Canada’s technological industry is ever-growing, and it is important to highlight the works of Black professionals that are otherwise underrepresented. Malcolm’s Choice sat down with technologist Ulysses Koudou on his Black experience navigating the tech industry.
Tell us about yourself and your background.
I am born in France, and I graduated with a MSc in Math from the University of Liverpool in the UK. About 4 years ago I made the decision to migrate to Canada due to greater opportunities.
Why did you decide to get into the tech industry?
With me studying Math and Engineering, entering the Tech industry was nothing less than the logical progression. In an Engineering Institute or Math school, you are taught to fit tomorrow’s industry. I didn’t have to look for a career path once I had chosen my educational path.
There is no doubt that being Black, you are bound to face barriers in the professional realm. What are some challenges you faced?
The main challenges I have ever encountered were mental. The Tech industry has been very welcoming to me. The most intimidating comments I have received have really come from the false perceptions I had of myself. Being the only Black student in predominantly White and Asian spaces can be intimidating at times. But once you do what you’re good at, they look at you differently, and the challenges begin to fade away.
Any advice you would give to aspiring Black technologists?
I always have advice for my people. Number 1: study your history and you will find many people like you and me who have shaped today’s world. That is very inspiring. Number 2: if you have a vision, protect it! You are the guardian of your vision, even if people don’t seem to see it or understand it. Just go for it!
We are also super excited to be collaborating with you on the digital loyalty card program. Can you elaborate on this program? Why should clients join?
I would invite anybody to join the reward program to be rewarded for supporting and actively building the Black economy. You literally get rewarded for building community wealth. In 2021, this is a game-changer for Black people!
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