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Technology & Inequality in Waterloo - A FaithTech Event

James Kelly

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Technology & Inequality in Waterloo - A FaithTech Event

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The disparity between rich and poor is on the rise in North America. As an example, the tech giant Silicon Valley is experiencing an already and growing chasm of separation between rich and poor. Why? What do we do about it?

Waterloo Ontario has an incredible opportunity to be a catalyst. The continued growth of our tech scene is inevitable. Yet what view do we have towards those are the margins? What role is the faith community playing? What should change? 

This discussion will feature a panel of people passionate about this conversation.

Stephanie Rozek

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Stephanie is Executive Director for Hive Waterloo Region, an organization that works to teach digital literacy skills and to build diversity and greater inclusion within our tech sector. She volunteers with TechGirls Canada helping provide leadership and community to non-profits and industry groups working to encourage more girls to consider tech as a career. In 2012, she founded Hackademy a social innovation venture teaching coding and technology literacy via face-to-face learning and community mentorship. Her passions include social change, technology & tech literacy, community building, diversity & inclusivity. 

Fitsum Areguy

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Fitsum is a second generation Canadian, his mother is a Ethiopian refugee and his father is a Eritrean refugee. He was raised in Kitchener, experiencing life in government housing and grew up as a caregiver for his family. He spent 8 years with the City of Kitchener as an Inclusion Support Worker and Youth Drop-in Leader. He is currently working with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute researching the use of tech with health care. He has a warm soul, a heart for the marganlized and is a great communicator. He recently wrote a piece in the Community Edition on Gentrification and Mitigation that you can check out here.

Christian Snyder 

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Christian is currently Head of PR and Community Relations at He was born and raised in Kitchener and spent 16 years owning his own publishing company, Pandora Press, focused on the historical and theological roots of Anabaptist and Mennonite faith. As such, he brings enormous historical knowledge of Waterloo Region and its integration with the faith community to our conversation. Additionally, in his role with the rapidly growing technology company (formerly SweetTooth), he has an intimate knowledge of the tech community and it's impact on the city. Christian lives downtown and has a big heart for the city. Last year Christian worked at Reception House as Community Educator during the Syrian Refugee crisis. We look forward to Christian's deep rooted and unique knowledge on the topic! 

John Neufeld

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John is the Executive Director of The House of Friendship, a charitable social service agency in Waterloo, Ontario that annually serves more than 42,000 women, men, youth, and children living on low income. Neufeld oversees 150 team members and over 1,000 volunteers. HOF is exploring new ways to partner with the tech community with a pilot project to bring 3D printing training to community centres. He is married to Andrea Shantz Neufeld, and they have two children. 

To start thinking about the topic, Michael Litt wrote a thoughtful article here.

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8 Queen St N #1
Kitchener, ON N2H 2G8

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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