Check out these 6 Black women who are taking the tech industry by storm.
1. Ama Marfo
Ama is the CEO & co-founder of Airfordable, a platform that allows consumers to book a trip with a deposit and then make payments on the balance. A graduate of Drexel University, Ama was inspired to make traveling more affordable after her own experiences as a student who often found it difficult to afford to travel back to her home in Ghana during school breaks. Upon graduating, she set out to devise a way to make traveling easier for people who are on a budget, and Airfordable was born.
Stacy is the CEO of TaskRabbit, a digital marketplace that matches freelance “Taskers” with consumers who are seeking someone to perform everyday tasks such as moving furniture, yard work, and more. A former executive with Google, Stacy was listed on Forbes 40 Under 40 and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for HP, Inc.
Gabrielle is a Microsoft Televangelist who specializes in open source development. A Computer Science Graduate of Florida State University, Gabrielle is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago. In addition to her work at Microsoft, she enjoys speaking and teaching others about new technology. She is also an avid gamer and claims “Cortana” is her alter ego.
Maci is the CEO and co-founder of On Second Thought, a technology she patented that allows a user to take back a message before it’s delivered to its recipient. In 2016, she was recognized on Inc Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list. She credits her inspiration for the app to an awkward text that she sent to an ex-boyfriend in which autocorrect added an unintended word that she wished she could’ve taken back. After realizing there was no technology in the market to “take back texts” she decided to develop her own.
5. Omoju Miller
Omoju is a data scientist who specializes in linking human and machine intelligence. She has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and her past work includes leading the non-profit investment in computer science for Google. She has volunteered her time as an advisor to the Obama administration’s White House Presidential Innovation Fellows and she is listed as a person to watch in Bloomberg’s Beta Future Founders program.
Kimberly Bryant is an electrical engineer and the founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching girls from underprivileged communities coding, in an effort to inspire future leaders in tech. Kimberly has received multiple awards for her efforts, including the White House Champion of Change award in 2013, and has been featured in numerous mainstream magazines, including a feature in Forbes titled, “Black Girls Code: The Next Steve Jobs Will Be a Woman of Color”.