Breaking Into Tech has easily become one of’s most popular events. Each year, we connect current and aspiring tech workers through a series of speed networking sessions. Breaking Into Tech gives job seekers the unique opportunity to talk to professionals at San Francisco’s top tech companies and demystify preconceptions about what it takes to work in tech.

April 27–29, 2021

Breaking Into Tech During a Pandemic
Speakers: Tony Bush, Okta; Deepti Rohatgi, Slack; Jacqueline Green, Workday

As always, Breaking Into Tech featured an exciting speed networking session to connect tech newcomers with seasoned tech professionals at member companies. Bucking tradition slightly, we also focused the 2021 edition of Breaking Into Tech on how employers can remove barriers to tech hiring. Speaking to leaders at Okta, Slack, and Workday, we learned valuable ways companies can make tech hiring more equitable.

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April 28, 2020

2020: Breaking Into Tech During a Pandemic
Speakers: Ketan Anjaria, HireClub; Efrem Bycer, LinkedIn; Rachel Yaeger, Zendesk hosted Breaking Into Tech for the third year in a row. Organized in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s edition looked a bit different. For one, devoted an entire week to our 2020 Breaking Into Tech event to fully address drastic shifts in the job landscape that we saw as a result of COVID-19. It was also entirely online.

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March 28, 2019

2019: Bridging the Networking Gap at Breaking Into Tech
Speakers: Ketan Anjaria, HireClub; Abby Snay, JVS

Over 200 tech employees, recent graduates, and job seekers came together at LinkedIn’s San Francisco office for the 2019 iteration of Breaking Into Tech. Ketan Anjaria of HireClub began the evening by briefing our 150 job seekers on the art of networking. They then divided into groups and heard valuable insight and advice from five professionals in the field.

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June 21, 2018

2018: Building Connections at Breaking Into Tech
Speakers: Katie Ferrick, LinkedIn; Sherilyn Adams, Larkin Street Youth Services hosted our first Breaking Into Tech event in the summer of 2018. After a brief introduction by LinkedIn Director of Community Affairs Katie Ferrick and Executive Director Jennifer Stojkovic, mentors from tech companies throughout the city shared career advice with local job seekers. Following the formal speed networking session, our 200+ attendees had the chance to mingle some more and receive lightning resume reviews from HireClub.

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