In recent years, open source development has exploded and a new generation of technology has captivated the minds of users from all walks of life. New technologies and design patterns have made it easier for technologists to quickly prototype, build, and ship high quality technology for users all around the world. In turn, Native peoples have adopted these applications as the de facto standard for engaging with other community members. What if instead of social media applications that are geared towards everyone, there were applications geared towards Native communities and their specific needs, interests, and identities? What if when you read someone's profile you also learned what clan or band they are from? What if you could learn they spoke your tribal language? These are the kinds of questions that the Natives in Tech community hopes to answer and we would like you to be a part of it!
Natives in Tech is a coalition of Native and non-Native technologists whose goal is to support technology that reinforces Native beliefs, knowledge, and identity. This is achieved through four initiatives: networking with aspiring and experienced technologists alike, creating a strong social media presence on platforms familiar to technologists, hosting a yearly Natives in Tech conference, and building open source technology that Native peoples can use to cultivate healthy online communities. Through these initiatives we hope to build a strong community of technologists that have the power to shape the online future of the communities they serve.