Tech Equity And Serving the Community

Afua Bruce, a public interest technologist, introduces her experience in an up-and-coming industry that, “allows us to not just imagine a more equitable world, but to actively build justice into the systems that drive our world.” Afua Bruce has spent her career developing and applying technology for the public interest. She is currently the Chief Program Officer for DataKind, a nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science in the service of humanity. Afua was previously the Director of Engineering for New America’s Public Interest Technology program. There, Afua oversaw the Public Interest Technology University Network, as well as technologists working with state and local government, and NGOs, to develop technology and policy better together. Prior to New America, Afua served in the Federal government, as the Executive Director of the White House’s National Science and Technology Council, and in strategic positions in the FBI’s science and technology programs. Afua began her career as a software engineer at IBM. Afua holds a degree in computer engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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