How a developer school is ‘engineering empathy’

A Web developer says tech companies need to integrate engineers who can work in teams and employ empathy. Take developer school Dev Bootcamp.

Take Dev Bootcamp, a nine-week developer school. It includes a mandatory course called Engineering Empathy — an hour-long group lecture once a week for the first six weeks of the program. Myers, a course instructor, said the first half of the course is introspective while the second half focuses on outward interactions.

“Me focusing on empathy means I can see what it’s like for people who are from other circumstances and be aware of that,

” Myers said. If more people in the tech industry did that, she said, diversity problems would start to shrink — and that would give way to more innovation.

By Amina Elahi