The High Visibility Project is collecting the stories of women in technology. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a student just starting out, you can contribute your experiences, observations and ideas to the larger conversation about tech diversity. Our site features submitted videos from everyone with stories to tell.
This project emerged from chats among the students, teachers and other women involved with Girl Develop It Columbus. The idea was to create videos that recorded their experiences in the program to encourage others. We then figured, why not open it up to everyone?
We have a few different goals in mind:
- giving women in technology a platform to speak up and be visible;
- giving women interested in technology valuable, varied insights and role models;
- giving women and men in technology a conversational starting place.
What can you make a video about?
- What inspired you to work with or learn about technology
- What role models encouraged, or still encourage, you
- What challenges you’ve faced in your education or career
- Your experiences teaching or mentoring other women
- How you balance work and family
- Your goals for the future
- What you’d like girls and young women considering technology to know
- Please host your video at a video site such as YouTube or Vimeo. We don’t have the capacity to host video ourselves, so our posts embed externally-hosted videos only. Once you have uploaded your video, you can submit the publicly-available URL plus your story details via our submit form. If you have any questions about this process, let us know and we’ll be happy to help.
- When recording your video, make sure the sound is clear and background noise is at a minimum. Also, it’s best if the light source is not behind you, since that will make it difficult to see you clearly.
- While we don’t have a strict policy on language, keep in mind that our videos are intended for a wide audience, especially young women looking for role models. If your story involves certain language or situations, please just explain to that effect with your submission and we’ll mark it accordingly.
- We review and manually post videos to ensure there is no offensive or misdirected content. That said, we are also looking for honest opinions from a variety of different people. You’re encouraged to express experiences and stories outside of the norm.
- If you want to share your story but are worried about anonymity, you may submit text-only under a pseudonym.
- If you’re a man with a tale to tell about diversity in technology, please feel free to submit. We would always like to add more voices to the conversation, and we believe men standing up for women in tech is a great thing to see.