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AUTMHQ 🤝 BigCommerce

The story of an outstanding partnership!

AUTMHQ UPDATES Hola and Hello! We have exciting news! Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTMHQ) is proud to share a little bit about our outstanding partnership with BigCommerce and how we are reshaping the tech industry. BigCommerce partnered with AUTMHQ to provide funding, career opportunities, and volunteers. This collaboration will place BigCommerce employees as volunteer facilitators with AUTMHQ, add entry, mid, and senior-level roles to the AUTMHQ job board, align AUTMHQ cohorts with BigCommerce in-demand jobs, as well as launch apprenticeships. AUTMHQ has previously hosted very successful Horizons and Day in the Life events with BigCommerce personnel. "BigCommerce is a huge proponent of representation, so participating in Horizons by AUTMHQ was a no-brainer," said Isa White, Programming Director at AUTMHQ. "We are proud to have a partnership with BigCommerce because encourage employees with nontraditional backgrounds to tell their stories to generate more interest from those who have the skills but typically wouldn’t have applied. Now that they see someone in the company they can relate to, AUTMites are more confident in being successful in their desired career." To continue achieving AUTMHQ's mission of reshaping the tech industry and generating new job opportunities in tech for the Black and Hispanic communities, we need more partnerships like this one. Become an AUTMHQ partner. Come join the movement! Paty Sesma Vice President of Marketing and Communications at AUTMHQ


Tech jobs: Men are still most likely to get interviews, says report

By Liam Tung, Contributor

When trying to fill tech jobs last year, more than one in three (36.7%) companies sent interview requests only to male candidates, according to research by Hired.

The tech industry has long struggled with issues of diversity: more than nine in 10 software developers worldwide are men. Hired said there had actually been a "significant decrease" in the percentage of positions that sent interview requests exclusively to male candidates during the past year – in 2020, that figure was 42.4%, although this year's data shows there is still significant work to do.

"This is progress, but means nearly 40% of roles are not requesting interviews with female candidates at all," it notes.


Biggest Challenges for Women in Tech

The tech industry is one of the most rapidly growing industries in the world. It offers ample opportunities for those who are skilled in coding, programming, and other technical fields. However, women continue to face significant challenges when it comes to working in tech. Women in tech face unique challenges that their male counterparts don’t. From dealing with a lack of role models to struggling to be taken seriously, these women often have to work twice as hard and overcome many obstacles. In this guide, we will discuss some of the biggest challenges that women in tech face and provide a guide on how to empower yourself and rise above them. We hope that this guide will help you achieve your goals and break through the barriers that are preventing you from succeeding in tech!


‘Accessibility is a journey’: A DEI expert on disability rights

Employers can wait for a worker to request reasonable accommodation under the ADA, but Kelly Hermann asks: Why not be accommodating from the start?

As HR professionals dig into the accessibility aspect of DEI, potholes abound. “Accessibility is one of those terms that engenders a lot of anxiety for folks,” Kelly Hermann told HR Dive. “They’re like, ‘I don’t want to do it wrong. I don’t want to be seen as the person who is going to kick the person in the wheelchair or, you know, be discriminatory,’” she recalled.

As VP of access, diversity and inclusion for the University of Phoenix, Hermann addresses campus accessibility concerns. She shows up for students with disabilities, as well as faculty and staff. As Hermann and her department educates community members on how to show up for their colleagues and course-takers, they seek to assuage worry with one key reminder: Accessibility is a journey.


Black-owned Tech firm awarded billion-dollar military defense contract

Isaac Barnes, 39, is the founder and President of Eminent Future, a Black-owned tech firm awarded a $13.4 billion dollar defense contract with the U.S. Airforce and the U.S. Spaceforce.

According to Black Business, hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Issac would later drop out of college and serve piously with the US Marines, where he prospered as a software engineer and data analyst supporting the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Isaac then went on to work for the Secretary of Defense to produce federal websites and digital products that saved millions of dollars for the Department of Defense.


Battle for Austin Tech

Event Date: September 22, 2022, at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

As an Ambassador for Battle for Austin Tech, our company is looking forward to bringing our community together with Austin Technology Council to celebrate 30 years of tech’s influence in Austin by honoring the first-ever recipients of the Austin Tech Awards and witnessing the ultimate Battle of the Tech Bands. To get involved, visit


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