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Afrofutures?

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Why afro technology isn’t part of the future?

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Afrofutures?

  1. 1. AfroFutures Why afro technology isn’t part of the future?
  2. 2. Rich, educated and connected ...There is a new class forming and they are rich, educated, and connected. They are also feared, with their weird geeky glasses, electric cars, and new data ethic. They use cafes as workplaces, bars to conduct meetings, and workplaces to “chillax“. They don’t believe in business hierarchies and believe you can quantify everything from relationships to sex. They may even be right. But more troubling is they’re most likely white or asian men. http://www.singleblackmale.org/2014/04/21/rich-educated-connected/
  3. 3. Rich, educated and connected
  4. 4. Rich, educated and connected
  5. 5. Diversity in tech?
  6. 6. What are we talking about here? In a one-and-a-half year long investigation,CNNMoney probed 20 of the most influential technology companies in the U.S. What they found: racial minorities and women are generally underrepresented in management roles. And those roles are typically dominated by white and Asian men. http://www.businessinsider.com/most-influential-blacks-in-technology-2013-4
  7. 7. What are we talking about here? Overall, 70% of Twitter’s employees are male. That number moves to 90% when you just count Twitter’s tech employees, and 79% if you’re looking only at its leadership. Fifty-nine percent of Twitter’s employees are white, 29% are Asian. Only 2% of employees describe themselves as black or African American; 3% as Hispanic or Latino. This is a stark contrast from the company’s user base. This is a stark contrast from the company’s user base. According to the Pew Research Internet Project 22% of online African Americans are Twitter users, compared with 16% of online whites. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/25/twitter-diversity-white-men-facebook-silicon-valley
  8. 8. Diversity in Google
  9. 9. Diversity in Google overall
  10. 10. Diversity in Google tech
  11. 11. Diversity in Amazon
  12. 12. Diversity in Linkedin
  13. 13. Diversity in Ebay/Paypal
  14. 14. Diversity in the BBC
  15. 15. Where are our the black tech workers?
  16. 16. Blacks have no place in the future? Roy Clay Sr., CEO, Rod-L Electronics, Menlo Park, CA "The godfather of black Silicon Valley," Clay was told in 1955 by McDonnell Aircraft there were "no jobs for professional Negroes" despite his math degree from Washington University. A year later, he was its first computer programmer. By 1965, he was research and development director for Hewlett-Packard's new computer division and created a family tree of black computer standouts. As a consultant to venture funds, he "greenlighted" the initial investments to Intel, Compaq and Tandem. In the early 1970s, he began Rod-L, which makes the hi pottesters that check all consumer electronic equipment for electrical shorts. Clay hires non-college graduates from nearby East Palo Alto to staff his factory to make the point about the underused capabilities in America's inner cities.
  17. 17. What about the culture?
  18. 18. Why is it not cool to be a geek?
  19. 19. Where does it come from?
  20. 20. Where does it come from?
  21. 21. Where does it come from?
  22. 22. Where are the black geeks?
  23. 23. Give it up for Lord Nikon
  24. 24. British leading the way, somewhat?
  25. 25. The great mis-selling?
  26. 26. The hacker manifesto We explore... and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge... and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals. Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.
  27. 27. Curiosity = geek = new (?)
  28. 28. Entrepreneurial spirit? ● They face way tougher competitors ● know the true meaning of risk-taking ● Focused on the bottom-line ● All about the product ● Manage people well ● Can sell and know customer service ● They’re creative marketers http://nextshark.com/7-reasons-why-a-drug-dealer-is-a-better-entrepreneur-than-you/
  29. 29. It's hard out here for a geek Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled gangsters and drugs dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT.
  30. 30. Embracing geek culture
  31. 31. Why is this important?
  32. 32. Code and algorithms will define our world
  33. 33. Code is law
  34. 34. Opinionated software
  35. 35. Opinionated networks
  36. 36. Say hello to your robot overlords...
  37. 37. This is like a major downer… now what?
  38. 38. How can tech help in the discussion of racial inequality? What we can see is that technology improves connectivity on all levels. It allows us to connect across geographical locations and cultures, and it gives us even more opportunities to have honest and open conversations. Mobile technology can literally put the world at our fingertips; social media can make political movements grow like wildfire around the globe. Big data helps us understand ourselves in ways we haven’t thought of before. http://tech.co/civic-eagle-ceo-will-take-see-black-tech-founders-2015-02
  39. 39. Land of opportunity “Nowhere else do you have more than one billion people who are so underprivileged and under-catered to. There is a huge business opportunity here,” said Lingham, who has invested in a number of South African startups. The VC4Africa report found investors are primarily attracted to startups in e- commerce, clean technology, e-health and financial services, with Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and Uganda key destinations. http://thenextweb.com/africa/2015/09/06/seed-funding-for-african-tech-startups-is-really-taking-off-heres-why/
  40. 40. Leading from the top President Barack Obama invited 30 companies to the White House (on his birthday, no less) to participate in the first- ever White House Demo Day. The purpose of the event was to accelerate diversity in the U.S. tech sector
  41. 41. Unconscious bias
  42. 42. Thank you, questions? Why afro technology should have a role in the future...

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