Minorities in many industries face an uphill battle, and it’s no different in the tech world. If anything, tech has been one of the more notorious spaces for a lack of diversity in past decades. That’s why it’s so important to have resources dedicated specifically to supporting under-represented groups like people of color in tech.
The people of color (POC) tech resources highlighted below span categories from diversity-focused job boards to conferences/events to online content and communities discussing the tech world through the lens of minority experiences.
Table of contents:
- Community support & collaboration
- Blogs, podcasts, & publications
- Job boards & career help
- Conferences, events, & meetups
- Entrepreneur acceleration
- Scholarship opportunities
- Youth education/mentorship
Community support & collaboration
Black Code Collective is a community for black developers to help each other grow their tech skills, share knowledge, and level-up in their careers.
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A platform and community that provides resources for black women led tech-based and tech-enabled startups. The mission? Level the playing field for black female entrepreneurs seeking investment capital for their startups.
Blacks In Technology (BIT) is a community that provides resources and guidance for black men and women in the tech industry. Its goal is to increase the representation and participation of POC in tech.
A platform for the #BlackTechTwitter community to collaborate, give and offer support, and discuss the industry with other techies who look like them.
Nonprofit focused on maximizing the impact of black software engineers. 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 that helps underrepresented people in tech connect with scholarships, events, jobs, communities, and more.
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Connects, supports, and inspires Latina women working in tech through hands-on training and leadership workshops, mentorship opportunities, and job matching.
A Facebook group for Latinxs in tech to talk tech, connect with mentors, discuss pain points and learn from each other.
Techqueria is a community for Latinx people in tech to network/collaborate, share resources and job opportunities, find mentors, ask for advice, and more.
We Build Black is a tech community for black software engineers to share ideas, work on code, get help on projects, and discuss the industry through weekly meetups and Slack conversations.
Blogs, podcasts, & publications
AfroTech is a multicultural tech conference and media platform that highlights black tech innovators and their stories, strategies and ideas.
A podcast that tells the stories of black people in tech, including advice, resources and guidance for your own tech journey.
Highlights stories of people of color in tech through articles, interviews, podcast episodes, and more.
A podcast that features minority and female entrepreneurs, industry executives, venture capitalists, and diversity champions sharing their stories about the tech industry.
A podcast where two self-described “nerdy” black professionals chat about tech and culture. Episodes are released sporadically these days, but there’s a backlog of great episodes dating back to 2015.
Job boards & career help
A job board for people of color who are specifically seeking opportunities at tech and creative companies.
Include.io is a job board that helps diverse techies find job opportunities and advance their careers.
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A career advancement platform for black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals.
Noirefy connects underrepresented professionals (in tech and other industries) with high-growth startups and Fortune 500 companies that have made it a priority to invest in diversity.
Job board for people of color in tech. This site is an offshoot of the publication and podcast People of Color In Tech (POCIT).
Programs and meetups focused on helping first-generation college students and people of color land their dream jobs.
Conferences, events, & meetups
Black Women Talk Tech (BWTT) is an annual conference founded by three black women. It also has 10 chapters of national and international mastermind groups to connect black women in tech.
The Black is Tech Conference is a two-day conference that brings together the best minds in tech in the black and minority communities to discuss, inspire, teach and learn.
Coding Black Females is a community focused on growing, educating and supporting black female developers through regular meetups, free coding bootcamps, virtual events, and more.
REFACTR.TECH is an event that showcases the ideas, voices and stories of marginalized people and allies in tech. Focused on conversations around diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality in the tech industry.
Render(ATL) is a React conference in Atlanta centered around diversity, inclusion, culture, and accessibility.
Helps black and Latinx people connect with companies, mentors, and peers in the tech industry through accelerator programs for college-level CS students and tech professionals in the beginning of their career.
Creates pathways for black and Latinx women into entrepreneurship through data, training, and support.
A business accelerator for underrepresented business founders. Offers entrepreneurship education classes, bootcamps, and mentorship.
Scholarship opportunities for people of color
At time of writing, the Galvanize Scholarship covers full tuition for applicants accepted to either their Software Engineering Immersive program or Data Science Immersive program. Part of their scholarship application asks you to discuss diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
For African American, Chicano or Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander LGBTQ-identifying veterans. Coding bootcamp scholarships range from $1,000 to $1,500.
Scholarships for people from underserved backgrounds, covering up to 70% of Code Fellows tuition.
Learn about more coding bootcamp scholarships in this article.
Provides computer science education to black and Latino boys and young men through its free six-week coding bootcamp and other resources.
Black Girls Code is the Girl Scouts of technology. This program teaches young girls of color to write code and become creators.
Coded by Kids teaches young people who are underrepresented in tech (especially children of color) topics like software development, digital design, computer science, and tech startup-focused entrepreneurship.
Nonprofit that introduces underrepresented high school students to web design, coding and app development through workshops, online courses, hackathons, mentorships, app competitions, and more.
Teens Exploring Tech (TXT) inspires young black and Latino males from low-income communities to become tech entrepreneurs through hackathons, programs and events.
Hack the Hood introduces low-income young people of color to tech careers and skills by training and hiring them to build websites for small, local businesses.
Trains and mentors boys of color in tech creation, software engineering, entrepreneurship and leadership.
Latina Girls Code is a program that empowers girls ages 7-17 to learn to code through workshops, after-school programs, STEM days, and more.
TECHNOLOchicas raises awareness among young Latinas about opportunities and careers in tech.
Women of color aspiring to transition into tech can also explore these female-focused platforms for learning to code.