Airbnb opens up more room for women and minorities

Underrepresented minorities and women who don’t have a background in tech, but want to make the jump into the industry, may be eligible for a job at Airbnb. That’s thanks to a new program designed to broaden and diversify the company’s engineering and data science divisions. The vacation-rental company is hiring, and it wants to do so with an eye toward diversifying, officials said. On Monday, Airbnb announced a collaboration with organizations like Coalition for Queens, a New York organization that fosters entrepreneurship among underrepresented groups, and Galvanize, a San Francisco education company that specializes in data science, engineering and Web development. The effort, called Airbnb Connect, would allow people who want to pursue careers in technology to apply for a six-month training course that would prepare them for roles…


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