Educators, thought leaders, and practitioners will meet and explore innovative ideas for bridging the national skills gap and expanding K12+ computer science education
Tempe, AZ – February 7, 2023
Infosys Foundation USA, a non-profit organization focused on bridging the digital divide in America, today announced the 2023 edition of its Crossroads conference series, which will be held from February 7-10th at the Infosys Tempe Innovation Hub on the Arizona State University campus. The invitation-only conference brings together over 200 distinguished participants from local and regional government, the business community, non-profit sector, and K-12 and higher education instructors to discuss ways to expand computer science education and digital skills for underrepresented communities. The event will also feature an evening reception at the Arizona Heritage Center to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of the Valley, with the Infosys Foundation offering match donations.
“The future is digital. Employers – in Arizona and across the nation – expect the upcoming workforce to bring new digital skills to the table,” said Inderpreet Sawhney, Chairperson of the Infosys Foundation USA. “But with only 53% of public high schools in the US offering foundational computer science courses, there is clearly a gap between educational pathways and industry demand. The Crossroads 2023 conference will bring together influencers, implementors, and decision makers to identify practical, implementable solutions that push the frontier of innovation in computer science education. The Foundation is excited to host this event rooted in collaboration and catalyst for a more inclusive future.“
“The Foundation is thrilled to be welcoming back our community of committed professionals and educators who are advocating for computer science, STEM and digital skills to be an essential component of education to prepare K-12 students for the technology-enabled world,” said Kate Maloney, Executive Director, Infosys Foundation USA. “Our goal for this event is to have participants leave with inspired, concrete ideas for how we can effectively expand K12+ computer science pathways for all. The Foundation is committed to building a digitally-inclusively future and this requires all stakeholders to work cohesively to bridge the gap. We want Crossroads 2023 to be the springboard to a new future that shifts the landscape of CS education.”
Crossroads 2023 is part of the Infosys Foundation USA’s ongoing efforts to bridge the digital skills gap, in line with Infosys' ‘ESG Vision 2030’ commitment to bring digital skills to 10 million by 2025. The Foundation works towards its goals through educator training, national awards and advocacy, innovative partnerships with leading non-profits, and its free digital learning platforms – the Pathfinders Online Institute and the Digital Academy.
To learn more about the event, please visit: https://www.infosys.org/infosys-foundation-usa/initiatives/crossroads.html.
Infosys Foundation USA was established in 2015 with the mission of expanding computer science and maker education to K-12+ students and educators across the United States, with a specific focus on increasing access to digital skills within underrepresented communities. The Foundation achieves impact through delivering professional development programs for teachers, partnering with leading nonprofits, and delivering innovative media campaigns that inspire everyone to be creators, not just consumers, of technology. For more information, visit infosys.org/USA.
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