The Kapor Center has launched the $1M “Tech Done Right Challenge”, a national grant competition in the U.S. which aims to improve diversity in the technology industry.
The competition, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will provide grants at a minimum of $100,000 to help organizations start and/or improve opportunities for underrepresented people of color and women in the tech sector. To qualify, applicants must answer the question “What is your innovative solution to build a diverse, inclusive and thriving tech ecosystem within your community?”
Other key criteria include proven track record of positive private and public partnerships in local tech communities, proposals to address tech inequity and a demonstrated track record for enhancing the inclusion of women and people of color. Tech Done Right Challenge program leader Sergio Rosas said that experimentation can help in determining the best way to build a technology industry that is inclusive by design.
The deadline for submission of application is on May 7, 2019.