Growing a Sustainable
National Black Tech Ecosystem
Sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation 2020 Open Knowledge Grant and housed at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Stillman College, #BlackTechFutures Research Institute builds a national network of city-based researchers and practitioners conducting research on sustainable local black tech ecosystems. The outcomes of this work are actionable policy recommendations and a national public data archive.
We use research to inform liberating policy recommendations and advocacy at the municipal, state, and national level.
We increase the number of Black researchers focused on innovation, technology, and public policy by growing local talent in cities.
An Ecosystem Approach
We eradicate intersecting racial tech disparities within cities through alignment of community leaders and collective impact.
Building A National Black Tech Ecosystem
Officially launched the #BlackTechFutures Research Institute to build a thriving, sustainable technology ecosystem for Black people in the four cities.
Welcomed #BlackTechFutures Research Institute inaugural fellows in four cities – Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Houston, TX; and Memphis, TN.
Launched annual #BlackTechPolicy Week targeting Black STEM professionals, tech startups, and government officials.
Lecture Series Kick-Off
Launched annual guest lecturers series supporting the development of a thriving Black tech ecosystem to champion community-centered research and address issues of racial tech disparity.
Data + Policy Development
We begin this work in four cities in the Southeastern region of the US working with black tech ecosystem builders, HBCU scholars, and community leaders. Our municipalities include Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Houston, TX; and Memphis, TN.
What's Next for Black Innovation
January 9, 2021 at 1 PM CT
This panel will explore both the past, present, and future of black innovation through the lens of Afrofuturism, Africanfuturism, artificial intelligence, black faith, and black dreams of liberation.
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Make Your Voice Heard
Our events offer an unparalleled lineup of STEM professionals, tech startups, faith leaders, and government officials sharing actionable insights, data-driven knowledge, and innovative ideas to build a Black techecosystem. Join the conversation.
Meet Our Upcoming
Dr. Charlton Mcllwain
Author of Black Software
Deshuna Moore Spencer
Founder of KweliTv
Dr. Timnit Gebru
Co-Founder of Black in Ai
CLLTIVLY, Advisory Board Member
Dr. Menna Demessie
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dr. Nicol Turner Lee
Director, Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings Institute; Senior Fellow, Governance Studies
The National Urban League
Tech Dream Corps