Black Tech Week has wrapped in Miami, with nearly 1,600 attendees from across the country and beyond, having passed through the 2nd annual event devoted to technology, entrepreneurship, creativity and more.
From sessions on funding start-ups, to youth functions and a women’s innovation brunch that closed the summit, participants expressed enthusiasm about the thought-provoking dialogue experienced at this cultural conference. That dovetails with the vision of event co-founders Felecia Hatcher and Derick Pearson who aim to move the needle forward in terms of growing Black entrepreneurship in the tech sphere.
The conference, sponsored by Knight Foundation, Dell and others, was held primarily on the campus of Florida International University, and was complemented by another tech confab last week hosted by Power Moves, a national initiative to increase the number of venture backed minority businesses in America.
Black Tech Week attendees also participated in a chat with the team from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Panelists included the head of that endeavor, David Johns, who called for an increase of STEM education in communities of color.
And White House staffer Marvin Carr, Ph.D., a technology policy advisor who is also part of President Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ efforts, took part in a session that focused on opportunities for ex-offenders in the tech arena.