Minorities in tech often struggle to locate and gain access to resources and opportunities, however organizations like NCWIT (National Center for Women in Technology) and AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) aim to bridge the gap. We realized that knowing about these opportunities in one place would help many people.
What it does
Diversity4all is a place where minorities can find resources and opportunities as well as information about the gender inequality in tech.
How we built it
The main two parts of our product are the quiz to direct users to relevant opportunities for them and the rest of the website that allows users to navigate to interesting resources. We used Google Forms for our quiz portion, and js, html, and css for the website. We researched many resources available to minorities in tech and narrowed down our choices to fit our website. We tried our best to include all minorities in the resources we provided.
Challenges we ran into
Most of us were fairly new to HTML and CSS, and we had trouble at first building our project. However we used slides from a workshop, Build and Deploy Your First Website, from Hack Girl Summer, as well as independent research and prior knowledge to help us build our project. We also had trouble connecting our domain to our GitHub repository.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We have a working product, and are proud that we chose an idea with great potential for social good. Diversity4all could potentially guide many minorities to opportunities they had never heard of, or had access to. The survey allows users to access tailored opportunities for them, which we think can have a positive impact. Also, we were fairly new to web development and to participating/competing in hackathons, so our effort was commendable.
What we learned
What's next for diversity4all
One aspect we planned to include, but did not have the chance to, was a networking map that connects users from around the world. Each user could be represented by a single dot on a location of the map, and as users hover over the map, they could view the user’s profile from their location and connect.