In early November, 10,000 African-American programmers, engineers, and entrepreneurs within the technology industry descended on Oakland, California to discuss the different experiences and adversities associated with being a minority in such a vast space. Employees from companies of all sizes came to share knowledge and recruit talent throughout the two-day event.
Members of IDEA (Inclusion, diversity, equity, and action), Oracle Data Cloud’s affinity group, attended the AfroTech Conference 2019, joining hundreds of other technology companies to support the conference—now in its fourth year. They learned about the future of design, trends in marketing, and how to increase the African-American culture in the workplace.
Two teammates shared their AfroTech experience.
Melvin Yarber, Campaign Analyst: “There are a few things in life that leave you at a loss for words. For me, AfroTech Conference 2019 was that occasion. To describe AfroTech as another tech conference is a gross understatement. This conference provided thought-provoking dialog on topics pertaining to the black diaspora in tech. The Oakland Convention Center was magically transformed into Black Panther’s Wakanda before my very eyes. The conference gave me hope that this platform will inspire a new group of young leaders to take the helm and continue to venture into a more diversified tech industry.”
Maulana Moore, Client Partner: “AfroTech was an experience I’m so glad I shared with my fellow Oracle Data Cloud colleagues. It felt good to see my tech brothers and sisters in an environment where they were free to be unapologetically themselves and completely transparent about their struggles and accomplishments as Black folks in tech. The sheer amount of representation from many other tech companies at an event focused on the advancement of Black people in tech made me feel optimistic about the future of our industry.”
Oracle Data Cloud is committed to providing our employees the opportunity to continually learn and attend conferences that relate to their interests and beliefs. IDEA, our employee resource group, is steadily pushing diversity initiatives within the organization and helping to bridge the gap between technology and the Black communities.