Under Representation in Technology

Only 3% of the technology industry's employees are black in London, and 15% come from BAME backgrounds.

Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates, said: "The shameful level of progress in increasing both the representation of women and BAME tech workers in the sector over the past five years – 1% and 2% uplifts respectively, is simply not good enough."

There is no ethnic minority representation on nearly 75 percent of corporate boards in the UK.

Our ambition is to bring the digital inclusion of our BME girls to the forefront of digital social action. We are creating a collective impact where the tech industry's skills, passion, and commitment of tech leaders will bridge the digital divide to ensure technology is an opportunity to create a more inclusive future for all BME girls.

We aim to use tech for good intentionally so that our BME will have a positive, measurable impact on the world. They will be confident enough to use the technology to solve significant social and environmental challenges while empowering their communities.

What #BeMe Offers for a solution

We will achieve this by...

We are raising parents' awareness about the disproportionate levels of BME girls not in Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) and the rise in Robotic/Technology jobs.

Training that is aligned to individual organisations so BME girls can compete.

Distributing 400 laptops to schools (loans)

Encouraging BME girls to go on to further studies/university in Engineering/Technology

Forming a minimum of 30 partnerships organisations and businesses

We are fostering the excellent practice of developing BME girls' digital skills set

Career opportunities in tech for BME girls will give them the chance to actualise their potential. The (tech) industry will benefit from the shared creative, diverse, and cultural experiences that they can bring to the table.

#BeMe Start-up incubator, where BME girls will receive seed funding, mentoring, networking, and training to develop their innovative entrepreneurial idea.

Aligning ourselves with the UN's sustainable objectives by contributing to 5 of the 17 goals to impact on a global level.

Goal 4 Quality Education

Education inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Goal 5 Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Goal 8 Decent work and economic growth

Promoting entrepreneurialism and sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Goal 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and industrialisation and foster innovation.

Goal 10 Reduced Inequalities

Promote social inclusion.

About the Founder

Paulette Watson


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