While the diversity and inclusion gap has been recognized in tech for decades, black people continue to be egregiously underrepresented.
As an African American woman myself, taking the initiative to add “web developer” to my growing list of career accomplishments, it is important to connect with others in the field who relate to me culturally and professionally. For black people seeking to begin a new career in tech, or those already in tech, but searching for new ways to level up and connect with others in the field, here are a few black owned tech companies that are creating a space to close the diversity and inclusion gap.
Black Girls Code
Black Girls Code, created by founder and CEO Kimberly Bryant in 2011, is a 501(c)(3) tech company on a mission to teach black girls from underrepresented communities how to code. By providing access to skills, learning and resources to build a foundation in computer science, it is the goal to create a lifelong interest in young black youth in the pursuit of a STEM career. As the company’s motto states, black girls everywhere can “Imagine. Build. Create” when access to opportunity and resources are tangible. To learn more, visit the website here.
All Star Code
All Star Code, founded in 2013 by Christina Lewis, is an organization that teaches computer science skills to young black men. The overall mission of All Star Code is fostering “economic opportunity by developing a new generation of boys and young men of color with an entrepreneurial mindset who have the tools they need to succeed in a technological world.” To learn more, visit the website here.
Blacks in Technology
Blacks In Technology, founded by Greg Greenlee in 2009, is the largest known community and media organization that focuses on black women and men in the technology industry. As their motto states, BIT is “Stomping the Divide” by providing a repository of resources among blacks in the tech industry and guidance for those new to the career field. To learn more, visit the website here.