It’s officially been a year since we launched our community, and what a year it’s been.
👋🏾 Salaam, we are Somalis in Tech and welcome to our monthly newsletter. Each month we’ll bring you the latest from the community, tech news and a community Q&A.
🎯 Year in Review
It’s been a year now since we officially launched our community. In that time it’s grown more than we ever expected. Here are a few highlights:
Registered in the UK as a Community Interest Corporation with an accompanying bank account. This will allow us to apply for funding to further scale the community and broaden our impact in 2022.
We held 15+ events on topics ranging from ‘Overcoming imposter syndrome’ to ‘Lessons from Somali Women in Tech’.
We’ve grown the community to more than 1,250 members 🎉
We’ve also kicked off our mentoring programme which we hope to further grow in the coming year Insha Allah.
We want to shout out our community volunteers and members of the community who’ve been generous with their time and talent over 2021. This includes the Somali Women in Tech team, website + design team, event panellists, volunteers and mentors. Thank you all. 🙌🏾
🏆 Celebrating 2021
As the year draws to an end we wanted to ask our community what they were proud of accomplishing this year.
We received a bunch of responses and mashallah, our community did not disappoint. They shared with us some major achievements and milestones, both professional and personal:
🧵 Top Slack Thread
The podcasts we’re listening to
Question: Anyone have podcasts they enjoy listening to? Could be tech related or otherwise.
- Khalid Ahmed
Dadirow: Cynical Developer. Doesn't record any new podcasts but 5 years of content is still available.
Oubah Awaleh: 99% invisible | no stupid questions
Omar Ali: The Jordan Harbinger podcast, Tech-ish and The Digital Sisterhood
f(a)rah: Like @Oubah Awaleh mentioned 99% invisible, ForColoredNerds, EarHustle, 1619, History of the 90s, Revisionist History & Shipworm
Ali A: The diary of a CEO is a really good one. Really insightful interviews that help you tap into the minds of the guests. I recommend you first start with the episodes where the CEOs of Monzo or Deliveroo are interviewed.
Zakaria Mounes: Darknet diaries is a good cybersecurity podcast. The guy narrates different cyber crimes/stories. A lot to binge listen to.
Mohamed: Land of the giants is another good shout! They do deep dives on big tech companies: I listened to ep with Klarna CEO earlier today and it was really good so would deffo recommend
Ali: Land of the giants is epic, also check out TWIT and the Founder's Journal.
Mukhtar Raage: I enjoy The All-in Podcast (talks tech trends from VC perspective from 4 VC friends), IndieHackers & Not Investment Advice
Ahmed Mire: Techish & My First Million (This one is amazing, it has a different format, 2 friends talking about business ideas)
Mohamed Farah: ‘How I Built This’ With Guy Raz. He's interviewed the world's top entrepreneur and idealists like the founders of Clubhouse, Dropbox, Khan Academy, and content creators like Casey Neistat, Gary Vaynerchuck, and Dude Perfect
🤓 Top finds
Watch: SiT 2021 year in review shared by SiT
Read: I blew $720 on 100 notebooks from Alibaba and started a paper business website shared by Ali Ibrahim
Learn: Text fields & Forms design, UI components series shared by Aidarous Sheikh
💼 Featured job opportunities
Our Future Health: Product Manager (London, UK)
Financial Times: Product Designer (London, UK)
Soona: Software Engineer (Minneapolis, US)
You can connect with the community members who shared the above roles as well as browse other shared jobs on Slack in the #05_jobs-and-opportunities channel.