A* Program

About the A* Program

At /dev/color, we're on a mission to create environments where Black software engineers can learn from one another and hold one another accountable for reaching ambitious career goals.

We believe that role models, learning opportunities, and the right network are all key ingredients for success in software engineering. There are thousands of talented Black engineers that currently lack access to these resources.

Our A* Program aims to close these gaps by challenging engineers to learn from their peers and rise to the ambitious goals that they set, growing their impact in the workplace and in their communities. Applications for our 2020 A* Program are currently closed. Applications for San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Seattle chapters will open again in August 2019.


“Being around a lot of software engineers made sense. /dev/color provides me with a support system of black software engineers.”



Who the Program Is For

Confirmed upon acceptance into the program, and yearly thereafter.

Currently practicing full-time software engineer or engineering manager.

Living within a one-hour drive of one of our active regions

(New York City, Seattle, Atlanta and the San Francisco Bay Area).

What to Expect

A one-year commitment to attend a monthly, two-hour Squad meeting.

Squads are groups for 6–10 A* members at similar stages in their careers. Squads set out a schedule at the start of the year and members are only permitted to miss one (1) meeting every 6 months. These meetings are the bedrock of A* membership and attendance is strictly required and enforced.

Attend January kickoff dinner and squad retreat.

The program starts with 1 Friday evening kickoff event and 1 full-day weekend retreat with one’s squad. Both events are in January. Attendance at both is required.

Setting and sharing goals with fellow members.

When you set ambitious goals, you create the possibility to achieve great things. When you share those goals with your peers, you give them the chance to help and support you. In the A* Program, we expect all members to do both.

Desire to help your fellow Black software engineers.

The power of the support network of /dev/color comes from peers. You will be expected to actively help your peers in formal and informal settings.

Desire to set and reach ambitious goals. A* members are doers.

We will provide a framework for you to seek help and support from peers, but you must ultimately be driven to set your own goals and seek the help to accomplish them.

Apply to the Program


Applications for our 2019 A* Program are currently closed, but Applications for all chapters will open again in August 2019.

We invite you to sign up and we'll be in touch when the 2020 A* Program application portal opens.

Refer a Friend


If you have a colleague or friend who would be interested in joining us in 2020, please fill in their information.

We will contact them about the 2020 A* Program and they’re opportunity to connect, learn, and grow.