Blog:Code2040: Dismantling Structural Barriers
This year, I'll be a part of the Code2040 family in helping conduct interviews for their 2021 Fellows Program. I'm really excited about this opportunity. Code2040's mission is to
activate, connect, and mobilize the largest racial equity community in tech to dismantle the structural barriers that prevent the full participation and leadership of Black and Latinx people in the innovation economy.
Black and Latinx people are currently being excluded from the innovation economy at alarming rates.
Code2040's vision is the equitable distribution of power in an economy shaped by the digital revolution. I've shared before that tech isn't neutral and it is political; further, tech and products—the System!—of inequality, inequity, and oppression are by design by those in power.
Being shut out of tech means being shut out of the new rules of power, which has negative consequences on Black and Latinx people, tech, and the country.
By increasing the representation of Black, Latinx, Indigenous and other marginalized groups in tech, including leadership roles, we can begin to move toward a more just and equitable society, especially with tech increasingly being so intertwined with everyday life.
Living in and through COVID-19, we'll be conducting interviews for the 2021 Fellows Program remotely.
I am human, a father, and a problem solver: a tech and people leader with a passion and proven track-record in building and leading compassionate, productive teams—remote and on-site—within a continuous learning culture. My teams and I champion usable, inclusive digital products and online experiences. My work, passion and intentions also intersect with advising small businesses and political campaigns, life-long learning, outdoor advocacy, community building, and uplifting others. Learn more about Manny