Celebrating Black History Month

Hello OutSystems Community, 

Here in the U.S. we dedicate the month of February as Black History Month to celebrate and recognize the achievements of Black Americans in our history, especially within the tech industry. Tech professionals such as Mark Dean, Timnit Gebru, Kimberly Bryant and many more have made tremendous strides and broken barriers for others before them. But even in 2021 Black professionals are underrepresented in the tech workforce making up only 7.4%, according to the Diversity in High Tech report.  

Earlier this month we made an announcement for our 2021 OutSystems Developer Survey about our recent partnership with Blacks in Technology Foundation. Here at OutSystems we have committed to assisting more people of color into the tech industry through this year’s Dev Survey contribution. We welcome our community to join us in these efforts by completing or sharing our 2021 OutSystems Developer Survey to their colleagues. For every completed submission, OutSystems will be donating $10 USD towards Blacks in Technology Foundation (up to $10,000 USD) to help the training and upskilling of Blacks professionals into tech. 

As Black History Month is coming to an end we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few apps that were made or had contributions made by the tech professionals listed below. 

Check out the list and show your support by downloading the apps or learning more about their contributions:

(Apps are listed in alphabetical order)

EatOkra - Anthony Edwards Jr.

Are you a foodie at heart and looking for new local spots to try? Looking to support Black-owned restaurants but need assistance finding them? Look no further than the EatOkra app! Founded in 2016 by Anthony Edwards Jr., EatOkra is a one-stop shop for users to find Black-owned restaurants and food trucks in their local area. This user-friendly app lets you filter down to your cuisine preferences, distance, delivery and more. Available in most major U.S. metropolitan areas, you can curate a list of restaurants to your liking! 

Screenshot of EatOkra App

Read more about Anthony Edwards Jr. and the backstory behind EatOkra here

Shine - Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi

Featured on CBS, Teen Vogue, NBC News and more, Shine has been highly recognized by numerous publications as well as being featured on Apple’s Best of 2020. With the Shine app, you can create a self-care ritual to help you meditate, connect and reflect. With Shine Premium you can also explore their audio library and have access to over 800+ meditations created by their diverse community. 

Screenshot of Shine App

Read more about Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi’s creation of their mobile app Shine here

We Read Too - Kaya Thomas 

With Kaya Thomas's background as iOS Engineer she started building an app that would provide a comprehensive list of books with characters that readers of color can identify with. This app came to be the highly regarded app called We Read Too.  Designed in mind for kids, parents or teachers, We Read Too is a resource for all of those who are looking for a diverse list of books to share with young readers of color.

Read more about Kaya Thomas and the We Read Too app here

Workday - Frances Liddel-Rodriguez 

Workday is a cloud enterprise app that assists businesses/employers with their HR and administrative tasks such as requesting time-off, reviewing org directory, filing expense reports and more. If you’re ever used the mobile version of Workday you can thank Frances Liddel-Rodriguez for her contributions on the user experience in mobile app feature called Worker Profile! 

Read more about her contributions on the mobile Workday Worker Profile here

Zimela - Erika Hariston and Arnelle Ansong

Erika Hariston and Arnelle Ansong experienced firsthand the importance of networking as they were taking their first Computer Science courses with no prior coding experience. After graduating Erika and Arnelle reconnected and both realized that their own personal experiences in college were similar and wanted to help others create their own support systems as well. Erika and Arnelle joined forces and launched Zimela, an app that helps curate industry specific resources, programs, events and more. 

Read more about Erika’s and Arnelle’s story here as they take Zimela to the next level in merging into Edlyft. 

Are you currently using any of these apps listed above? Let us know in the comments below! 

Hey Cat,

I've used Workday, and ...... it is AWESOME. Very neat UX, just wow! Nice work.

Hi @Swatantra Kumar

Thanks for sharing! I've used the Workday app as well and was really impressed by the UX too! 


On the same note, what about complementing the post with the google app/play store link as well. So, interested Android users can also try out. 

I hope these apps are not the Clubhouse assimilated (P.S. We're iPhone only right now) :P

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