Wanting to show the diversity of tech people, photographer Helena Price started a homepage, interviewing a more diverse group of techies and giving them a platform. Every single story I read so far was great, unique and worth the time.
“We cover subjects who tend to be underrepresented in the greater tech narrative. This includes (but is not limited to) women, people of color, folks over 50, LGBT, working parents, disabled, etc.”
A few examples I went through are:
- Grace Francisco, an immigrant, who got her first job without a college degree.
- Georgiana Arriola, a nerd at birth, as she says, is an autodidact and successful animator, company advisor and mentors LGBT entrepreneurs.
- Leanne Waldal, who finished her degree in computer science in 1993 mostly surrounded by men, is the head of research at Dropbox.
- Tristan Walker from Queens NY, who calls himself a “rose that grew from concrete”, is a successful founder and CEO of a company. They promote products falsely found in small corners of shops targeted at so called minorities.
I loved reading all of these and hearing over and over again, that if you like what you do, don’t listen to what others think of it. If you need some motivation yourself and don’t recognise yourself in the people found in mainstream media, you can find a lot more stories like these here:
I am proud to call myself a nerd and usually people laugh at first, but I don’t care. They change their attitude pretty quickly and respect me for it. So let your inner nerd shine!