21 Black Women in Tech to Know

The tech community may be less than hospitable to women of color, but Black women continue to mak...

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The tech community may be less than hospitable to women of color, but Black women continue to make inroads in the tech world. This group of women are at the forefront of innovation. They write. They code. They create. Check them out, and support the work that each of them are doing.


Angela Benton - Founder and CEO of NewME Accelerator -  @ABenton
The former publisher of BlackWeb20.com founded NewME Accelerator in 2011. NewME's mission is to educate, accelerate, and empower underrepresented tech entrepreneurs throughout the world.

Kimberly Bryant - Founder of Black Girls Code - website
Black Girls Code introduces a new generation of young black and brown girls to technology and coding. Black Girls Code holds workshops across the country, and hopefully they'll inspire more Women of Color to enter the field.
Charisse Conanan - CEO and Co-Founder of Smarteys - @CharisseAmanda
After meeting her co-founder at Chicago Booth business school, Charisse developed a platform for cash management geared specifically toward Millennials.

Tara Conley - Founder of Media Make Change - @TaraLConley
Tara is a 2013 Media Ideation fellow. She is building a Textline for Court-Involved Youth, an anonymous, SMS-based hotline that will serve young people involved in welfare, juvenile court, and foster care systems in New York City.

Kathryn Finney - Founder of Digital UnDivided - @KathrynFinney
After creating the wildly popular blog The Budget Fashionista, Kathryn Finney set her sights on building a robust network of Black women tech founders with Digital UnDivided (DID). DID hosts a yearly conference that connects founder with investors and digital managers.

Contessa Gibson - Founder of PlusNavigator - @ContessaGibson
PlusNavigator educates full figured women about their apparel options.


Janelle Jolley - Founder and CEO of Sidewalk District -  @JolleyJanelle
Sidewalk District is a multi-channel retail marketplace for local independent retailers, leveraging e-commerce & mobile-commerce to give local retailers a cyber sidewalk.

Nichelle McCall - Founder of BOLD Guidance - @NichelleMcCall
Nichelle is building BOLD Guidance - a web platform that streamlines applying to college through students’ mobile phones and allows counselors and parents to track their progress online.

Shireen Mitchell - Speaker/Consultant/Organizer - @DigitalSista
From web designer to digital organizer, Shireen's vast experiences in the tech world allow her to reach underserved communities at all levels. She's been featured by Fast Company for her work with Digital Sisters, an organization that connects women to technology.

Sian Morson - Founder and CEO of  Kollective Mobile - @XianaMoy
Kollective Mobile is a mobile development agency that helps and start-ups design and grow their mobile business by providing strategy consulting and building great apps.

Amaka Okoronkwo - Founder of Jumply - @AmakaOkoronkwo
Jumply helps women entrepreneurs grow their businesses by matching them with mentors and resources.

Corvida Raven - Blogger SheGeeks - @Corvida
Corvida runs the award-winning blog SheGeeks where she talks tech news, social media, gadgets and more. She's also been a brand ambassador for the top brands in tech.

Adria Richards - Tech Evangelist - @AdriaRichards
This tech evangelist spreads the word about emerging technologies, and her reach extends beyond Silicon Valley. She regularly speaks at tech conferences and blogs regularly at ButYoureAGirl.com.

Claudine Sarahe - Founder of Radical - @ItsMissCS
Her background is in front-end web development with a focus on large, scale web applications and sites. She's worked for Pop Art, The New Group, The Huffington Post, New York Road Runners, and Method. She's lead front-end development for sites such for FEI.com, Charlie Rose, PBS, Scholastic, Count Me In, and LocalVox.

Amanda Spann - CMO of Blerdology - @AmandaSpann
Amanda Spann is is the CMO of STEM social enterprise Blerdology (formerly known as #BlackGirlsHack) and has been honored as one of the DMV’s 30 Under 30, one of BET's 2013 “Blacks on the Brink of Greatness” and as one of 5 future leaders in technology by Black Enterprise Magazine.

Kristy Tillman - Designer and Tech Developer - @KristyT
Kristy Tillman is 2013 Media Ideation Fellow. She is building Project Phonebooth, a mobile app that aims to make applying to local government jobs easier for those who rely on mobile technology to access the Internet.
Adrissha Wimberly - Co-Founder and COO of Smarteys 
The former investment banker co-founded Smarteys, a paycheck management and personal finance site for Millennials.

Chika Uwazie - COO of Keejul - @ChikaUwazie 
Keejul brings multimedia digital content to the African continent through mobile technology. Keejul primariy property Decoded publishes African song lyrics.

Zuhairah Washington - Founder and CEO of Kahnoodle - @Zuhairah
Zuhairah is putting her Harvard JD/MBA to use at her own startup. Kahnoodle is a mobile game that makes it fun and easy for busy couples to shake up their relationship routine.

Jenna Wortham - Tech Reporter - @JennyDeluxe
Jenna covers how companies are using the Internet to change the way we work and live, Web start-ups, emerging Internet business models and tech culture for The Times's Bits blog and the internet page on NYTimes.

Christen - Blogger - @DivasandDorks
Christen marries her love for all things glamorous with thoughtful insight into the tech world. Her blog Divas and Dorks was featured by Black Enterprise last year as blog you should know.

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