Portrait Project Gives a Voice to the Underrepresented People Who Work in Tech

It's no secret that there's a serious lack of diversity in the tech world. The booming industry is dominated by heterosexual white men, which often leaves people like women and minorities on the fringes of companies that are changing the world. To help bring a voice to the marginalized people of this field, Helena Price recently launched a project called Techies. The ambitious series includes tech employees in Silicon Valley who are underrepresented members of the industry–women, people of color, people over 50 years old, the LGBT community, and disabled people.

Price first posted an open call for the project in January. “I will focus on subjects who tend to be underrepresented in the greater tech narrative,” she wrote in a Medium post. “I want to hear from folks with stories to tell.” Afterwards, Price spent three months photographing and interviewing 100 people. Their profiles are posted on the Techies website, which allows you to filter subjects based on their experience, gender, title, and much more. As a whole, however, the entire project is a compelling and thorough look at career paths (both conventional and unconventional) and the challenges people have faced while in the industry. By making these stories known, it helps create a complete picture of who really works in tech.

Nancy Douyon, UX Researcher, Google

Laura Weidman Powers, Founder + CEO, CODE2040

Rana Abulbasal, Project Specialist, Facebook

Rachel Miller, Software Engineer, Asana

Karen Wickre, Editorial Director, Twitter

Fernando Pantoja, Visual Designer, Skype

Cameron Ewing, Creative Director, Facebook

Marcos Mejia, Product Designer, Facebook

Ricky Yean, CEO, PRX

Tristan Walker, Founder + CEO, Walker & Company

Justin Carson, Product Designer, Yik Yak

Techies: Website | Twitter | Facebook
via [Gizmodo]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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