List of Tech groups who cater or specifically includes African or Caribbean descent.

Photo credit: @AdibaMaduegbuna | afrotechfest.co.uk

Welcome friends 👋

For those who missed it, I have written up notes from my workshop at AfroTech Fest. Leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Before we start,

Disclaimer — This is a list of groups who cater or specifically includes individuals from an African or Caribbean heritage who are either currently working in tech or who are interesting in tech who are mainly based in the UK.

I had the opportunity to run an interactive workshop this year at Afrotech Fest 2019 in collaboration with Cynthia Mukendy from African Gist.

The purpose of the workshop was to brainstorm and create a library for individuals (from an African or Caribbean heritage) who are currently working or interested in Tech.

Things that we covered during the session:

  • 1: Forums / Communities that cater to individuals (from African or Caribbean descent) current working or interested in tech.
  • 2: Inspirational people in tech from an African or Caribbean descent only.
  • 3: Local organisations / business that support with funding / co-working space / mentoring / advice / job opportunities.
This was the result of 25 people split into 3 groups, please refer to the tweet thread for the original answers (twitter post below).
Amazing what you can achieve when you work together and share resources.

I decided to do some research and create a starting point list for individuals who want to join groups which are :

  • Specifically designed to cater to individuals from African or Caribbean descent.

Or inclusive for all ( tested by me personally, attended and felt welcomed).

  • Open for people who are currently working or interested in tech.
  • Offers job opportunities / mentoring ( can be either for non-technical or technical roles).

Groups / Organisations / Communities

  • Black Girl Gamers
  • BlacksWhoDesign
  • Legacy71
  • PLM Academy
  • Foundervine
  • Black Young Professional Network

Empowering the community to fulfill its potential through increasing diversity in technology

  • WCAN Network
  • LBAcademy Network
  • Witty Careers
  • Black Tech Women Organization
  • Code Collabs Society
  • Young African Centre
  • Black Girls Rule
  • Coders of colour
  • Black Girl Book Club
  • Black Girl Nerd
  • People Of Creativity
  • Black Girl Festival
  • Black Girl Tech
  • Afrotech Fest
  • UKBlackTech
  • iCANproject
  • This is YSYS
  • Amaliah
  • FoundersoftheFuture
  • Color in Tech Organisation
  • Shades of Success
  • POC in Play
  • Froware
  • Xuntos

Media

A collection of media content available online that I personally enjoy as a techie and for my own personal growth.

  • @Deborah Okenla has created an amazing list of role models in tech (female), please refer to the Coders and Techies section.
There so many individuals who are inspiring in tech from African and Caribbean descent, please leave comments of anyone who inspires you in this field. Please refer to my twitter post for some male role models.

A podcast by two millennials talking about all things tech, pop culture, and life.

  • Why Aren’t You A Doctor Yet?
  • Dream Big. Hustle Hard Book by Abadesi

The millennial woman’s guide to success in tech.

The series looks at the incredible women revolutionising our lives through technology.

If you think a group /organisation/community/ indiviudal is missing from this list, please just add via the comment section. Your contribution is welcomed.

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