May is the month of the heritage of the people of Asian Americans and the Pacific Islands (AAPI), learn more about the achievements of 3 people from the AAPI community who have demonstrated a long and successful career in technology.

Welcome in Asia Minor and Pacific Heritage Month (AAPI).. Every May, we recognize the achievements and celebrate the contribution of the AAPI community in the United States.

Why celebrate AAPI Legacy in May? The month was chosen in connection with the arrival of the first known Japanese immigrant in the United States in May 1843 and in honor of the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May 1869, which was completed with the help of up to 20,000 workers from China.

To mark AAPI Heritage Month, the CompTIA Community of Advanced Technical Talent and Diversity plans to use AAPI Heritage Month as a platform to highlight the outstanding technological innovations that come from the AAPI community. Our goal is to shed light on several individuals who have demonstrated long and successful careers in technology, and to encourage others to continue their careers in the technology industry. With that in mind, here are three personalities who have inspired me in my career:

Ajay Bhat, Universal Serial Bus (USB) technology.

If you’ve plugged in a mouse, phone charger, or portable storage device in the last decade, you’re probably familiar with Universal Serial Bus (USB) technology. But did you know that USB technology was created in the 1990s by Indian Americans Ajay BhatIntel’s chief system technologist.

Today it’s USB used in more than 10 billion devices worldwide and allows multiple devices, including keyboards, mice, printers, and more, to connect more easily to computers without requiring different, different connectors. USB serves as a “translator” for various devices that need to be connected to a computer, providing a universal solution that is much more user-friendly than previous formats.

Intel, which holds all the patents for the technology as the first supporter of Bhatt’s idea of ​​USB, decided from the beginning to make it open and free for everyone.

Reshma Saudjani, Girls who encode

Reshma Saudjani is an American lawyer, activist and politician. She is also the first Indian American to run for the US Congress in 2009.

While campaigning for Congress, Reshma became aware of the growing gender inequality in computer classes when attending local schools. The gender gap in computers is widening – in 1995, 37% of computer scientists were women, today it is 24%. IN the biggest drop in girls in computers is between the ages of 13 and 17.

As a result, Reshma founded Girls who code, a non-profit organization that has a mission to bridge the gender gap in technology. The company’s goal is to fill this gap in new entry-level technology jobs by 2030 through its program offerings, including summer diving programs, clubs, college circles, online resources, campaigns and advocacy in the United States and beyond. the world.

Eric Yuan, Zoom video conferencing platform

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, many companies and organizations turned to video conferencing tools such as Zoom to hold workshops, attend virtual lessons, and keep in touch with friends and family. Due to quarantines and other restrictions, much of the world quickly became virtual and began working remotely.

Zoom was a company that benefited greatly and joined the lexicon of some of the most famous technology companies. Zoom was founded in 2011 by Eric Yuan, who was born in China and moved to Silicon Valley in 1997. Yuan is inspired by long distance relationships with his girlfriend during their college years in China in the 1980s. They were separated by a 10-hour train ride, and he thought “how fantastic it would be if he had a device to click a button and see / talk to her”, which made him want to create a smartphone-friendly platform for video conferencing. When Cisco rejected his idea, he left Cisco to launch Zoom. In 2021, Zoom reported more than 500,000 customers with more than 10 employees and more than $ 4 billion in sales, up 55% from the previous year.

Do you admire other AAPI people for their contribution and leadership in the technology industry? Join me in the CompTIA Advanced Technical Talent and Diversity Community and we can continue the conversation!

Fiona Ho is Senior Director of Human Resources at Sophos and a member of CompTIA’s Executive Board Advancement of technological talent and community for diversity.

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