was founded in 2021 after Dean Jones resigned from his position as Director of Strategic Projects at Cranfield University a British postgraduate public research university specializing in science, engineering, design, technology, and management to support his aging parent abroad during COVID-19.
The current state of diversity among directors of UK tech companies
Dean recognized that the current state of diversity among directors of UK tech companies is unbalanced with data-based findings and anecdotal reports of unrepresentative directorship. Furthermore, that marginalized groups – namely women and minorities – are still severely underrepresented in tech. Dean also understood the importance of visible role models at all levels is crucial and that to create an inclusive technology workforce, companies don't need to just attract great talent, they need to make sure great people can grow to become great leaders.
Bridging digital divides between schools and communities
Since the epidemic, the substantial implications that people and communities would experience if we fail to close the gap have become much more apparent. Prior to the pandemic, reducing the digital divide may have mostly been considered a chance to further enhance the economy. Today, innovation is steadily increasing as evident in new online products, services, and cloud computing platforms. New industries, including those empowered by artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, are quickly transitioning citizens from an analog to a digital economy that offers vast opportunities to dream, build and transform the world. However, many people have fallen behind when it comes to learning, creating, and working in this new gig economy. While some studies contend that the absence of widespread, high-speed broadband networks is the cause of global inequities, the availability of computing services to expand digital proficiencies can also be blamed. Part of the problem is that computers can be prohibitively expensive, sometimes for an entire school or small business. Cloud computing although a relatively new concept holds significant promises for the future development and delivery of computer resources to secondary or basic education, especially in schools most affected by the digital divide. Cloud can help address three of the most important challenges: 1) limited availability of IT skills, 2) capital constraints, and 3) security risks.
With the above in mind, Dean decided to launch an IaaS cloud platform offering new affordable generation virtual machines for developers, IT teams, system admins, startups, and schools with a bold set of diversity representation and inclusion goals and a comprehensive approach to achieving them.
"We are currently working to ensure the availability of cloud computing services for deprived schools by offering our services at cost and currently attempting to raise funds so we can also provide services to schools without a budget."