OED Weekly Round-up: March 25-31

Catalyze Seattle and Reboot Seattle aim to empower local women. There’s an LGBTQ youth job fair at the Miller Center. More money is allocated to the city’s Technology Matching Fund. Draze partners with OED to fight gentrification.

1. Two Seattle women are helping local startups hire more women.  GeekWire reports that Martha Burwell and Ruchika Tulshyan have started a project called Catalyze Seattle, which aims to collect data on the demographics of startups and make recommendations to firms that want to hire more women and other minorities.

2. The Seattle Times recently profiled Reboot Seattle, a company that offers an eight-week re-entry course for women who want to return to the workforce after a period of being away. According to the article “ReBoot borrows techniques from the recently popular coding boot camps, which teach people computer code in a couple months, and tech accelerators, which provide resources to get startups off the ground”. They help their students get familiar with the latest workplace technology tools, update their LinkedIn profile, learn salary negotiation, and plan for their next step.

3. Seattle Parks is hosting an LGBTQ youth job fair! Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reports that the job fair will host over 24 employers looking to hire people age 14-24. The job fair will be on Saturday, April 1 at the Miller Community Center.

4. Statescoop reports that the City of Seattle will devote $404,000 in new funding to support the Digital Equity Initiative. The Digital Equity Initiative aims to make technology, Internet access, and technology career paths accessible to all, regardless of socio-economic status. The article reports “grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to winning applicants through the city’s Technology Matching Fund — for each dollar provided by the city, organizations match 50 cents in labor, materials or funding”. Apply at the City of Seattle Office of Information Technology.

5. Draze is a Seattle rapper who has spoken out about gentrification throughout his career. Now, he is partnering up with the Office of Economic Development to fight against gentrification. He aims to have 100 new black-owned businesses up and running in Seattle by the end of the year. Read about his plan on NextCity