"Techie" has become a narrow, and quite often, a narrow-minded term.

That's why Helena Price, a startup worker turned photographer, put out the call for stories from "underrepresented" techies — a group she identified as "women, people of color, folks over 50, LGBT, working parents, disabled, etc." But Price was worried.

"I was scared that no one was going to share it and hoped that I would MAYBE get 100 applicants," Price wrote in an email to SFist. "I ended up getting over 500 in two weeks. I knew that the farther the call for subjects got out of my immediate network, the better the integrity of the project would be, so I'm really glad it turned out the way it did."

It turned out to become a site, Techies, built by Alonzo Felix and Martha Schumann and produced, researched, and edited by Price. If it looks a bit like a yearbook, then it displays quite the graduating class.

First, there's Nancy Douyon, a UX Researcher. Click on her, and you'll find her story, in her words, from Haiti to Boston to foster care to computers and Google. There's even her advice to young people who might look to her success, all captured in a lengthy interview conducted by Price. Next, perhaps click on Georginia Arriola, a CEO, and you'll learn that she's a proud trans Angelino with 25 years experience in the Industry. Soon, you'll be lost in stories and portraits.

"I felt really strongly about the project and wanted these people's stories to be shared as far as they can go," Price says. Perhaps you've seen them already, as they have indeed made the digital media rounds with astounding celerity. "It was just impossible to predict how much it's been shared already. I've been trying to read all of the tweets and it's so so cool to see that so many people feel validated from just the fact that the project exists."

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So, where from here? "[Techies] really feels like an organism that is growing on its own at this point," Price wagers. "I'm going to keep adding people through the end of the year (but not at the same rate, I will die of sleep deprivation and malnutrition) at least. I want to bring everyone together to meet each other. I want people to connect and get recruited. I want people to talk about it and have hard, uncomfortable conversations. I hope it takes on a life of its own."

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Laura Weidman Powers, photo by Helena Price