Various companies inside the tech industry claimed they wanted more cultural and racial diversity within their workforce, but the actual hiring doesn’t even begin to reflect that. As a consequence, Brian Krzanich, CEO at Intel, released a challenge for his own company, and the entire industry, to make a change, asking them to increase the number of positions available for women and minorities. The goal Krzanich set for Intel is of full representation in the personnel by 2020.
In his speech, he stated that he felt it was no longer enough to talk about how much we value diversity. We have to take it a step further and have the workplaces in tech industry reflect the “full availability and talent pool of women and underrepresented minorities”.
This was happening at a gadget show which became public Tuesday, where Krzanich also presented a jacket button sized computer and a wristband that can fly away, changing into a selfie-snapping camera.
Concerning the main issue of his keynote, Intel’s CEO said the company found a way to keep managers accountable for the progress, by conditioning their individual pay to it. Not only that, but Intel is also pledging $300 million for diversity, which encloses programs designed for women and minorities who want to enter the technology field.
Intel’s track record is deficient when it comes to employing women and some minorities, as is the case with most Silicon Valley companies. In 2013, just a quarter of Intel’s U.S. employees were women and 14% of its staff was Hispanic or African American, according to the data revealed by the company. The challenge comes as women still face harassment threats in the tech field, even though companies are releasing more employment-diversity initiatives. As for Intel, Krzanich announced that the company will release public reports on hiring on a regular basis.
Other new technology released at the Tuesday gadget show was the company’s RealSense technology for seeing and understanding depth. The innovations were presented while using hand gestures to scroll a recipe on a tablet while cooking. Also, drones were showed thinking for themselves and maneuvering an obstacle course without human assistance. The main attraction were the RealSense sensors helping a man with visual problems know what’s around him through vibrations in his clothes.
The whole presentation was put on to show Intel’s efforts and progress in introducing machines to 3D, defining the interaction between the screen and input device as the new technology.
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