Charlottesville, VA, September 2, 2020 – WillowTree and Innovative Software Solutions (ISS) have partnered to co-sponsor the first-ever Drive Fore STEM golf tournament, which will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020 at The Club at Glenmore in Keswick, VA. All profits from the fundraiser will go to C4K and iD Tech, both of which provide technology resources and mentorship to children in the community who lack regular exposure/access to technology.
This spring and summer have once again highlighted the intolerable level of racial inequity in our country. One area where injustices are most apparent is within the technology industry, which has struggled for years to hire and promote a diverse workforce.
“The lack of representation of racial, ethnic, and gender minorities in the tech industry is simply unacceptable,” said WillowTree CEO, Tobias Dengel. “It’s so important to support organizations like C4K and iD Tech, because they address this problem at its source by exposing kids to tech early in the educational process.”
In partnership with Innovative Software Solutions (ISS), a Black-owned software company led by Charlie Rogers, WillowTree hopes to bridge the digital divide, and provide life-changing opportunities that individuals like Charlie have received by accessing tech resources early in life, leading to a successful career in tech.
“Love heals all divides through helping others and not expecting anything in return,” said Charlie Rogers, President and CEO of ISS. “Living in the projects of Portsmouth, VA, as a young, aspiring, high school senior graduate, I desired a way out. This was made possible with selfless acts of love. For example, I was gifted with a computer, allowing me to move forward with my college and STEM dreams. The partnership between Innovative Software Solutions and WillowTree, with the focus to make strides in closing the social and technological divides in Charlottesville, is a blessing. It is our desire to unify the community and provide opportunities for local youth to freely enjoy STEM, as they prepare to thrive in the global economy."
WillowTree and ISS welcome all donations and sponsorship from those who support bridging the digital divide, and the organizations hope to make this a recurring annual event.
Tee times to play in the 2020 tournament have all been filled! To donate, or get more information on Drive Fore STEM, please visit: https://tcag-driveforestem.golfgenius.com/
WillowTree, Administration and Events Manager
About Innovative Software Solutions
Founded in 2006, ISS aims to provide the best, custom, software solutions. Each software solution is catered to the individual needs of each customer. Together, with an engineering core that has an impressive 175+ years of accumulated experience, we have developed multiple, multifaceted applications that are used nationwide. Our engineers have extensive experience with software development. They are talented with proficient knowledge of all Microsoft's development tools, .NET, Linux, Java, Angular, and, much more. They also have skill-sets that encompass a wide range of web and database development technologies. We are located in Charlottesville, VA with a remote office located in Boston, MA. ISS is a certified minority owned business. For more information, visit issvalue.com.
WillowTree helps the world’s most admired companies, including HBO, Johnson & Johnson, and National Geographic build applications that make a difference. Founded in 2008 as a mobile app and web development company, we’ve grown with the digital ecosystem to support every stage of the product life cycle. We craft digital products that solve business needs, drive market differentiation, and improve the user experience. Our teams provide end-to-end, full-stack development (including native mobile apps, web development, voice interfaces, and cross-platform), strategy, design, and growth marketing services while baking in considerations for SEO, accessibility, and security. For more information, visit willowtreeapps.com