October 7, 2022

Prime Video, Indeed, Duolingo Join The Brilliant Black Minds Program

The world’s largest interviewing company, Karat, has announced that five of the world’s leading corporations have joined the Brilliant Black Minds program, which aims to double the number of Black software engineers in the US. 

Partners of Brilliance

Organizations such as Prime Video, Citi, Duolingo, Indeed, and Flatiron Health have joined the movement to commit further to developing Black engineers.

In addition to hiring Brilliant Black Minds program participants, these ‘Partners of Brilliance’ have committed to supporting aspiring software engineers from underrepresented backgrounds with workshops and learning opportunities.

Brilliant Black Minds Program

Karat’s Brilliant Black Minds program, co-founded in 2021, was launched as a solution to recent studies which show that Black engineers lack access and resources to excel in the tech industry.

The program has since received investment from tennis champion Serena Williams to hepp aspiring Black engineers enter the tech industry and change the world. 

Closing the interview access gap

Brilliant Black Minds aims to close the interview access gap created by systemic inequity in education and structural barriers in tech.

“The technical interview should be a gateway to economic opportunity, but we know it can be yet another barrier for Black software engineers,” said Jeffrey Spector, co-founder and president of Karat.

“The Brilliant Black Minds program offers free interview practice, feedback, and coaching to help Black engineers unlock the doors to great companies.”   

By offering practice interviews, Brilliant Black Minds can help students feel more prepared for entering the tech world, uprooting the seeds of imposter syndrome and self-doubt.

The organization also provides recommendations and resources for companies to promote equitable hiring.

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a tech reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.