Maryland Tech Council Seeks Technologies that Enable Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Strategies in the Workplace
This Request for Information (RFI) is being issued through the Technology Subcommittee of the MTC’s Technology Inclusivity Initiative (TI2). Believing that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) brings a competitive advantage to a company, the MTC launched the TI2 in 2021. TI2 aims to advance DEI within the State’s technology-based industries and fuel socioeconomic advancement via technological solutions for underrepresented and underestimated groups throughout Maryland.
Technologies identified through this RFI will be assessed for inclusion in an online DEI Tools Directory. The Directory will be hosted on MTC’s website, www.mdtechcouncil.com, and accessible 24/7 to organizations – both MTC members and non-members – looking for resources to assist them along their DEI journey.
“By creating Maryland’s first DEI Tools Directory, the Maryland Tech Council wants to simplify the process of assessing and choosing technologies that accelerate DEI strategies in the workplace,” said Marty Rosendale, CEO of the Maryland Tech Council. “The DEI Tools Directory will have the added benefit of showcasing Maryland’s dynamic tech community and the innovative solutions they offer.”
There is no cost to submit information to MTC about a DEI-related technology for consideration. Information can be submitted via this online form, and the deadline to do so is September 15, 2022. Upon submittal of the form, an advisory group comprised of TI2 Steering Committee members and will review the submittal. The advisory group will schedule appointments with responding technology companies to gather more information about the tool and the company. Tools deemed appropriate for organizations to consider as part of their DEI efforts will be featured in MTC’s DEI Tools Directory.
Inclusion of a technology in the MTC DEI Tools Directory is not necessarily an endorsement of that technology. MTC’s DEI Tools Directory will state that organizations should perform their own due diligence about each technology featured before making a decision.
MTC anticipates completing the qualification process by September 15th and launching the DEI Tools Directory by October 1st.
Any company that has a Maryland presence or that developed a technology in Maryland is encouraged to respond to this RFI, including Minority Business Enterprises and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises as defined in Section 14-301(f) of the State Finance and Procurement Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
About the Maryland Tech Council
The Maryland Tech Council (MTC) is a collaborative community that is actively engaged in building strong technology and life science industries by supporting the efforts of our individual members. We are the largest technology and life sciences trade association in the state of Maryland, and we provide value by giving members a forum to learn, share, and connect. MTC brings the region’s community together into a single, united organization that empowers our members to achieve their business goals through advocacy, networking and education. The vision for the Maryland Tech Council is to propel Maryland to become the number one innovation economy for life sciences and technology in the country. For more information: mdtechcouncil.com.
The Maryland Tech Council, the largest technology and life sciences trade association in the state, is seeking information on technologies that can assist organizations with developing, implementing, and tracking their diversity, equity and inclusivity (DEI) efforts. The technology must have been developed in Maryland and/or be offered by a company with a Maryland presence (e.g., business location and/or Maryland-based employees).