As Black History month begins it’s important to recognize that Black employees are underrepresented in the tech workforce. Many companies have made concentrated efforts at better representation, but a gap remains. In celebration of historical Black innovators, here are seven Black computer pioneers you should know.
Tech for Good Updates
- Tech workers are championing Seattle Approves, a new way of voting for Seattle’s primary elections
- PosiGen is bringing solar panels to those who need it most, not just wealthy homeowners
- Amazon and Microsoft led the world in corporate purchases of clean energy in 2021
Individual Actions & Distractions
- Explore Black-owned businesses
- Attend Amazon’s Remarkably Black in Tech
- Join The Department of Education and Early Learning
- Learn how The Chief Seattle Club, is helping to combat homelessness among Seattle’s Indigenous people
- Support college students so they can focus on graduating.
- Find out what you need to know about voting and elections, including important dates, how to register, and links to government election websites.
- Celebrate Black History Month with these 5 newish books
- Listen to jokes because “Jokes are so personal, and they bring us together in so many ways.” – Mike Birbiglia
- Grab some friends for a fun night out at ReRooted creating succulent terrariums with Soleil Catchers and Krissy from ReRooted.
- State lawmakers have introduced a bill that would provide monthly cash payments to people who are low income, with no strings attached
- Another bill hotly debated by Washington lawmakers takes aim at local zoning restrictions in an attempt to deal with the housing shortage
- School’s are on the ballot for next week. Get the details about what you’re voting on