When Kimberly Bryant was in college in the '80s, she felt culturally isolated in her electrical engineering classes.
"I was one of maybe two or three students of color," said Bryant, who is African-American. "And I found that representation was still the same when I graduated and began my career."
Not much has changed. Black women make up less than 3 percent of the workforce at the biggest U.S. tech companies.
So, when Bryant's daughter Kai, now 16, expressed interest in following in her mother's footsteps, Bryant decided to literally change the face of the industry.
"I wanted to create more people that look like me and look like my daughter to really fill in the gaps that I saw for myself," Bryant said. "When we generally think of a computer scientist now, it does not look like a woman of color, it does not look of someone that is of Hispanic background. It's very much white male dominant. And that's important for us to show that black girls can code and they can do many other things in terms of a leadership standpoint in this field."