Feb 12 2016
The Future of Black Leaders in Tech
My life's mission is to educate and inspire entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world—especially African-American entrepreneurs. We live in a time where we have access to more information than ever before. Where entrepreneurs in Northern California are developing autonomous car technology, yet in other parts of the country communities don't have access to clean drinking water.
Black History Month is an important time to reflect on how African-Americans have been innovators in America. We often share stories such as Mae C. Jemison, the first African-American women to travel in space, or George Washington Carver, who was born into slavery and became a scientist, inventor, and teacher. Notable black pioneers such as Ken Coleman, Roy L. Clay, Sr., Shellye Archambeau, Omar Wasow, and Platform founder Hank Williams are not well-known names.
To put it bluntly, we need more successful African-American roles models in tech.
As part of AOL’s commitment to increasing diversity in tech, AOL BUILD will host a special panel of African-American entrepreneurs on Monday, February 15th, 2016. Joining me for a conversation on black leaders in technology will be:
- Aisha Bowe, CEO and Co-founder of STEMboard @arbowe
- Kevin Hagens, Founder of Topik @kevinhagensjr
- John Henry, Managing Director, Cofound Harlem @johnhenrystyle
- Sian A. Morrison, author and CEO of Kollective Mobile @xianamoy
- Rod Robinson, Founder & CEO of ConnXus, Inc. @rodrobinson
- Moderator, Wayne Sutton, Co-founder of Tech Inclusion @WayneSutton