Twitter came together and this was the result. A list of people of colour in tech trailblazing in every corner of the world.
So earlier this week, (I say earlier this week because I’ve actually lost track of time from being at home for so long!) a list was created called “100 of the Best Engineers, Developers, Coders and Tech Entrepreneurs To Follow On Medium”. It received a lot of negativity and was received with disappointment by many. The issue was not the concept of the list, the issue was that the list did not truly represent the many cultures and ethnicity in the tech industry who, as we are all aware, are very underrepresented in the tech industry.
I put out a tweet to ask the world of Twitter to recommend people of colour in tech that have made or are making an impact in the tech industry and Twitter came in to support. Every person on this list was nominated by at least one person.
The list isn’t in any particular order but I was intentional in doing my best to make sure that whoever sees this this, sees someone who looks like them. I hope I have put this list together well.
The intention of this list isn’t to cause divide amongst us but to draw attention to the fact there are people of colour in tech making impacts. If you don’t see that, allow yourself to learn more about them, reach out to them, learn their stories.
In the meantime, here is 100 people you can learn about and connect with.
Thank you to the Tech Twitter community for the hundreds of nominations and look at this at just a snippet of people of color in tech that are making moves.
Dionne Condor-Farrell is a Senior Java Developer specialising in Mobile App Development. Dionne is also a Technology Coach, Mentor, Public Speaker and has won awards for her work. She is also one of the Founders of UK Black Tech.
Mark Martin MBE is a teacher here in the UK, an educational technology evangelist and the Founder of UK Black Tech. He was awarded an MBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours as well as honoured by the Mayor of London in 2019 for his efforts to make technology more diverse.
Jessica Chan is a Web Developer who has been working in tech for nearly seven years. She has one of the most recognisable faces and names in the Tech World of YouTube and Instagram where she shares her knowledge with those wanting to learn something new in regards to learning web development or help those that are web developers build on the knowledge they have.
Shodipo Ayomide is a Senior Developer Advocate, Software Engineer and Technical Lead based in Lagos, Nigeria. With 8 years of experience in tech, Shodipo also gives back his knowledge and has spoken at numerous conferences around the world as well as being one of the Lead Organisers of the ‘Developer Circles’ in Lagos from Facebook, Open-Source Community Africa and more.
Sara Soueidan is an independent remote Lead Design Engineer, Author and Speaker based in Lebanon. Despite having a degree in Computer Sciences, she taught herself about Web Development.
Kris Smith is the Founder/Principal Consultant + Strategist of TECHnically Yours, LLC, which is a Business Technology consulting + strategy firm helping CEO’s and service-based small/mid-size businesses organize, systemize, automate, and monetize their ventures. Kris is also an International Speaker, Blogger, YouTuber and has inspired many in the tech community.
Gabriela de Queiroz is a Senior Engineering Manager & Data Science Manager at IBM. She is also the Founder of AI Inclusive which works to increase representation and participation of gender minorities in Artifical Intelligence.
Kimberley Bryant is the Founder and CEO of Black Girls Code. Since launching in April 2011, Black Girls Code has reached 1000s of young black girls all over the US and also in Johannesburg, South Africa introducing them to the wondering world of coding. She was also named as a Champion of Change by The White House.
Ismail Ahmed is the Founder and Chairman of WorldRemit, the leading digital money transfer company that’s pioneering a mobile approach to sending money around the world. Ismail founded the company in 2010. Since then, it has secured over $375 million in funding, backed by Accel, TCV and LeapFrog, and has been named the fastest growing technology company in the UK.
Originally from Somaliland, he has worked with the UN in Nairobi and Dubai. He has a PhD from the University of London and an MBA from London Business School.
Frances Coronel is a Software Engineer specializing in UI development on the Customer Acquisition Team at Slack. She has been working professionally as a developer since 2015 and has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Computer Science.
Outside of work, Frances is an executive director and board member for Techqueria, a nonprofit serving the largest community for Latinx in Tech.
Brittney Ball’s story is a powerful one. Her story of how she got into tech from being a single mother and homeless to being a self-taught engineer has been an inspiration to so many and demonstrates such strength. She is also a blogger, social media creator and recently launched her YouTube channel so make sure you subscribe!
Amina Aweis is a Software Engineer at BT Group. She also runs her own publication, a YouTuber and is one of three presenters on her podcast, The Black Muslim Girl.
Christina Morillo is a Senior Technical Product Manager at Microsoft. Christina advocates for and is passionate about empowering women and underestimated people in tech, visual representation, and connecting and creating opportunities for others.
Christina has contributed to representation in tech by co-founding the grassroots initiative Women of Color in Technology, which is best known for boosting visual representation across the tech industry by way of an open-source collection of stock photos.
Chantilly Jaggernauth is the Vice President of Training & Data Visualization at LovelyticsData.As well as being a Speaker, she also sit on the Advisory Board at the Data Literacy Project and is the Founder of Millenials Data, which has a mission to bridge the data literacy and analytical skills gap by training, mentoring and preparing millennials to enter a data-driven global environment.
JeanHeyd Meneide is a Software Engineer and Speaker who was nominated for his work in contributing to the C++ standard.
Valerie Phoenix is a Full Stack Developer, UX Designer and Speaker. She is also the Founder of the ‘Tech By Choice’ which works towards increasing diversity in the tech industry. To add to this, she is also the Founder of ‘Phoenixing’ which helps organisations build better environments and products.
Amali de Alwis MBE is someone I nominated. She was the former CEO for Code First: Girls, a non-profit organisation based in the UK focused on bringing more women and non-binaries into tech and introducing them to learning how to code. I was one of those women. Currently, she is the Managing Director of Microsoft for Startups UK, she is a Board Member of the Institute of Coding’s Diversity Board, named as one of the Most Influential Women in Tech in the UK by ComputerWeekly.com and was a recipient of an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2019 for her services to diversity and training in the Tech Industry.
Erica is a Principal Group Engineering Manager at Microsoft and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in tech, as well as expanding access to tech exposure and education.
Erica is on the advisory Boards for Atipica and Hack the Hood, and was previously on the Code.org Diversity Council, the Barbie Global Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for Girl Develop It, and a Tech Mentor for Black Girls Code. Erica is a founding member of Project Include, was the 2015 Level Playing Field Institute Lux Award winner, a nominee for the 2016 Crunchies Include Diversity Award, and was included in WIRED Magazine’s 2016 Next List. Erica is currently based in Oakland, California.
Kim Crayton is a safe space, diversity and inclusion advocate. She works towards creating environments that invite a more inclusive and diverse technology community. She is also the founder of the #CauseAScene Podcast that focuses on strategic disruption of the status quo in technical organisations, communities and events.
Mina Markham is a Staff Engineer at Slack and a Frond End Web Development Architect. Alongside this, she is also a Keynote Speaker sharing her knowledge of Front End Web Development as well as a part of her tech journey to get there.
Kelsey Hightower is a Staff Developer Advocate at Google, co-chair of KubeCon, the largest Kubernetes conference, and an avid open source technologist. He is also a Speaker sharing his knowledge and expertise on all things Cloud.
Naithan Jones is a British-born entrepreneur and blogger based in San Francisco. He founded the mission-driven startup AgLocal, a software platform that allows small farmers to connect directly with restaurants and meat wholesalers. Jones, who has never attended college, developed the idea for AgLocal while working at the prestigious Kauffman Foundation.
Tae’lur Alexis is a Software Developer and Content Creator based in the US. Not only this, her journey of going from a waitress to a Software Developer has inspired many. She uses her journey and experience as a speaker and also teaches using her social media platforms such as Twitch to help others learn something new or build on their current coding skill set.
Mamta Singhal is a Toy Engineer, International Speaker, Inventor and Business Mentor. She has been interviewed on BBC News as well as had her work recognised by the British Indian Awards, the Institute of Engineering and Technology and others.
Paris Chandler is a Front End Web Developer, International Speaker, the creator of the hashtag and movement #BlackTechTwitter and the Founder of Black Tech Pipeline (#BlackTechPipeline), which is a platform extending continued support, resources, and opportunity to the Black community in the tech industry.
Ola Otaiku is a Software Engineer at Sky UK. Along with this, he is also one of the co-founders of UK Black Tech, which focuses on increasing the diversity in the UK tech industry. As well as being a Computer Science lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, Ola is also the Founder of Xuntos, a community helping people begin their careers in tech.
Bernard Kambasha is an Entreprise Architect at Vodafone and is also the co-founder of Xuntos, a community helping people begin their careers in tech.
Yewande Akinola is a chartered engineer and speaker focusing on innovation, creativity and engineering in our world today. She has worked on projects in the U.K., Africa, the Middle East and in East Asia. Her work has won her incredible accolades including being named as one of the UK & Europe’s Top Influential Women in Engineering by Financial Times and Inclusive Boards, named as one of the UK’s Top 35 Women under the age of 35 by Management Today and also being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honour’s List for her work and dedication to engineering, innovation and diversity in STEM.
Dr Nike Folayan is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow at The Institution of Engineering and Technology. Dr Nike Foloyan also sit on many Advisory Boards as members of various governmental and non-governmental organisations including the Royal Academy of Engineering, Transport for London and the University of Kent Industrial Panel. She was also named on the list of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Engineering by the Financial Times & The Inclusive Boards List.
Amongst these, Dr Nike Foloyan is also the co-founder and Chairperson of AFBE-UK, a UK-wide organisation that promotes higher achievement in Engineering particularly for underrepresented groups. She was also awarded an MBE.
Iddris is an Architectual Technologist, Technological Design Consultant and Engineer who has worked with companies like Snapchat and Twitter. For Uber, he created the software called Autonomous Collision Detection Interface, a software program that detects a driver’s hand motion and position. He is mostly recognised for his work with the late Nipsey Hussle He creating the world’s first smart retail store experience, ‘The Marathon Store’ alongside him. Iddris also received a commendation certificate from Barack Obama.
Duretti Hirpa is a Software Engineer with years of experience in the tech industry, she is also a blogger and speaker.
Angie Jones is a Senior Developer and has worked at companies such as Twitter and IBM. She is also the director of the Test Automation University which is a free community-driven educational training program providing free tech courses. She is also giving even more back to the community by sharing her knowledge and story as a International Keynote Speaker.
Saron Yitbarek is an entrepreneur and founder of CodeNewbie, the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code, now owned by DEV. She’s also a Software Developer, speaker, and podcaster.
Thank you again for the 100s of nominations and hope you found a few people that you can connect with on social media.
Arlan Hamilton is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. She incredibly built the VC from the ground up, while homeless. She is also an author and speaker. Her story is one you must familarise yourself with.
Buki Thompson is a Software Engineer and Product Specialist by day and a Fine Artist by night. Her passion for tech led her to quit her job in sales, learn how to code and pursuing a role as a Developer. To inspire more people of colour, especially women to explore the tech industry, she founded a masterclass called #CodeXHipHop. The idea of the masterclass was all about demystifying the stereotype that coding is not meant for creatives and that technology can only be fuelled through innovative solutions.
She is also a member of Witty Careers, an organisation on a mission to equip Black & Minority Ethnic women with skills to succeed in the tech industry.
Veni Kunche is a Software Engineer with years of experience in the tech industry. She created a platform called ‘Diversify Tech’, launching in 2018. With her journey and experience, Veni works to help make the tech industry more inclusive.
She also runs ‘Code with Veni’, a newsletter for underrepresented coders in tech ensuring that at least fifty percent of the content featured is by underrepresented folks in tech.
Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE has accomplished an incredible amount in her career. Aged 11, she was the youngest girl ever to pass A-level Computing, and was just 20 years old when she received her Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford.
Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE is also the co-founder of the STEMettes, an award-winning social initiative dedicated to inspiring and promoting the next generation of young women in the STEM sectors. Since its inception 7 years ago, it has exposed almost 45,000 young people across Europe. For this, amongst many other reasonings, she was also award an MBE in the Queen’s 2017 New Year Honours for her services to young women within STEM careers.
Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon is the Founder and CEO of FounderGym, a leading online program training underrepresented founders on how to raise money to scale their tech startups. She is also an entrepreneur, educator, athlete and speaker. Previously at Kapor Capital and Startup Weekend, Mandela is also a member of First Round Capital’s prestigious Angel Track.
Sheree Atcheson is a Computer Scientist, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Monzo, Speaker and Mentor. Sheree has been recognised by Computer Weekly as one of the Most Influential Women in UK Tech. She is the Global Ambassador for Women Who Code.
Andy Ayim is the founder of The Angel Investing School, consultant, speaker and mentor. He is also the Managing Director of Backstage Capital, and has worked on a range of product roles in companies such as Investec Bank and WorldFirst, acquired by Ant Financial for $700m.
Liz is a developer advocate, speaker, labor and ethics organizer, and Site Reliability Engineer with 16+ years of experience. She is an advocate at Honeycomb for the SRE and Observability communities, and previously was an SRE working on products ranging from the Google Cloud Load Balancer to Google Flights.
Dawn W. Dickson is the CEO of PopCom, an automated retail company that uses facial recognition, A.I, and blockchain technology to help retailers collect valuable customer insights.
Dawn has received numerous awards and accolades for her work and has been invited to speak on numerous panels and workshops. She has been featured in countless media outlets including Forbes, Black Enterprise, Huffington Post & Essence Magazine.
Mike Lu is the CEO of social media app, Triller. He has over 12 years of product and technology experience working in mobile/social games and online media. Mike was the co-founder of Fusion8, which was acquired by popular social media company RockYou in spring of 2016.
Dr. Kortney Ziegler American entrepreneur, filmmaker, visual artist, blogger, writer, and scholar. He has a passion for social-justice-based work in the tech space. He is also the creator and co-founder of Appolition, a crowdfunding platform for bail philanthropy and Trans*H4CK (2013) a non-profit dedicated to developing technology for the transgender community. Dr. Ziegler is also and an award-winning writer, filmmaker and scholar.
Anil Dash is the CEO of Glitch, an entrepreneur, speaker and writer. Glitch is a simple tool for creating web apps within the browser.
Alex is the co-founder & head of making at Comuzi, a design and innovation studio, working at the intersection of emerging technology and humans. Some of Comuzi’s clients include Nike, ASOS, Uber, BBC, University of Arts London, Ustwo, Waltham Forest Council and the NHS.
Alex has been recognised internationally in recent times for his work investigating the ethical implications of AI, algorithmic bias in regards to race and gender and exploring the future technological interfaces that we as humans will interact with.
Candi Castleberry Singleton is the Vice President of Intersectionality, Culture, and Diversity at Twitter, author and Keynote Speaker. She is also the founder of the award-winning ‘Dignity & Respect Campaign’, which has helped organisations create environments of dignity and respect.
Edem Kumodzi is a Software Engineer, Tech Lead, Speaker and Program Manager at Microsoft.
During his career, he has scaled a developer community in Ghana from 100 to over 1500 members within 3 years and has built and scaled a high performing engineering practice from 3 to 40 engineers within 2 years in Ghana for a leading US-based tech consulting/outsourcing firm.
Cat Posey is currently a Senior Director of Technology, Machine Learning at Capital One, leading the finch transformation at Capital One in New York. She manages the organization that is responsible for research and strategic innovation initiatives in AI/ML, including the development of tools, technologies, frameworks, and partnerships with industry and academia. Cat is also a Speaker and Founder of the Tech by Superwomen Summit.
Nelson Djalo is the Founder of ‘Amigos Code’ which is a platform that teaches people to become programmers. He also created a YouTube channel for Amigos Code where one of his most successful videos reached nearly 500k views in just 3 months!
Chintan Patel is the Chief Technologist for Cisco UK & Ireland. He leads a team of visionaries and technologists in areas such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, IoT, Blockchain, Virtual & Augmented Reality and 5G Mobile Networks.
Abi Mohamed is a Programme Manager at TechNation. With previous experience as a Software Developer, she provides workshops for founders introducing them to coding, UX, D&R and more. Abi is also one of the co-founder of the Community Growth Venture Fund where they focus on investing pre-seed and seed-stage underrepresented founder-led startups.
Ire Aderinokun is a Front-End Web Developer and user interface designer from Lagos, Nigeria. Alongside this, Ire is also the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of BuyCoins, which is a cryptocurrency exchange for Africa. She is also a blogger and Keynote Speaker as well as the organiser of a front-end engineering conference in Nigeria called ‘FullStack’.
Naya Moss is an Entrepreneur, Creative Technologist, and IT Pro from Harlem, New York. Naya started her first business at 14 years old fixing phones, laptops, and providing IT Helpdesk support. Over her 10+ year career in tech, she has held roles such as Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, IT Manager, and IT Director. Naya is the founder of 3 businesses.
Frauvis, a supportive community for Black women in Tech, started in 2017. Culturefiy, HR Tech software that focuses on culture and automation, launched in 2018. And Namos Studio, a podcast production and editing studio, launched in 2019.
Mike Legemah is a Creative Technologist and Founder of TechPro Live, a publication website that highlights, promotes & encourages people of color in tech.
Mike is also the owner of Affluent Digital, a web consulting agency that partners with brands to help them in web development, SEO, content strategy.
Mayuko is a former Senior iOS Software Engineer working at companies such as Netflix and Patreon. She is most well-known for her YouTube channel which has over 275,000+ subscribers, with over 12 million views on my videos. Her YouTube channel focuses on lifestyle, career, and tech advice videos and she also talks about challenging topics for many entering in the tech industry or currently in such as imposter syndrome.
Lenora Porter is a Product Designer, Software Engineer at Heroku and founder of Black Women In Product Design.
She also uses her knowledge of Product Design and UX to give back by creating a website sharing her knowledge as well as sharing sending out newsletters to her subscribers with resources and advice.
Danny Thompson is a Software Engineer at FrontDoor, Speaker and the Founder of Google Developer Group Memphis Charter.
Mike Little is the co-founder of WordPress, the software that runs 33% of the web. He is the director of Zed1.com Ltd his WordPress-specialist consultancy and training company.
He has worked on many WordPress sites including UK government sites, most notably he enhanced and supported the No10 Downing Street site for the Cabinet Office from 2008–2010; he developed three Law Commission consultation sites and blogs; and a custom WordPress site for DWP. He developed the award-winning “I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here” site for his client, Gallomanor, and continues to enhance it.
Tiffani Ashley Bell is Founder and Executive Director of ‘The Human Utility’, a platform bringing people together from around the world to help people in Detroit and Baltimore with their water bills. The organization has helped nearly 1,000 families and is a Y Combinator-backed not-for-profit.
Tiffani is a Speaker, a 2017 Technology & Democracy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and was also a 2014 Code for America Fellow as well as previously being the CEO & Founder of ‘Pencil You In’, enabling businesses to accept appointments online.
Tiffani is a developer working primarily with Ruby on Rails and iOS.
Charlene Hunter is a Senior Software Engineer and the founder of ‘Coding Black Females’, a nonprofit organisation with the primary aim to provide opportunities for Black female developers to develop themselves, meet familiar faces, network, receive support and build relationships by organising regular meetups.
Charlene was also named as one of 50 of the Most Influentual Black Voices in Tech UK by TechNation.
Bria Sullivan is a Software Engineer at Google, an advisor at Google Startups & The Start Fund, a start-up fund and program that was started by Di-Ann Eisnor who founded Waze in the U.S. and Lupe Fiasco, the rapper.
Nicole Archambault is a self-taught web developer and educational technology entrepreneur and Founder of ‘La Vie en Code’, a platform providing courses for new coders.
Puneet Chhabra is the Co-Founder and CTO at Headlight AI, a London based start-up developing next generation AI powered software solutions for the CUAV, autonomous vehicles (AV) and the autonomous rail (AR) market.
Priya Lakhani OBE is the Founder CEO of Century Tech, the artificially intelligent learning platform for teachers and students. Priya won the the Global AI Awards 2017 and helped to establish the Ins titute for Ethical Artificial Intelligence in Education in 2018.
As well as being a Speaker, Priya has also received many accolades including the Business Entrepreneur of the Year by the Chancellor in 2009 and made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2014 in the Queen’s Honours List.
Aisha Blake is a Staff Software Engineer at GatsbyJS, Speaker, co-organiser of ‘The Self Conference’ which offer tech presentations and insightful soft talks at the Wright Museum in Detroit and the Title Conference which is a musical tech conference. She is also the co-founder of the MeetUp group, ‘Speakers in Tech.
Nashlie Sephus is an Applied Scientist at Amazon, Speaker, Founder of ‘The Bean Path’, a company focusing on sowing technical expertise, growing networks and fertilising communities. Nashlie is also the CTO of #PartPic.
Lu Li is the Founder of Blooming Founders, a London-based company that provides female-friendly co-working spaces and events that strengthen the knowledge and connections of early stage founders to achieve better business performance. Lu is also an author and speaker.
Hiroko Nishimura is the Founder of ‘AWS Newbies’, a website providing AWS resources and learning materials catered towards beginners of Cloud Computing. Hiro is also the founder of ‘24 Villages’ which is an edTech consulting company. She is also a consultant at ‘EggHead’.
‘Jabrils’ is a YouTuber and Software Developer who is recognized for sharing C#, Python, Machine Learning and Game Development tutorials on his channel. His channel has nearly 350k subscribers and has accumilated over 10m views on his channel.
Nenne Adaora Nwodo is a Software Engineer at Microsoft in Lagos, Nigeria. Nenne is also a blogger on her own platform, ‘AdoraHack’ where she writes articles on Software development. Nenne is also a YouTuber where she puts out tech video content. She has been involved in the organisations including FSD Lagos, unStack and Android Nigeria. To add to this, Nenne is also a Speaker and Mentor.
Tope Awotona is the founder and CEO of ‘Calendly’, a scheduling tool that helps you schedule meetings without all the back and forth emails. ‘Calendly’ is said to valued at $30m.
Devika Wood is the Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Vida, a home care provider that leverages smart technology to deliver outstanding client-centred care and has secured approval from the Care Quality Commission. Devika was also featured on the Forbes 30 under 30.
Darren Tenkorang is the co-Founder of TRIM-It, tech-enabled barber service that allows its customers to order a haircut right to their doorstep. Darren also won the App of the Year Awards at the Black Tech Achievement Awards in February 2020.
Liliana Aide Monge is a tech entrepreneur and the co-Founder of WeSabio, one of the oldest and most respected coding bootcamps in the country, having been founded by tech industry innovators, and today taught exclusively by experts from companies like Fox, Gamefly, Stack Overflow, TMZ and UCLA.
Noor was the co-Founder and former CEO at GTN, a startup that uniquely combines machine learning with quantum physics to discover new medicines. She has also won many accolades for your work including being listed as one of the Top 30 Women leaders in Healthcare UK 2018, listed in Forbes as one of the top 100 leaders in healthcare and also named as one of MIT Innovators under 35. Noor has also founded Glamorous.AI.
Victoria Vasques is the founder and CEO of Tribal Tech, a company valued at $3 million government focused on improving life in Indian communities across the USA.
Mursal Hedayat is the co-founder & CEO of Chatterbox, a multi-award winning online language learning platform for professionals and businesses powered by refugees. A former refugee from Afghanistan herself, Mursal was inspired to create pathways into professional careers for refugees after observing first-hand the vast untapped talent and potential residing in the refugee community. Mursal was also named on the Forbes 30 under 30 List of Social Entrepreneurs in 2018.
Justin E. Samuels is a Senior Software Engineer for Mailchimp. Justin is also the Founder of Render ATL, the first major React conference in the Southern United States.
Taj Ahmad Eldridge is an American business executive, speaker and the Senior Director of Investments at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI).
Dillon Mehgida is a Front End Developer, Graphics Designer and Technical Writer based in Kogi, Nigeria.
Ferawi Mabla is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kinshasa. Ferawi is also the co-Founder of NTIC, a laboratory specialising in using Artificial Intelligence to improve issues currently facing the current Congolese society.
Andre Hitchman is a Software Engineer and one of the co-founders of Xuntos, a community helping people begin their careers in tech.
Jacqueline de Rojas CBE is the president of techUK, president of Digital Leaders and co-chair of the Institute of Coding. She sits as a Non-Executive Director on the board of UK technology business Rightmove plc.
Jacqueline was awarded a CBE for Services to International Trade in Technology in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2018.
April Speight is a Cloud Advocate specialising in Spatial Computing at Microsoft, the founder of Computer Club and a YouTuber where she provides basic coding lessons on my YouTube channel.
Nici Kelly is a Lead UI Engineer in AdTech, Speaker, the Founder of ‘GurlCode Academy’, where they help you transition the career of their clients with skills training in the field of Application Development.
Jina Anne is an author, Speaker and Design Systems advocate in San Francisco. Jina has worked on the Salesforce Lightning Design System and is well known for her work in visual design and leading the CSS architecture remodel for the Apple Online Store.
Dr Avi Mehra is the Co-Founder & Managing Director of Doctorpreneurs, a global not-for-profit community for doctors, medical students and individuals interested in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship.
Stephanie Itimi is a social entrepreneur who is enthusiastic about internet education and security. She founder of Seidea, a social enterprise focused on helping BAME women build cyber-security careers and Seinfo, a digital library tackling unemployment by empowering African women and youth with the skills needed for remote working.
Stephanie was also named on the 25 Ones to Watch List by Code First: Girls.
Tanya Laird is the Founder of Digital Jam and the host of the Digital Jam Sessions, which have been on the leading and creative edge spanning games, film, TV, comics, music, immersive theatre, theme parks and Transmedia.
Tanya is Vice Chair of the BAME in Games networking group; a board member of the British Games Institute and Co-Chair of the Immerse UK content group and immersive technology ambassador for ESL UK.
Michael Berhane is the founder of ‘People of Colour in Tech’, a platform sharing the stories of people of colour in tech and ‘POCIT Jobs’. Michael is also one of the presenters and creators of the popular podcast, ‘#Techish’,
Avin Rabheru is an entrepreneur, early-stage investor and non-executive director. He is Founder and CEO of Housekeep.com, which became the UK market leader in the £10 billion house and office cleaner market 3 years after launch.
Abba A. Onyeani is a Web Developer, Author and Founder of AO Consulting Services.
Tatiana Mac is an independent Art Director and Product Designer and Speaker and Developer. Tatiana works to build products that are inclusive, accessible and ethical.
Naomi Williams is a UX Researcher at William Hill. She is also a speaker, YouTuber and was nominated for the WeAreTheCity TechWomen100 Awards sponsored by J.P. Morgan.
Anna Kuforiji is a Senior UX Researcher at the UK Government Digital Service. She has a background of experience in Graphic Design and to give back, she is one of the co-founder of ‘Sisters in Tech’, an organisation focused on creating opportunities for black women and underrepresented groups to enter, explore and thrive in the tech industry.
Named as one of 50 of the Most Influential Black Voices in Tech by TechNation, Entrepreneur, founder, mentor, youth activist, Alex Onalaja is a supportive and knowledgeable figure on the Manchester tech scene. He coaches SME businesses on how to grow their business awareness and maximise profitability as founder of his business TAD360.
LaBrina Loving is a Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft. Along with this, she is a Cloud Architect with many years of experience in the tech industry. She also gives back by blogging and has shared her story and knowledge as a Speaker and STEM Advocate.
Jennifer Opal is a Big Data Engineer at BT Group. Alongside this, Jennifer is a blogger, speaker, YouTuber and Tech & Inclusion Advocate. She is passionate about sharing her experience in tech while inspiring others that are underrepresented in tech or have learning difficulties like herself being dyslexia, dyspraxia and Attention Deficit Disorder. She also gives back by providing monthly newsletter with guides and free/low-cost coding resources to learn different technologies.
With just over a year of experience in tech, Jennifer has already been named as one of 50 of the Most Influential Black Voices in Tech by TechNation, the winner of the Rising Star Award at the Black tech Achievement Awards and nominated for the Rising Technologist Award at the Booking.com Tech Playmaker Awards 2020.
Thank you again for the 100s of nominations and hope you found a few people that you can connect with on social media.
Be blessed and be a blessing.