In 2012, Tech Spark was just an idea. The idea for a youth focused tech program sparked immediately after the launch of DRIVEN’s startup program. More than 80% of the technology used in everyday life are consumed by women and people of colour, and less than 1% of that group are behind the creation of that same technology. We knew if we wanted to create strong social impact, DRIVEN’s work must start with Toronto’s intelligent racialized and marginalized youth population.
Tech Spark strives to ensure all youth can equally pursue a career in technology free of barriers based on race, gender, economic status and geography. With the help of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Access Alliance, Tech Spark launched in 2015 as Canada’s first digital tech program connecting racialized and marginalized youth to enriched education, and meaningful opportunities.
To learn more about Tech Spark and to become involved, please visit techspark.ca