Join Us at Dreamforce for the Diversity in Coding Panel with Telegraph Academy, Black Girls Code, and The Hidden Genius Project!

The Opportunity Equality — Diversity in Coding Panel Thursday, October 6, 01:00 PM — Thursday, October 6, 01:40 PM

Both “Learn to code” and “diversity in tech” are two topics at the heartbeat of innovation opportunities in the tech world. Both intersect at creating solutions empowering future diverse leaders in all STEM fields.

Bringing the best of both worlds together at Dreamforce, Salesforce will host The Opportunity Equality — Diversity in Coding Panel featuring key thought leaders and doers creating change in the tech industry.

The The Opportunity Equality — [...]

Attending #SXSL Representing Change Catalyst & Tech Inclusion At The White House

President Obama Will host South By South Lawn (#SXSL): A White House Festival of Idea, Art, and Action Monday October 3, 2016

I’ve been attending and speaking at SXSW in Austin,TX for seven out of the past eight years. The 2016 SXSW was special. Both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended and spoke on panels and a fireside chat. I had the opportunity to see the President Obama fireside chat in person during the SXSW this year.

When the White House announced the South By South Lawn (SXSL) festival on Twitter, I immediately shared it and was dreaming I would [...]

Announcing Tech Inclusion Conference 2016 Programming Agenda

The 2015 Tech Inclusion Conference featured over 137 speakers, over 1000 attendees, several workshops and a career fair with 27 companies. It was a two day, two track conference. We learned a lot since planning last year’s conference, such as more talks about accessibility which lead to the Ability In Tech Summit and taking into consideration one of the biggest requests from attendees last year; a larger space. We’re excited to host the 2016 conference at the Innovation Hangar. Our goal is to double attendance from the 2015 conference.

The Future Of Black Tech Leaders – 2/15 NY Panel with AOL BUILD

It’s a sad truth that African-Americans are extremely underrepresented in the tech industry. Many of today’s top tech companies have a workforce that is less than 5% African-American, and only 2% of venture capitalists are black. African-Americans influence the world's culture; they lead conversations on Twitter and Facebook, and they are part of a diverse population that tech companies should be focusing on to stay relevant in the innovation economy.

My life's mission is to educate and inspire entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world—especially [...]

Call For Speakers Now Open For The Ability In Tech Summit and Technology Showcase

The Ability in Tech Summit will break down the barriers between people with different physical and mental abilities through workshops, panel discussions and simply having a safe space to learn meaningfully and connect. The summit is partnership between Computer Technologies Program (CTP) and Change Catalyst/Tech Inclusion.

As technology continues to affect every sector of business and innovation, there’s a growing concern for the lack inclusion across the tech ecosystem: from the pipeline to the boardroom to Capitol Hill. While we work to correct through the increasing focus on [...]

Will 2016 Be The Year Of More Inclusive Tech Conferences?

Today the 2016 Oscar Nominates was announced and from a diversity stand point it was actually worse than last year. Not a single Black/African-American actress, actor or director was nominated. The nominations seemed more of a slap in the face or we don't care by the nomination committee or just plain ignorance bias especially when 2015 had numerous diverse actors and actresses to choose from. This outrage created another series of press articles and just like last year #oscarssowhite has been trending on Twitter with many calling it #oscarssowhite 2.0.

Like the Oscars the "can't find or [...]

2015 In Review: Hundreds of Entrepreneurs, A New Tech Conference, Diversity Progress, Awards & Good People

The first Monday of 2016 is almost over. As I think about 2015, many would say it was a great year for me personally and professionally. Personally I would say yes, I'm healthy, Melinda and I are happy, my family is well back in NC and my son will be five years old this year. Professionally I would say last year was a building and growth year. At BUILDUP we achieved one of our main goals that we set out to accomplish when we first started in 2014 and held our first fellows program with 6 startups. BUILDUP also held two fireside chats, hosted a month long entrepreneurship workshop series and a [...]