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The lack of diversity in the technology field is a dirty non-secret of the industry. Software firms, game designers and other businesses seem futuristic but in one way are very entrenched in the past: these entities tend to be overwhelmingly white and male. But there are contenders in the tech sector who break this mold — female trendsetters in both Silicon Valley (the California-based area of the technology industry) and Silicon Alley (the NYC tech community) — creating despite a tradition of sexism. And many of these women are black.
The latest installment of The Huffington Post’s long-running Women in Tech series showcases some of these women. Their latest piece, “27 Female Founders In Tech To Follow On Twitter,” features three African-American ladies blazing new tech sector trails. Huffington Post senior editor Bianca Bosker writes about the compilation:
As part of our Women in Tech series, we’ve compiled a list of 27 female founders who are changing industries, reshaping the public sector, doing good, and helping others, all by using technology in creative new ways.
These women are also active Twitter users who are each worth following for the insights and advice they offer about everything from entrepreneurship and VCs to social media and coding. They include CEOs and CTOs, experienced entrepreneurs and experts, scientists and engineers.
The three black members of this special “must follow” female clique are:
By Sonya Kimble-Ellis
It’s no secret that Silicon Valley lacks diversity. Caucasian males constitute many of the engineers, venture capitalists and start-up founders in this technological hot-bed of innovation. According to a recent report by Mercury News, Hispanics and blacks compose a smaller share of the valley’s computer workers in 2008 than they did in 2000. Despite the statistics, however, there are still a handful of African-Americans making their mark in the techie capital of the world. Here, we highlight the contributions of four such innovators.
Dr. Mark E. Dean
Dr. Mark E. Dean is heralded as one of the most influential engineers and inventors in America. His contribution to the development and enhancement to personal computers won him an induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. An IBM Fellow, Dean has worked at the company since 1980 and holds three of their nine PC patents. “I’m crazy about technology,” he said. “I have a vivid imagination. To me, anything you can imagine is possible. I’m not afraid to try.”
He is currently the VP of IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California as well as their Senior Location Executive for Silicon Valley, his track record speaks for itself. While at the company, Dean led the team that built a gigahertz chip, which did a billion calculations per second. His other developments enabled computers to communicate with external devices like printers, disc drives, keyboards, modems and speakers.
The innovations are known as the Industry Standard Architecture (ISA). As chief engineer, he spearheaded a project that allowed computers to be compatible with high-performance software. Dean also worked on IBM’s ground-breaking E-Tablet, a hand-held device with the same capabilities as a desktop. He presently oversees more than 400 IBM engineers and scientists.