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Sponsored by Karat Brilliant Black Minds. I’ve been to a lot of conferences in my 22+ year career as a software engineer and career coach, but it took a bit of experience to figure out which ones were good for me and how to get an outsized return on my investment. When done right, the best conferences are where you can learn cutting-edge skills, make connections that can change your career, and find incredible new opportunities. Here’s how to make the most of them. Why go to tech conferences? We

Colorado has become the first state in the US to enact comprehensive legislation regulating AI use in critical areas like employment, healthcare, and housing.  From February 2026, affected businesses must provide information about their AI use and take “reasonable care” to protect citizens from algorithmic discrimination. “Laws that seek to prevent discrimination generally focus on prohibiting intentional discriminatory conduct,” said Governor Jared Polis, who signed Senate Bill 24-205 (SB205) on May 17, 2024. “Notably, this bill deviates from that practice by regulating the results of AI system use, regardless of intent.” Addressing Algorithmic Discrimination SB205

Intuit is hiring on POCIT. Petagae Butcher is a versatile force in the tech world, currently working as a Staff Technical Program Manager at Intuit.  Her introduction to technology started with a love of Super Nintendo in the 90s. She later graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Management Information Systems, initially majoring in Computer Programming, finding her niche bridging the technology and business worlds. Over her 18-year career, she’s garnered a wealth of experience, from software consulting to her current role at Intuit.  Born on

In today’s tumultuous tech world, internships and co-op programs are essential for Black and Brown students eager to make their mark. We’ve handpicked some of the internships and co-ops you should apply for on POCIT! But first, some FAQs: Why do an internship or co-op? Internships and co-ops are more than just resume-fillers. They’re about hands-on learning in a professional environment. You can team up with full-time professionals who mentor you on actual projects. Enjoy office resources, attend talks and social events, and dive into work that excites you. Link up

This article was originally published by Carla C. Whyte on Medium. I transitioned from classroom teaching to a remote role in Customer Success in approximately three months. My role was ‘no-code’, meaning I did not need to learn to code in order to be considered for it. I’m naming that my role was ‘no-code’ because there is still some confusion for many people not yet in “tech”, that “tech” is a role. By itself, “tech” is not a role — it is an industry. Much like other industries — healthcare, automotive,

Black professionals are now being promoted into managerial roles at rates reminiscent of 2019, a recent McKinsey & Co. study has revealed. The findings signal a concerning erosion of progress made in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and widespread corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) commitments. The Erosion of Progress The study, which analyzed promotion rates from over 270 companies employing over 10 million people, paints a disheartening picture. Promotions for Black professionals, especially women, have fallen significantly. In 2022, for every 100 men of all races promoted into

This article was first published by Joseph Micheal on Medium. Getting started with product design is a bit difficult at the beginning, like any other profession. It demands your passion, commitment, and consistency. But once you get your foot in the door, you will start seeing things more clearly than ever. Obviously, you’ll need to keep yourself updated with the ever-evolving industry, but by then, you would have mastered the art of learning. What is Product Design? Product design is the process of identifying real people with real problems and

Apple has agreed to pay $25 million to resolve allegations of illegal discrimination in its hiring and recruitment processes. The Department of Justice (DOJ) accused Apple of violating anti-discrimination laws, specifically related to its permanent labor certification program (PERM), which enables companies to hire foreign workers permanently in the US. The allegations The DOJ investigation found that Apple favored current employees holding temporary visas who sought permanent positions, creating barriers for other applicants. “Apple did not advertise positions Apple sought to fill through the PERM program on its external job

This article was first published by Temidayo Adefioye on Medium. A few days ago, I stumbled upon a post that really struck a chord with me. It was about a junior developer who had recently been let go from his job because he was deemed “too slow.” The frustration and self-doubt in the post were palpable. He was on the verge of giving up on coding altogether and turned to the online community for advice. It got me thinking, and I felt compelled to share some guidance for those of

This article was first published by Owolabi Gbemisola Oluwatoyin on Medium. Starting a tech career can be challenging, and everyone makes mistakes along the way. However, recognising these mistakes and learning from them can help you succeed when starting. In this article, I will be discussing four mistakes I made in my early career and ways you can avoid them. 4 mistakes I made while starting a career in tech. 1) Making current situations or challenges discourage me : Any little challenges always discourage or get at me and I

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