Welcome to Tuesday.
Thanks to the HBCU@SXSW initiative, 100 students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities earned a unique opportunity to attend the festival in Austin. That’s double from the previous year. Students from a mix of institutions like Howard, Tuskegee, FAMU, and Fisk were in attendance.
Many of them study computer science, cyber security, and digital media. The students were exposed to various careers and connected with mentors, available to answer their questions all while enjoying the perks of SXSW.
The success of this program is a launch pad for future all-stars ready to take center stage in tech. Invest in the future.
P.S. Missed #BLKTechCLT? Listen to a bonus episode of The Phone Wallet Keys podcast during the event, featuring tech leaders and entrepreneurs in the Queen City.
During the discussion at North Carolina A&T, a student asked Zuckerberg how he plans to make his company, Facebook, more inclusive.
TARYN FINLEY | HUFFINGTON POST
When you look at who’s getting attention and who’s being marketed to, one can understand why a black Detroiter might have some misgivings.
AARON FOLEY | NEXT CITY
A former inmate’s determination to change life’s course and his bold request to be mentored has yielded uplifting results in the tech industry.
JENNIFER SPENCER | ENTREPRENEUR
Tristan Walker’s sharp attention to diversity and America’s census data has also resulted as a competitive advantage for the shaving startup.
BRENNAN WILLIAMS | THE HUFFINGTON POST
This year’s entrepreneurs cut across manufacturing, media, tech, agriculture and fashion. They are impatient to change Africa and together, they represent the entrepreneurial, innovative and intellectual best of their generation.
MFONOBONG NSEHE | FORBES
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