engineering excellence, together.
who we are.
/dev /color is the global career accelerator for Black software engineers, technologists, and executives. And, we are the go-to accountability partner for the companies who invest in, employ and are led by them.
What started as a small squad in 2015 has grown to a community of 600+ professional members. Nearly 1,000 leaders have participated for one or more years in A* (A Star), our flagship peer mentorship program for software engineers. And, our global community reach across all media outlets is more than 20,000 strong. By design, /dev/color brings Black engineering leaders together to surface and solve some of our most pressing challenges – for us, by us, and we’re just getting started!
show up, level up,
Software engineers are uniquely positioned to improve the world—a single developer can design products that change millions of lives and the course of history as we will know it. Yet, progressing in the industry while Black remains exceedingly difficult.
Together, as squads, companies, and communities, we are changing the game by engineering excellence and advancement for Black software engineers, technologists, teams, and companies.
we are committed.
As Black software engineers,
technologists, and partners we will…
accelerate collective advancement
of Black technologists.
increase our access
to executive leadership.
for racial equity, representation,
and belonging in our partnerships.
connect Black technologists
and employers to cultivate
and increase impact.
support our work
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become a partner
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how it all started.
Over the years, Black leaders have been largely excluded from the fastest-growing technical careers in the nation.
Inspired to build community and impact, our founder, Makinde Adeagbo, convened a small group of fellow Black software engineers in Silicon Valley to start /dev/color.
They had each others’ backs, helped each other grow, and set the stage for /dev/color’s signature peer mentorship program, A*, to grow. Since then we’ve helped one another make career moves, learn new technologies, start companies, and find our squad in Silicon Valley and across the country.
our board of directors.
Software Engineering Manager
CEO of /dev/color
VP of Engineering, Twitter
Partner, Concrete Rose Capital
Founder, Wealth Noir
Head of Engineering, O(1) Labs
Founder and CEO, Thistle Technologies
Head of Financial Products Engineering, Gusto
Rhonda Allen serves as CEO of /dev/color, which equips Black software engineers and technologists with an unparalleled community of support, accountability, and professional development to shape the future as technology industry leaders.
She leads /dev/color with the deep conviction that advancing Black technologists will strengthen communities and accelerate progress toward a more equitable future.
CEO of /dev/color
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Senior Manager, Programs and Operations
Interim Head of Program Strategy
Engineer in Residence