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Technology can improve lives, move things forward and solve important problems

As technology experts with deep industry experience, we believe in giving back to the technology sector that we feel so passionately about.

This experience means we are in a position to make a meaningful contribution to the future of the tech industry.

So we create spaces for conversation, learning and discovery – through hosted meetups, industry event sponsorship, knowledge-sharing sessions, and tech talks. We learn from one another, from industry leaders and from our mentors – and share what we know with others. We believe knowledge is a precious resource that can only be multiplied by sharing it.

To address the shortage of skilled female coders, we also offer a learnership in partnership with Umuzi that focuses on supporting un- and under-employed young women to become junior full-stack engineers.

Current social economic initiatives

At BBD, we’re passionate about what we do and believe in leveraging our unique positioning within the industry to contribute to cultivating a thriving and inclusive technology sector through donations and initiatives that promote social development.

With the knowledge that technology can empower individuals and create meaningful change within the broader community, we strive to play our part in closing the digital divide by equipping people at all levels of society with the technology and skills needed to thrive in a digital world.

 

Celebrating diversity in all its forms

As a global organisation, we take pride in celebrating our diversity and are proud to be creating a space where all 950+ of our internationally distributed team members can grow and thrive. To do our part to create an inclusive environment that extends beyond our ranks and into the technology sector at large, we are committed to fair and equal hiring practices, grassroot initiatives geared at widening the skills pool, and other community programmes that seek to find and nurture talented individuals who may not otherwise have had the opportunity.

Additionally, we’re proud to have women at every level meaningfully contributing to our success. Not only do we aim to be a place where women feel safe and represented, but we’re passionate about showing aspiring young women that there is space for them in leadership and technical roles within the industry, and that a viable and positive career trajectory in software engineering is possible! Have a look at our #IWD2022 microsite to learn more.

Afrika Tikkun

Afrika Tikkun is a non-profit organisation created with the goal of developing and uplifting young people in under-privileged communities in South Africa. BBD is proud to contribute toward Afrika Tikkun’s skills development programme on end user computing and coding for out of school youth.

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Baitiredi High School

Baitiredi is a technical and commercial secondary school based in Kuruman in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. As one of the biggest schools in the district, it educates over 1 000 learners in subjects such as Mechanical Technology, Civil Technology and Technical Science. BBD is proud to have donated a computer lab to expand the school’s educational offering.

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GirlCode

GirlCode is a registered NPO that aims to empower girls through technology and address the shortage of skills and lack of women in tech. As an established partner, BBD assists GirlCode in fundraising and workshop initiatives to help bridge the gender gap to open the industry to future growth and to create a thriving, inclusive tech sector.

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BBD and GirlCode
BBD and GirlCode

Girls & Boys Town

Girls & Boys Town is a non-profit organisation which seeks to strengthen vulnerable youth through a series of programmes, assisting between 16 000 and 20 000 beneficiaries each year. BBD performs the daily operating and running of Girls & Boys Town’s IT Learner Support Centres.

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Iris-Footprints South Africa

Forming part of the Iris-Global movement, Iris-Footprints is a foundation that provides an environment for children of different ages and cultures where they get to experience love, care and security of family life. They are actively involved in various projects and initiatives to support the disadvantaged communities in Africa. In support of this, BBD ran a donation drive to provide toys, games, pharmacy and food vouchers, cleaning products, blankets and reading books for the children of Iris-Footprints.

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Community Engagement Initiative
Community Engagement Initiative

Kerus Global

Kerus is a trust focused on providing training to teachers, youth leaders and other community heads to create positive change for individuals and communities in third world countries. BBD has donated a computer lab for school kids in the area to complete homework, tablets for care workers to use during home visits, and projectors and sound equipment for the organisation to host workshops and training seminars.

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Kidz Hub

Based in Soweto, one of South Africa’s biggest townships, Kidz Hub is dedicated to empowering children between the ages of 7-15 from all social backgrounds with necessary personal skills whilst identifying their unique strengths and capabilities. For this initiative, BBD has donated tablets to expose the children to technology and give them access to learning software to further advance their academic development.

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BBD Kidz Hub
BBD Kidz Hub

ORT SA CAPE Education

ORT SA CAPE works with children and teachers in disadvantaged communities in South Africa. BBD donates to ORT SA’s education programme, which is aimed at equipping educators with the skills and knowledge to introduce robotics within their school environments.

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Surfers not Street Children

Originally founded as a Durban street surf team, today Surfers not Street Children aims to empower children to leave the streets by offering a programme that fuses surfing, mentorship and psychosocial care. In support of this, BBD has equipped the initiative with new computers and training, and spruced up the space with fresh paint and new desks.

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Tech community
Tech community

Transkei school outreach

Following the successful rollout of computer labs for schools in rural and far-flung areas, BBD had identified two remote schools in the Transkei with absolutely none of the basic requirements to keep their 300 learners engaged and learning as they should be. In aid of this, BBD has proudly sponsored both schools with various pens and pencils, notebooks, colouring books, overhead projectors and other school learning materials to help them better serve and educate their learners.

BBD Transkei school outreach
BBD Transkei school outreach

Zanemvula Junior Secondary School

Situated on a green grassy hill overlooking the wild coast, just 25km from the small village of Willowvale in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, Zanemvula School educates just over 190 students. In the hopes of igniting a passion for tech and better opportunities for kids within this small community, BBD has donated a computer lab and stationery for Zanemvula’s learners.

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Community engagement
Community engagement

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