We see the stories every day, both explicitly and implicitly: “The tech industry is a young persons game.” But hasn’t it always been so. Back in the 1990s, when the Web was becoming a “thing,” I used to joke that my generation had to invent the Web because all of the good creative and development jobs were already taken by the previous generation. Now, those words come back to haunt me as I see more and more discrimination against perfectly qualified applicants; their only disqualification seems to be that they have years of experience. Too many years.
In this session I will explore the uncomfortable but vital topic of how ageism is an unspoken factor in hiring and advancement in the tech industry, and how it becomes a negative multiplier when combined with sexism and racism, further preventing diversity in a homogeneous profession.