By Victor Ochieng
Blendoor is the name of a new App that’s set to curb the rising level of employment discrimination. The App works by uploading qualifications and details of job seekers without their names or pictures so that the judgment is entirely based on merit and how fit they are for the job opening.
Stephanie Lampkin’s love for technology budded at the age of thirteen when she first learned how to code. By the time she turned 15, she was full- stacked web developer having adept knowledge in various computer programming languages. Due to her increased knowledge in the field, she found herself competing in various computer science competitions across the United States.
Lampkin’s tech-know-how got her the opportunity of a lifetime when she earned full scholarships to some of the most prestigious Universities in the U.S. She then selected Stanford from where she earned her degree in engineering and later attained her MBA from MIT.
Despite this colorful technology background, Stephanie Lampkin is no stranger to the struggle of getting employed in the tech sector. She still recalls one time when she was looking for a job at a famous tech firm only to end up being told that she didn’t qualify for that software engineering role because her background wasn’t “technical enough.”
It is for such reasons that Lampkin decided that she wanted to do something about the discrimination in the employment industry through her new app ‘Blendoor.’
“Blendoor wants to make companies accountable using data,” she said.
She describes the App as one that would help eliminate discrimination in the hiring process by repressing both the conscience bias and even the unconscious bias.
“My company resonates more with white men when I position it as, ‘hey, I want to help you find the best talent. Your unconscious mind isn’t racist, sexist-it’s totally natural, and we’re trying to help you circumvent it,’” she told Forbes.
Blendoor has already started registering success and the app’s future is really looking up. Nineteen companies have already signed up to use the App. These tech firms are also going to be in charge of collecting data that will be used to compare how the qualification of those seeking jobs match up with the available positions.
Lampkin, through her innovation, says she aims to challenge the idea that diversity is as a result of a pipeline problem or that solving it means the bars have to be lowered.