Tomorrow, I’ll be rubbing elbows and sharing continental meals at the NW Digital Innovation Conference to listen in on the array of sessions covering digital intelligence, storytelling to solve problems, and practical applications of VR in the future of human behavior.
I’ll sit through the sessions so you don’t have to. But if you want to keep me company or want to join me for online Q&A, follow my day on Twitter or Persicope.
Now, on to the exciting part.
The Black Women Behind Some of Technology’s Most Influential Companies
Despite their gross underrepresentation, several black women are paving pathways for innovation and increased diversity at their respective companies.
SHERRELL DORSEY | THE ROOT
Ideayet, “Think Hard. Rethink Harder.”
Ideayet is a tech company and social media platform that involves equity crowdfunding components, which allow users to earn money and equity for posting and sharing ideas.
BLACK ENGINEER & BLACK ENTREPRENEUR
CodeStart Program Strives to Level Diversity Divide
Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA), TechSquare Labs (TSL), and The Iron Yard, collaborate collectively to teach Atlanta’s underserved youth coding and entrepreneurship. The 13-month CodeStart program fully funds the 15 selected students who receive resources like their own laptop, access to personal coaches, and housing located walking distance from TechSquare Labs – a first of its kind approach to any innovative workforce development training program in the country.
KRISTYN BACK | HYPEPOTAMUS
These young African entrepreneurs are building successful companies in food manufacturing, engineering, technology, hospitality, and other industries.
MFONOBONG MSEHE | FORBES
Howard University Opens $70 Million Laboratory Building, with Hopes for More to Come
The Interdisciplinary Research Building, a $70 million project, will bring together scholars in medicine, engineering, dentistry, pharmacy, and chemistry to spur collaborative thinking.
NICK ANDERSON | THE WASHINGTON POST
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