<title-serif>Investing in innovation<title-serif><title-sans> and impact<title-sans>
From our hubs in the U.S., U.K., and Portugal to the shores of West Africa, we’re working with partners to bring more people into the worlds of design and technology and improve our industry.
Our commitment to creating value extends past our projects: In line with our motto to “Go Further,” we’re striving for a more inclusive and equitable industry and are partnering with organizations around the world who share our culture of innovation and purpose.
Here, we shine a spotlight on the impact of our partner’s initiatives and the ripple effect they create.
Expanding access to technology in Sierra Leone
Former Beyonder, Colin Ogoo, is making waves in Sierra Leone as founder of the Christex Foundation, which educates residents on web3 technologies and empowers them to put it to use. Colin’s journey started as engineer at Beyond, where he immersed himself in blockchain technology starting in 2020, eventually catching the attention of the Solana Foundation, a group dedicated to the adoption of the Solana blockchain ecosystem.
With his ties to Sierra Leone, Colin decided to bring his knowledge to Africa, equipping students there with essential web3 resources and knowledge. In support, Beyond has donated machines like laptops and tablets. “Beyond’s contribution is more than just hardware,” says Colin. “It represents a gateway to opportunity, a bridge to the digital world, and a tangible commitment to Sierra Leone's future.”
“Beyond’s contribution is more than just hardware,” says Colin. “It represents a gateway to opportunity, a bridge to the digital world, and a tangible commitment to Sierra Leone's future.”
<quote-author>Colin Ogoo<quote-author><quote-author-title>Founder, Christex Foundation<quote-author-title>
Cass Surek, Beyond’s CTO, says, “Colin's approach resonates with our belief in staying at the forefront of technology. He is someone who shined at Beyond and was trusted with important work — our trust in him now to do great things in Sierra Leone is the same.”
Building design diversity in the U.S. and U.K.
Closer to Beyond’s hub in London, we played a pivotal role in founding Flipside, a program aimed at shaping the next generation of digital designers and promoting diversity within the industry. Flipside offers budding designers annual mentorship, workshops, and hands-on experience and is a part of our ongoing commitment to upskilling underserved communities in London.
Near our San Francisco hub, we collaborate with BRIDGEGOOD, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing tech literacy and professional opportunities for under-resourced individuals. We support their UX Apprenticeship program, mentoring and providing internship opportunities for program graduates.
We take an active role in supporting organizations that create opportunities like these both because we want to see a more diverse design and technology communities and because we hope to see participants evolve into future innovators of our industry.
Including more women in technology in Portugal
Beyond’s Lisbon hub, the tech heartbeat of our business, partners with Portuguese Women in Tech, an organization launched in 2016 that supports women in technology by providing visibility, networking, mentorship, and training opportunities. We actively sponsor mentorship programs and participate in initiatives that the group leads.
“Having Beyond’s support is a great opportunity to provide our community with different perspectives and know-how,” says Liliana Castro, a cofounder of Portuguese Women in Tech. “We know Beyond is a motivated supporter that shares our vision of empowering women in tech.” Cass affirms that our commitment is about Beyond’s values as much as anything, saying, “Encouraging more women to participate in technology is not just about equality — it's about enriching the tech landscape with diverse talents, and that aligns with our belief in the power of inclusivity."
“Having Beyond’s support is a great opportunity to provide our community with different perspectives, know-how, and a motivated supporter that shares our vision of empowering women in tech.”
<quote-author>Liliana Castro<quote-author><quote-author-title>Cofounder, Portuguese Women in Tech<quote-author-title>
For his part, Cass sees all of Beyond’s initiatives as catalysts for innovation and growth, explaining, “When we collaborate with organizations like Portuguese Women in Tech or the Christex Foundation or Bridgegood, we challenge ourselves to think differently, innovate, and remain at the forefront of our industry. It's a win-win situation where everyone benefits.”
If you’re interested in partnering with Beyond on an initiative, please contact us here.
If you’re interested in a career with Beyond, please check out our open roles here. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.