July 27, 2022

Pinterest Partners With /dev/color To Support Black People In Tech

Black-owned acceleration organization /dev/color recently announced its partnership with visual discovery platform, Pinterest, to help support its mission of changing the tech industry for good. 

The $3 million partnership launched last year is dedicated to elevating Black technologists and leaders throughout the tech industry. Both companies will provide coaching and mentorship programs to help empower Black software engineers, executives, and entrepreneurs, giving them the tools they need to succeed within the tech industry. Also, HBCU students will benefit from this partnership as both platforms look to invest in the Black technologists of tomorrow.  

/dev/color, founded in 2015 by Makinde Adeagbo, is a non-profit community designed for software engineers by software engineers. The organization works to maximize the success of Black technologists by providing them with the connections and skills needed to start and stay in the tech industry and advance further into leadership roles. 

“We’re excited to take our partnership to the next level and make even more explicit our support for Black technologists, software engineers, and executives within the /dev/color community and at Pinterest,” said Rhonda Allen, CEO of /dev/color. 

“We see this as a tremendous opportunity to deepen the ties across both organizations. This partnership is the first in our history to span such a broad scope, and we are proud to take this step together to team up the incredible Black technologists at /dev/color and Pinterest to create the future they want to see.” 

This article was updated on 29 July.

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a 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.