A call to action for the tech community

Fund volunteer time for your employees

Many community and nonprofit organizations need technology support. Provide your employees the opportunity to get engaged with paid service hours or matching donations. Hack Baltimore, for example, is looking for volunteers in the tech space to help solve civic problems in collaboration with community-based organizations.

Set ambitious hiring goals

The tech industry is one of the worst offenders in the diversity/inclusion space. Hire black people, but not just in entry-level positions. Your senior leadership team — beyond HR or Chief Diversity Officer — should reflect the diversity that is our nation. At Fearless we have a 50/50 goal. By 2024 we plan to have a population of 50% women and 50% minorities. This is tough and we’re not there yet, but setting the goal and publicly stating it helps keep us honest. The more people see faces that look like them, the more likely they may be to apply. And when communities of color see themselves in the tech industry, we will begin to break down the barriers and fear of the unknown.

Amplify voices

Give the black faces in your organization and in your city space to share, and amplify their voices.

Mentor and invest in black-owned tech companies

Take time to invest in other black-owned tech companies or fund the programs that do. Share your knowledge and experience with black tech leaders. If you have more money than time, consider supporting our accelerator program, Hutch. We’re a small company and have still managed to help 13 new companies get off the ground.

Sit in discomfort, then make a lasting change

We can build applications that can scale to reach millions of people across the world. We architect self-healing systems. We’ve sent people to the moon….THE MOON. But we can’t figure out how to build a tech pipeline in our city? It’s not a lack of intelligence, it’s a lack of effort. Architect and plan for that just like you would for a new large-scale application that you need to deliver. Do some discovery, apply some design thinking, generate some epics, create a backlog, break them down into user stories and start sprinting!

Embrace our generation’s moment

Baltimore saw an uprising in 2015, but this time the air feels different. The protests feel different, the awareness feels different and the solidarity around the world feels different. I don’t know if it is because of a global pandemic that has put us more in touch with our humanity, or because we’ve been quarantined in the house for months. It feels in a way like December 17, 2010, when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire and launched what was known as The Arab Spring — it changed the course of many countries. The murder of George Floyd feels like that, something that is awakening the conscience of America to once and for all cure this deep-rooted disease that is racism.

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Hi, we’re Fearless, a full stack digital services firm in Baltimore that builds software with a soul. https://fearless.tech