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Teching While Black

There are constant upgrades in the devices we use everyday, and the technology industry is growing at an amazing rate. How will the African-American community fare in the age of new technology and innovation? Why should we care about the growing tech industry as a person of color?

According to Code 2040, the year 2040 marks the start of the decade when people of color will be the majority in the United States. Blacks and Latinos will make up nearly 40% of the U.S. population. Yet the economic indicators for these communities are poor and have not shown much sign of improving. If we’re going to be a majority-minority country, we must figure out how to empower our communities of color.

Below are three Black-owned organizations and companies that will help you learn more about technology in order to stay current regarding the latest technology trends.

Apps Without Code

Do you have an app idea but don’t know where to start? The idea of learning a coding language such as JavaScript or Ruby Rails can seem overwhelming, especially when you do not have a technology background. Apps Without Code was founded by tech industry professional Tara Reed. She is passionate about educating others on the idea that you do not need to know a coding language to produce an app. In her widely watched TedX Detroit presentation, she explains more about her passion. Check out her website for more information.

Black Girls Code

Black Girls Code first gained public notoriety in 2014 when Oprah acknowledged their excellence as the Toyota Standing O-Vation recipient in San Jose. Founder Kimberly Bryant hopes to provide pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming. According to Bryant, this is a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up. The main mission of Black Girls Code is to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders, those coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures. To learn more about a local chapter in your city check out, www.blackgirlscode.org.

Jopwell

Are you looking for a job in the field of tech? Jopwell is a diversity platform aimed at introducing candidates to opportunities across many industries like tech, finance, education, management consulting, and medicine. Porter Braswell and Ryan Williams started Jopwell in order to create a two-way empowerment for candidates and companies. Its aim is to deliver a pipeline of diverse talent to fill a range of roles across all levels – from experienced hires to interns. They introduce candidates to opportunities across many industries like tech, finance, education, management consulting, and medicine. To learn more about Jopwell, check out this exclusive EBONY.com interview with the company’s founders.

Eraina Ferguson is a writer currently penning a memoir about raising a daughter with special needs. You can learn more about her at: www.erainaferguson.com.