Google is brilliant about empowering their employees to work on promising side projects. Believe it or not, Gmail started out as a side project. Now they’ve started a program called Diversity Core which is aimed at bringing balance to its workforce. About 500 employees in 53 of their offices around the world have taken part in this program. Click here to read more.
The lack of diversity in the tech and start-up world has been a topic of conversation in the past here on MMXLII. As the industry as a whole needs to do a better job of including minorities and women, it appears that a titan in the industry is ready to head up that initiative.
As it currently stands, all emoji’s are the same yellow color. Although there are a few slightly different ones such as the an with the mustache, the headdress, and Gua Pi Mao that are all clearly supposed to be represent Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and Asian respectively, there is still a real lack of color among them. Well it looks like that is about to change.
Brian Krzanich made waves at CES in Las Vegas this week when he revealed that Intel would be making a huge commitment to diversity. The forward thinking CEO culminated his keynote speech by announcing their intention to increase the diversity of its U.S. workforce by 2020.
Ken Coleman, special advisor of Andreessen Horowitz, gave four possible reasons why the tech industry in the Bay Area lacks racial diversity in a recent interview with Fast Company. Coleman, HP’s first black professional in its computers unit, held executive positions at HP and Silicon Graphics, and if often referred to as Ben Horowitz’s favorite mentor. Click here to read more.
The Unicode Consortium, the group that governs the emoji standard, came to their senses and addressed emoji diversity. Click here to read more.
Game developers discuss race and racism in the gaming industry at IndieCade. “Being from New York I’ve had a lot of opportunities to be around a lot of diverse people, and then I started working in technology and I realized that I was the only black woman that was actually in a technical role which was kind of terrifying,” said indie developer Catt Small. Click here to read more.
The report breaks down Apple’s 98,000 employees based on ethnicity and gender globally. In the U.S., 55% of Apple employees are white, 15% are Asian, 11% are Hispanic, 7% are black and 9% declined to declare an ethnicity. Click HERE to read more.
Exciting news from the world of science and space exploration:
“After a decade-long journey chasing its target, ESA’s Rosetta has today become the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet, opening a new chapter in Solar System exploration.”
“Comets are considered to be primitive building blocks of the Solar System and may have helped to ‘seed’ Earth with water, perhaps even the ingredients for life. But many fundamental questions about these enigmatic objects remain, and through a comprehensive,in situstudy of the comet, Rosetta aims to unlock the secrets within.”
Rosetta Arrives at Comet Destination (Full Story)