Are you looking to add more diversity to your web development team? Maybe you’re starting an eCommerce website and you want to avoid the most common eCommerce mistakes as well as hire a diverse talent set.
Well, you’re in luck! But first: congratulations! The decision to hire qualified tech talent from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds is a very important one. The tech industry is brimming with top-notch talent from all walks of life, but, unfortunately, just 15% of tech professionals are people of color. Even worse, very few professionals from the Black and Latinx communities hold management positions in the tech industry. Your decision to change that is significant and will go a long way toward improving your company, community, and the tech industry.
You may be wondering what resources you can tap into to find qualified applicants. Luckily, there are some excellent organizations like Code2040, Black Girls Code, and excellent tech education hubs like coding bootcamps. These organizations and programs prepare minorities for careers in web development and provide mentoring services for Black and Latinx tech professionals seeking management positions.
If you are in San Francisco, or the Greater Bay Area, these are some great local resources, as both Code2040 and Black Girls Code are based there. There are also some great San Francisco bootcamps that you can reach out to.
Let’s take a closer look at these organizations and bootcamps.
Black Girls Code
Black Girls Code provides programing lessons to girls of color in the sixth to 12th-grade age range. Its goal is to help one million African American girls learn to code by the year 2040. The team does this by teaching girls from under-represented communities the programming languages, Scratch and Ruby on Rails. They also host girls only hackathons where their ‘tech divas’ compete in teams, aided by an expert tech mentor. The girls participate in app, game, and tool-building competitions around a specific theme. Black Girls Code is active in seven states, as well as in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Code2040 is on a mission to help 150,000 tech professionals from the Black and Latinx communities reach top-notch status and obtain tech management positions. Black and Latinx people represent 15% of tech professionals, but few of them work as managers. Code2040 is changing this by pairing upcoming tech professionals with industry veterans through their Early Career Accelerator Program (EACP). The team has also developed a fellowship program for college and graduate-level students that serves as an intensive summer internship at a top tech company in the San Francisco Bay Area and an advocacy program for racial equality.
Web Development Bootcamps
Now you know about these excellent organizations that promote diversity in the tech industry, let’s take a look at some of the educational diversity you may be able to find through web development bootcamps. These short-term, intensive programs teach, in less than a year, what used to take two or even four years through traditional routes, like earning a computer science degree. Web development bootcamps teach practical skills necessary to become a successful Web Developer, without any of the fluff or unrelated material that is all too common in traditional educational environments. The result is a qualified and industry-ready Web Developer for your team.
Web development bootcamps are the logical next step for many Black Girls Code’s students. Likewise, many of the tech professionals assisted by Code2040 get started by attending these bootcamps.
Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.