Adams tells tech companies to embrace diversity at Brooklyn Tech Week kickoff
Borough President Eric Adams had a warning for tech companies and city agencies during a kickoff event for Brooklyn Tech Week on Wednesday: Embrace change, or be left behind.
In his keynote address at the gathering of tech startups, investors, policymakers and educators, Adams stressed the importance of diversity and cross-cultural connections to global competitiveness. He challenged government agencies to join the 21st century. The weeklong event series includes symposiums on topics ranging from smart cities to startups to raising capital.
“At the heart of being a smart city, it’s that devices can’t only be smart, but we must become smarter and break free of our comfort zone, and not believe that the innovation is based on the tool, but is based on the relationships.”
He asked attendees to look at their own companies. “If the people that sit in your companies … look like you, walk like you, eat the same food and came from the same background, you are really not globally competitive.”