This is a great innovation: using crowdsourcing principles to positively encourage recommendations and enhance recruitment opportunities for talented candidates from a much wider pool, thereby encouraging diversity while ensuring quality. A great example of technology being used to promote diversity and specifically aimed at the technology industry.
Heidi Harman has a succinct way of describing the tech industry’s issues with diversity. “It’s Steve, hiring Steve, hiring Steve,” she says. (It is. A recent analysis from the Center for Investigative Reporting found that, despite concerted efforts to address the issue, white men are still massively overrepresented in Silicon Valley jobs.) Now the former UX designer and researcher – who launched her first startup, RunAlong, in 2009 – is working to dismantle that hall of mirrors with her latest venture, a recruitment tool called Included Works. And she’s doing it with one of tech world’s most beloved principles: crowdsourcing. “It allows anyone to recommend the right person for a job, with full transparency,” she explains.