Innovation For All - Diversity in Tech and Business
Innovation For All - Diversity in Tech and Business
Innovation For All, Sheana Ahlqvist
Innovation for All explores how diversity and inclusion are impacted by innovation and technology. Long form interviews with experts in tech, design, AI, and business. Is Facebook really a monopoly? How can remote work get more diversity in tech? What’s in the terms of service we usually ignore? How can we build inclusive, human-centered AI? Host Sheana Ahlqvist created Innovation For All to help technologists and entrepreneurs make more inclusive products and businesses and think more critically about the societal impact of their work. Support this podcast:
Be My Eyes: Mobile micro-volunteering for the blind with Hans Wiberg
Host Sheana Ahlqvist speaks with Hans Jørgen Wiberg, founder of Be My Eyes, a free mobile app that connects blind and visually impaired individuals with sighted volunteers through live video calls. Wiberg explains how Be My Eyes works, how he monetized an app while keeping it free for both sides of the marketplace, and how important it is to consider how blind people interact with the world around them when designing products and services. You’ll learn: What is microvolunteering? What is Be My Eyes and how does it work? How can we design products so that they are more accessible to the blind? How can one monetize and keep sustainable a product or service, especially one that is designed for a low-income population, without charging users? What are some challenges facing Be My Eyes and similar apps in their efforts to support specific populations worldwide? Did you enjoy this episode? Let us know on Twitter @inforallpodcast.
Aug 26
42 min
Google and Facebook are monopolies. Does it matter? feat. Sally Hubbard
Sally Hubbard is Director of Enforcement Strategy at Open Markets Institute. Learn whether giant tech companies are building monopolies (spoiler alert: they are) and why that unfair advantage matters. In this episode, you’ll learn: What is Antitrust law? Is fake news an antitrust problem? How monopolies amplify inequality What would it look like to unmonopolize big tech companies? Get shownotes for this and every episode at or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast.
Aug 12
1 hr 3 min
Placing the Displaced: Running a Refugee Staffing Company with Chris Chancey
Chris Chancey is the founder of Amplio Recruiting, a company that helps companies hire people from the refugee and immigrant communities. How does Chris help refute and calm the fears potential employers? How does he ensure that vulnerable people aren’t being taken advantage of? And what has made his business so successful? Find out with Sheana in this episode of Innovation for All Podcast. Note: This episode was recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aug 6
1 hr 4 min
Disability Advocacy for Self-Driving Cars with Henry Claypool
While self-driving cars are touted as a solution for many with physical disabilities, that is not a given. Henry Claypool is a policy expert affiliated with UCSF and AAPD, and a former director of the U.S. Health and Human Services Office on Disability. In this episode, we discuss how advocates are fighting for inclusivity in the transportation industry, particularly with the development of autonomous vehicles and popular ride-sharing services.
Jul 15
54 min
Gig Work is Different Undocumented Immigrants and Women, with Julia Ticona
Older workers, women, and minorities face unique challenges in the world of "gig work." Julia Ticona is a sociologist who researches technologies of work, emotions, and inequality.
Jul 1
1 hr 7 min
Revenge Porn Is Really A Tech Problem with Darieth Chisolm
Two years after her revenge porn nightmare began, Darieth Chisolm won the case against her ex-boyfriend. Should tech companies make it harder to weaponize their platforms against women?
Jun 16
50 min
The Ghost Workers Behind the Tech Industry, feat. Mary Gray
Mary Gray, Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and co-author of Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass, discusses the work of the often invisible contract employees who bring an essential human element to tec. The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing their undeniable value to light.
Jun 3
58 min
How McDonald's empowered black America (but it's complicated) with Dr. Marcia Chatelain
Season 3 premiere! Dr. Marcia Chatelain, author of Franchise: The Golden Arches In Black America discusses the complex history of McDonald’s in black America with Sheana. She explains how the civil rights movement impacted black business ownership and how franchises, like McDonald’s, can be both an economic win and financially limiting for low-income communities.
May 13
58 min
Invisible women: data bias in a world designed for men with Caroline Criado Perez
Caroline Criado Perez is a writer, journalist and feminist campaigner. She has written two books: Do It Like A Woman and Invisible Women. In her most recent book Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men she describes how very old data bias can affect women today. In this episode, Sheana learns about the different ways data bias is affecting women today, from trivial things such as phone size to not so trivial things such as seat belt safety. Caroline tells all this and more in this episode of Innovation For All Podcast. In this episode you will learn: What is male default thinking? What are the consequences in tech? Why the market is so bad at providing for women? What is low hanging fruit for those of us who want to make money by providing solutions for women? A stove example of male default thinking. What can entrepreneurs and consumers do about these issues? Get shownotes for this and every episode at Did you enjoy this episode? Tag us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Apr 15
1 hr 2 min
It's illegal for Uber workers to strike. Marshall Steinbaum explains why. (Really though, WHY?)
"Set the market and work when and how you like. You have complete control." At least that is what gig economy companies like Uber would have you believe. In this episode of the Innovation For All podcast, Sheana speaks with Marshall Steinbaum, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Utah, to talk about the pitfalls of the gig economy. Find out how employers can have control over the workforce without being a monopoly and how gig workers may be getting the short end of the stick. You’ll learn: Why did Uber driver’s strike? What makes the gig economy examples more complex? What is the difference between the gig economy labor and employment relationships? What should an independent contractor relationship look like? What are the markers of employer and employee relationships as opposed to independent contractor relationship? How does antitrust factor in to these issues? Proposed solutions to the gig economy and labor laws How these companies exercise control over their underrepresented workers Do you know someone who is concerned about the rise of the gig economy? Text them a link to this episode. You are the reason our movement is growing. Get shownotes for this an every episode at or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Apr 1
1 hr 3 min
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