s an awesome training ground for everyone who attends. But it is also only the beginning. Startup Weekend’s real success shows when ideas become businesses and attendees keep learning.

That’s why Flip the Ratio 2015 is offering all attendees discounts to study at the world’s most innovative education startup.

General Assembly’s DC campus has joined SW DC as an official sponsor. They want all Flip the Ratio attendees to keep building their skill sets once the judges’ final ballots have been entered.

So, they are offering the following prizes:

  • All attendees will receive 10% off GA DC’s one-time workshops. Attendees can use this discount towards any workshop of their choice. This discount is valid for an entire calendar year;
  • All members of the winning team will receive $200 off GA DC’s part-time courses. This discount is valid for 3 months following Flip the Ratio.

Not sure which courses suit your interests? Attend GA DC’s Back to School Night on Friday, October 2. This free event will help you decide which courses will expand on Flip the Ratio.

GA DC is also hosting its Women in Tech breakfast this Thursday, September 17, from 9:15 – 11:15 am. SW DC’s own Lilibeth Gangas — an Open Innovation/Crowdsourcing Strategist at Booz Allen Hamilton — will speak on the panel and network with attendees.

We hope you’ll join us at GA DC this fall, and at Flip the Ratio from September 25-27. Register here to buy tickets!

 


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Lauren Maffeo