As we all know, February is Black History Month. It’s a month where we honor those who have made an impact on American culture for equal rights, those who have invented, those who have a helped others and those who have inspired everyone to be the best they can be, not only as a person of color but as a human.
As someone in the technology/web/social space, I often travel and attend various events in the industry and notice a huge lack of diversity, and when it comes to getting attention from mainstream media/tech blogs it’s almost impossible. That’s why I’m starting 28 Days of Diversity on SocialWayne.com. The goal of 28 Days of Diversity is to feature someone new everyday for the month of February for just being awesome in their own right. The list will include some of leaders in the social web space, startups, bloggers, conference organizers, IT professionals and friends not ranked in any particular order. Each post will include a picture, bio, two links from the selected person and this paragraph. So for the next 28 days, come back to visit SocialWayne.com to see who’s on the list. For day eleven, I would like to introduce to some and present to others: Tiffani Ashley Bell
Tiffani Ashley Bell is a twenty-something in pursuit of better living through software.
Tiffani is the co-founder of TwellWishes (http://twellwishes.com) which produces a Twitter app that keeps users from forgetting birthdays. TwellWishes features a virtual gift store that seems to have saved several people (already!) from forgetting a birthday and a gift.
Always looking for ways for code to impact somebody other than the typical nerds everybody else caters to, Tiffani is also the founder of Pencil You In (http://pencilyou.in) which allows beauticians to accept appointments online and via text message.
Tiffani also appeared on the radio in Philadelphia (Technically Speaking Radio with JC Lamkin) to talk about Ruby and Ruby on Rails (she’s a huge fan) and the greater social/access implications of free and open source software. In 2007, she spoke at the BDPA National Conference in Washington, DC to get IT professionals up to speed on Ruby on Rails with the talk “Getting Things Done–the Software Way–with Ruby on Rails.”
Tiffani graduated in May 2008 with a BSc in Computer Science from Howard University.
Come back tomorrow to see who’s next on the list. Also check out past entires on http://28daysofdiversity.com