This Black History Month, we want to spotlight organizations that go above and beyond to showcase and develop the talents of Black tech professionals, while diversifying the tech space and creating opportunity. Representation is as important as ever and the conversation to drive diversity forward in the field continues to be an essential part of empowering and supporting Black tech professionals. As we observe Black History Month, we hope these Black tech organizations nurture connections and encourage you to begin your own journey toward a future in tech.
Black women are underrepresented in tech — and blackcomputeHER is working to change that. Through programs, events, research, and workshops, blackcomputeHER.org celebrates Black women’s contributions to technology and provides access to education and workforce development
Wonder Women Tech
Wonder Women Tech (WWT) believes a paradigm shift is needed to remove all barriers, discrimination, systemic racism, and exclusion experienced in the tech space. In order to create real diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for women, BIPOC tech professionals, and underserved communities, awareness and action need to be brought to the forefront. WWT works directly with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, schools, and other organizations to create resources, tools, conferences, events, and initiatives. This helps connect people, fosters education, and encourages individuals to create quantifiable change.
AfroTech is a conference and web platform that connects talented tech professionals, entrepreneurs, and innovators to the resources they need to grow in the tech space. AfroTech provides a space where conversations on venture funding, growth tactics, and business strategies can flow and give way to recruiting opportunities, social campaigns, and enterprise development. Some of the conference’s most notable partnerships include companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, eBay, HBO, NBC, Pinterest, and Amazon.
Black Girls in Tech
Black Girls in Tech is a community by Black women in tech, for Black women in tech. Whether you’re in search of new opportunities as a tech professional or trying to find your way into a largely male-dominated industry, Black Girls in Tech supports all on their journey. As an organization fostering a community of empowered Black women in technology, Black Girls in Tech provides access to resources that encourage growth along with its very own curated educational resources and bootcamps. They also give scholarship opportunities for those ready to advance their education.
Blacks in Technology
Black tech professionals deserve greater representation, from startup founders seeking funding to tech workers seeking pay equity. Blacks in Technology wants that to change and “stomp the divide.” This nonprofit organization provides training, education, networking opportunities, and mentorship to level the playing field. With program partners including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, and the Linux Foundation, Blacks in Technology helps connect members of the Black community to career support and opportunities.
Black Girls in Cyber
Cybersecurity is a fast-growing sector in tech in need of high-skilled professionals — and Black Girls in Cyber help women of color find roles in the industry. They do so by creating industry awareness, providing scholarships, and giving their members access to conferences, webinars, and mentorships. Their mission statement is direct and powerful: To increase industry awareness and diversity in cybersecurity, privacy, and STEM for women of color.
Baddies in Tech
Baddies in Tech has a goal: increase representation of women of color in technology to 10% by 2030. To do so, they’re creating safe spaces for women of color to find inspiration, share advice and resources, expand their skillbase, and establish connections. This organization encourages pride in the Baddie identity — the woman of color who is unique in the work environment. Whether she’s an ambitious young girl with few role models in her life or an executive creating a path for those behind her, the Baddie community rejects professional stereotypes and says “this is what a technologist looks like.”
National Society of Black Engineers
In 1975, 48 engineering students from 32 schools formed the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to provide recruitment opportunities and improve career retention for Black engineers. In the years since, the NSBE has received support from the likes of Shirley Chisolm, the first Black woman to run for President of the United States, grown to over 30,000 members, and expanded its operations to over 790 chapters. Today, through scholarships, educational opportunities, partnerships, and events, the NSBE continues its mission to support its members as they achieve engineering excellence.
Secure your next bag — that’s the Hire Black mission in a nutshell. As an organization by Black women for Black women, Hire Black takes on the role of “super-connector,” bridging the gap between tech companies and skilled professionals via hiring events, summits, and workshops. And has it worked? Since its inception, Hire Black members have reported a total income increase of over $2 million!
Techsgiving is a nonprofit launched in 2018 to address the need for a stronger tech future for Black and Brown communities. Since then, companies such as Google, Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft, and many others have aligned themselves with Techsgiving’s efforts to amplify the minority voice. As an organization with a global focus, Techsgiving has served students and professionals from the United States and across the globe through professional development initiatives, networking, student outreach, and community partnerships.
People of Color in Tech
People of Color in Tech shares and celebrates the stories of Black people in tech. You can read about Damilola Awofisayo, the teen behind TecHack’s hackathons, or learn about Fionnghuala O’Reilly, the engineer who is changing what is considered acceptable at work by wearing braids in the lab. The organization also serves as an online job platform to connect companies with talented tech professionals of color.
Black Tech Pipeline
In 2018, Pariss Chandler mobilized the BlackTechTwitter hashtag to encourage others to answer the question, “what does Black Twitter in tech look like?” The response was viral and it inspired her to create the Black Tech Pipeline: a job board, newsletter, and recruitment platform for Black tech professionals. Now partnered with over 150 companies for their job board and 66 companies for recruitment, each company must be transparent about their DEI practices and how they support their underrepresented workforce. This allows talent to find their way into companies who value change and support the Black and Brown community.
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