Stephanie Lampkin, who was a Web developer by the age of 15 and went on to get her higher education at both Stanford and MIT, often found herself losing jobs in the tech industry to white men. It was then that she decided to take matters into her own hands by creating an app that would help counteract discrimination in hiring by eliminating the biases that people hold during the hiring process.
Lampkin's app is called Blendoor, and it uploads resumes without an applicant's name or picture, so that they are judged exclusively on their merits and abilities.
Many have taken to Twitter to voice their support and congratulations to Lampkin for launching her potentially groundbreaking app:
Speaking to Forbes, Lampkin says, “My company resonates more with white men when I position it as, ‘Hey, I want to help you find the best talent. Your unconscious mind isn’t racist, sexist — it's totally natural, and we’re trying to help you circumvent it.”
Lampkin has already signed up 19 large tech firms to use the app. She is hoping many more companies sign on, saying, “Blendoor wants to make companies accountable using data."
Lampkin is surely making a name for herself in the tech community, where Black people are still hugely underrepresented. The 2015 Tech 808 conference said now is the time for the Black community to take over the tech industry. See why in the video below:
(Photo: Stephanie Lampkin via Twitter)