One stereotype of the tech industry looms large — that it is filled with hoodie-wearing, 20-something white males. Indeed, African Americans make up only 1 percent of the workforce at Facebook, Yahoo, Airbnb, and Google. That “tech bro” stereotype and the statistics that support it were partly what motivated photographer Helena Price to start “The Techies Project.” The website features portraits of workers underrepresented in the tech sector: racial minorities, women, people aged 50 years or older and those without a college degree. In this hour, we’ll talk to Price and several other tech workers about their experiences being minorities in the industry and hear their thoughts on how tech can solve its diversity problem.
Images from The Techies Project
Helena Price, photographer; creator, The Techies Project
Natasha Vianna, co-founder, No Teen Shame; community lead, Honor
Ricky Yean, founder, PRX.co
Erica Baker , co-founder, Project Include; senior engineer, Slack Technologies