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Madison tech sector diversity illustration

Madison’s blooming tech sector is a major source of the city’s and the state of Wisconsin’s economic vitality, but the sector’s workforce doesn’t reflect the population of either one. Silicon Valley and other areas have similar problems, but what should Madison and people in the city’s tech sector do to improve diversity and open up the industry’s economic benefits to more people?

The Cap Times, in partnership with coworking community 100state, has assembled an outstanding panel to discuss those questions at the Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St., on Wednesday, April 11. Reporter Amber C. Walker will moderate the panel, whose members are:

• Rasheid Atlas, YWeb Career Academy instructor

• Nhi Le, director of gBETA Madison at gener8tor

• Christina Outlay, Department of Information Technology professor at UW-Whitewater and founder of colorcoded

• Dante Viscarra, CEO of Fu2ra

This free Cap Times Talk will take place in the library’s third-floor meeting rooms, starting with a meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m., followed by the discussion itself from 7-8. We hope to see you there. If you plan to go, please RSVP on our Facebook event page, though doing so is not required for attendance.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include new information about the meet-and-greet portion of the event.