The year of 2020 is a year of change. This month was a month to amplify the Black Lives Matter movement through educating ourselves, donating to organizations supporting the movement, signing petitions, and sharing resources.
This isn’t the end. There has always been a lack of diversity in the tech space, leaving women of colour without the support system they need to thrive in the industry. Many groups are working to make tech an inclusive space – specifically for the Black community. Here are 13 Online Tech Communities who are actively supporting people of colour in the tech space.
Afrotech is an ecosystem for Black entrepreneurs, innovators and the companies that support them in the technology industry. Find inspiring stories, tips for growing your ideas, job postings, industry insights, and resources to create your vision on your terms.
Black Female Founders is a platform and community whose mission is to provide awareness, promotion, support and resources for Black women led tech-based and tech-enabled startups throughout the U.S. and Black Diaspora.
Blacks In Technology is a global platform for Black people in technology serving members through community, media and mentorship. They provide resources, guidance and challenge members to establish new standards of innovation.
Black Tech Pipeline is a service based platform focused on bringing exposure, resources and opportunity to Black technologists, and our allies. Their platform provides the support and tools necessary to help community members grow and thrive.
Coding Black Females provide opportunities for Black female developers to develop themselves, meet familiar faces, network, receive support and build relationships through having regular meetups.
A non-profit organization that is focused on helping Black software engineers grow into industry leaders. Through it’s A* Program, /dev/color encourages black engineers to network, map their careers, and participate in career-enhancing events, meetings, and retreats.
A collection of resources for underrepresented people in tech, providing them with resources, scholarships, jobs, events, communities, and more.
A platform for Black women in tech made by Black women in tech. Frauvis is an online supportive community for Black women in tech of all backgrounds. Connect with other Black women in Tech, gain access to resources to excel your career, and enjoy member-only perks such as live podcast shows, our recorded workshops library, and more!
A non-profit organization with the aim to connect, support, and empower Latina women working in tech through hands-on training, workshops, mentorship and recruitment.
POCIT highlights the stories of people of color in tech. They hone in on diversity at different tech giants. POCIT also has an amazing recruitment platform where people of color can find great jobs in tech. You can also listen to them on their Podcast, Techish!
Rewriting the Code supports and empowers college, graduate and early career women in tech, through intersectional communities, mentorship, industry experience and educational resources, to become the next generation of engineers and tech leaders.
The goal of Tech By Choice is to increase the diversity of the tech industry by offering low to no-cost tech skill-building events, workshops, and classes to anyone that identifies as a person of color, woman, LGTBQ+, differently abled, all religious backgrounds, with the only age requirement being 18+. They work to empower the underrepresented to flourish without discrimination and ensure that we are welcoming to all.
Tech Sisters is a community that challenges the perception of Muslim women by highlighting our accomplishments in the technical space and inspiring through mentorship and collaboration.
The list goes on! Do you know of other online communities that are missing from this list? Please share them with us in the comments below. Your contribution is always welcomed.