It’s no secret that tech companies are cesspools of homogeneity — sometimes embarrassingly so. While a big initiative launches in the White House to help diversify the industry, here’s another very inspiring project that seeks to tell the stories of underrepresented voices in the tech world.
Techies is the work of Helena Price, who posted an open call for the project on Medium in January. “I want to show the outside world a more comprehensive picture of people who work in tech,” she said. “I also want to bring a bit of attention to folks in the industry whose stories have never been heard, considered or celebrated.”
Over the course of three months, she photographed and interviewed 100 people, and she has posted all the profiles on a website, all easily optimised for discovering a random person with an interesting career path or finding someone who might have had challenging experiences similar to your own.
Some of the more famous people profiled include designer John Maeda and Gizmodo’s own former editor Brian Lam, but I really enjoyed just picking someone I didn’t know to hear an inspiring — and sometimes dismaying — story. Price will be highlighting the interviews daily for the next 100 days, so follow her on Twitter to see more.