More and more women are joining the tech industry every day. Companies, no longer comfortable with the status quo, begin to realize the great benefits of having a diverse workforce, and start to provide equal opportunities to people of all walks of life. I love hearing stories about diversity changing company culture and even improving the bottom line. It shows us the workforce is evolving and women are playing an essential part in this process. I recently read a Deloitte article that predicted that by the end of 2022, the tech industry will reach an all-time high of 33% female representation.
Amazon has worked in countries across Europe to donate school supplies to help young Ukrainian refugees prepare for the new school year. Volunteers have also helped set up multimedia centers, complete with Amazon devices, to ensure the children have access language and learning support.
Earlier this summer, I had the chance to meet alumni of The Hidden Genius Project, an Oakland-based international nonprofit that provides Black male youth with training and mentoring in technology, entrepreneurship and leadership. Many of these graduates had no formal computer science education in their curriculum before joining the organization. Thanks to the technical and coding skills they learned through The Hidden Genius Project, they are now using technology to build their own businesses. One graduate, James, learned how to wire frame, which he’s using to launch an app-based shoe restoration business. Another graduate, Jeremiah, is using the digital skills he learned to increase his company’s online presence and reach more customers for his cleaning services company.
E-waste not only poses health and environmental hazards, it’s also an untapped value that businesses of all sizes, across all sectors, could return to the circular economy.
According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2020, only 17.4 percent of e-waste is formally documented as being collected and recycled. The report estimates that globally, e-waste will reach 74 metric tons by 2030, nearly double the amount since 2014. According to UNESCAP, Asia generated the greatest volume of e-waste in 2019 — some 24.9 metric tons, followed by the Americas (13.1 mt) and Europe (12 mt), while Africa and Oceania generated 2.9 mt and 0.7 mt respectively.