Welcome to Digital Diversity

Techturized Co-Founders Jess Watson and Candace Mitchell with Lauren Thomas on the set of Digital Diversity // Photo by Dimitri Crowder Photography
Lauren Thomas and  Amani Channel on the set of Digital Diversity

Lauren Thomas and Web Video Chefs Co-Founder Amani Channel on the set of Digital Diversity // Photo by Dimitri Crowder Photography

In the past few years, there’s been an ongoing conversation about how the mainstream media views social media and about the overall lack of diversity in social media and technology. The good news is that a lot of individuals and organization are stepping up to bridge that gap. We’ve come a long way and we still have a long way to go.

  • How can we empower more people to transition from consuming digital content to creating digital content? From supporting businesses to starting businesses?
  • How can we empower more people to leverage digital media to turn their passions into profits?
  • How can we encourage more women and minorities to pursue technical careers?
  • How can we increase access and exposure to STEM fields?
  • How can we bridge the digital divide?

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Help Zamrize turn dreamers into creators

UPDATE: Congrats to Joy and the Zamrize team for raising $11,630.00 to turn dreamers into creators! If you’re curious about what they’re up to next, check out the Zamrize website or follow Zamrize on Facebook and Twitter.

My friend Joy Buolamwini is turning dreamers into creators through Zamrize, an organization that empowers Zambian youth to become creators of technology.

In partnership with local organizations, Zamrize will promote social entrepreneurship and help accelerate “impact projects” that create value for the local community. Zamrize will also ensure diverse participation in the new technology economy by providing a curriculum and hands-on learning lab focused on 3 elements: Exposure, Education & Entrepreneurship.

Zamrize Elements: Exposure, Education, Entrepreneurship

As a Fulbright Fellow, Joy has an incredible opportunity to spend 7 months in Zambia to establish an Integrative Computational Experience (ICE) Lab that will give Zambian youth access to hands-on training in software development and electronics. She needs your help to launch this innovative program. Joy is on a mission to raise $10k to provide equipment for the lab, including: laptops, smartphone, tablets and curriculum materials.

Head over to Indiegogo to learn more about Zamrize and get involved