Atlanta Groups Work to Bridge Tech Industry's Diversity Gap

Atlanta Groups Work to Bridge Tech Industry's Diversity Gap

Silicon Valley has a diversity problem: only one percent of technical employees at large tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google are African-American.

Industry leaders in Atlanta say tech companies here do a little better -- partly because there’s a more diverse pool of talent to draw from in the city. But those leaders also say there’s a still a long way to go.

Several groups in the Atlanta area are looking to change the picture.

Boosting Black Male Performance on the AP Computer Science Exam

Boosting Black Male Performance on the AP Computer Science Exam

In what may be considered as great news for those monitoring the technical education gap in America, the AP Computer Science A Exam showed the highest annual growth rate across all exams at 26%.  Despite the growth, over 80% of takers were male, roughly 3% were Black or African-American and less than 8% of takers identified as Hispanic.  

Darian Nwankwo | Python Dev Shines at Black Men Code Innovation Bootcamp

Darian Nwankwo | Python Dev Shines at Black Men Code Innovation Bootcamp

Darian Nwankwo is a recent graduate, teacher’s assistant, and shining star of the Black Men Code Innovation Bootcamp. The new program, which primarily focused on Python, gave Nwankwo the leg-up he needs for future startup life and current studies at Morehouse College, where he is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. This self-starter is hoping the entrepreneurial spirit found in early stage companies will help him climb to the top.