IntersectTO is a Toronto-based community group for people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC), who are interested in technology. Our vision is to create an online and in-person space where BIPOCs can learn tech skills, find collaborators, and hold critical discussions on how technology affects communities of colour.
A large component of IntersectTO has been shaped by folks in the BIPOC community who are interested in tech! Since January, we've had three community sessions to discuss what we'd like Toronto's BIPOC tech community to look like, brainstorm ideas for events we would like to see happen, and talk about potential events and projects related to digital rights and digital justice.
We ask questions, share opportunities, promote upcoming events, and offer each other advice on our community Facebook Group and Slack Team. Please request to join these online spaces only if you identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or as a Person of Colour; these are meant to be dedicated online spaces for BIPOC interested in technology. Our community guidelines also pertain to our online spaces.
If you would like an invitation to the Slack team, please send an email to intersectto(at)gmail.com.
In addition to our co-design meet-ups, we also organize events! In July, we brought over 45 people together for our first BIPOC hackathon, working together to brainstorm solutions to community issues. Members of our group also host a monthly book club that gets together to discuss books (and lately, films!) that cover topics related to race, politics, and technology.
When possible, we also try to go to relevant conferences together, and find ways to remove financial barriers to attending. We know that going to tech conferences alone as BIPOC can sometimes be an isolating an experience! So far, we've had members of our group attend RightsCon and VentureOut together.
IntersectTO is located on the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River.