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Introducing Diverse Tech Talent Program (DTTP): Your Pathway to a Thriving Tech Career

Welcome to the Diverse Tech Talent Program (DTTP), an initiative brought to you by World Innovation League (WIL)in collaboration with Atila, Co.Lab, Riipen, and Skillhat.'
October 6, 2023


Welcome to the Diverse Tech Talent Program (DTTP), an initiative brought to you by World Innovation League (WIL) in collaboration with Atila, Co.Lab, Riipen, and Skillhat. DTTP is poised to reshape the future of tech by fostering diversity, providing specialized training, and opening doors to exciting career opportunities. In this blog post, we'll delve into the program's details, expected outcomes, key dates, and the outstanding contributions of our partner organizations.

About DTTP

DTTP is a unique program designed to address a critical issue in the tech industry: the underrepresentation of Black Canadians and newcomers aged 18-35. With just 2.6% of the tech workforce being Black, DTTP aims to empower these demographics through targeted training, mentorship, and job placement.

Expected Outcomes

Our primary goal is to increase the representation of Black Canadians in high-demand tech roles. DTTP will provide targeted tech training to prepare participants for high-demand roles, including roles in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Finance, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, and Healthcare. Participants will acquire skills in Web Development, Product Management and Business Analysis, and UI/UX Design (Product Design), preparing them for successful careers in these dynamic fields.

Meet Our Partners

DTTP's success is made possible through the collective efforts of our esteemed partners, each bringing their unique expertise and resources to the table:

World Innovation League (WIL) - League: WIL has global inter-continental experience running Hackathons and Incubation programs to prepare participants for tech roles and for fostering Startup creation for economic empowerment. WIL is the lead of the DTTP program and would execute the Hackathon component of the program.

Atila: Atila specializes in employment readiness training, mentor matching, resume, and portfolio development and will focus on providing vital mentorship to program participants

Co.Lab: Co.Lab is instrumental in project management training, business analysis training, and skill mentorship.

Riipen: Riipen is the #1 work-based learning platform helping educators, organizations, and learners collaborate on real industry projects to bridge the gap between higher education and employment. With a network of 31000+ employers and trusted by 590 academic institutions and training providers, Riipen helps educators and training providers integrate real-employer projects into program curriculum leading to improved student engagement and employability outcomes. As the final part of DTTP, participants will complete digital tech placements with Canadian employers on the Riipen platform. They will build meaningful connections with employers, showcase their specialist skills, and enrich their tech portfolio as they move forward in their career journey. 

Skillhat: Skillhat is instrumental in Software Development, UI/UX Design (Product Design) training, and skill mentorship.

These partnerships are essential in delivering a well-rounded program that equips participants with the skills, knowledge, and connections needed to succeed in the tech industry.

Key Dates

  • PM Cohort - Training - October 23, 2023 - November 17, 2023
  • PM Cohort - Mentorship - October 30, 2023 - December 2, 2023
  • Hackathon 1 - November 10, 2023 - November 12, 2023
  • Work Experience 1 (PM) - November 20, 2023 - December 15, 2023
  • Demo Day 1 + Program close - Toronto - December 16, 2023 - December 16, 2023
  • Web Dev Training - January 8, 2024 - February 29, 2024
  • Web Dev - Mentorship - February 20, 2024 - March 17, 2024
  • Work Experience 2 (Web) - March 4, 2024 - April 1, 2024
  • Hackathon 2 - March 1, 2024 - March 3, 2024
  • Design Training - January 8, 2024 - February 29, 2024
  • Design - Mentorship - February 20, 2024 - March 17, 2024
  • Work Experience 3 (UI/UX Design) - March 4, 2024 - April 1, 2024 How to Join DTTP

See the full Schedule on the Program web page at

How to Join DTTP

Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey towards a rewarding tech career? Joining DTTP is your first step. The application process will include qualification checks and data collection to ensure the program is tailored to your needs. Apply at

For Participants

As a potential participant, you'll be asked to provide personal information, including your name, email, phone number, city, and province. Additionally, you'll be required to specify which program you're interested in:  Web Development, Product Management and Business Analysis, and UI/UX Design (Product Design).

For Employers

DTTP offers a unique opportunity for employers to engage with a diverse pool of talented individuals. Employers will undergo a verification process to confirm eligibility.


The Diverse Tech Talent Program is set to change the face of the tech industry in Canada. With funding from the Canadian Digital Supercluster and the support of our dedicated partners and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, DTTP will empower aspiring tech professionals and bridge the representation gap in the industry. Join us on this remarkable journey and be a part of a brighter, more inclusive tech future.

Together, we'll redefine the tech landscape and create a thriving and diverse tech ecosystem.

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