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Exploring Blacks In The Tech Industry, One Tweet At A Time

Filed by KOSU News in Business.
December 2, 2013

There is no question that Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley, Silicon Beach and all the other places we associate with tech entrepreneurism face diversity problems.

African-American innovators in technology represent just five percent of America’s scientists and engineers, according to a 2010 study by the National Science Foundation.

We’ve covered the dearth of women and people of color with a series of our own posts and those from outside contributors. But among the entrepreneurs-of-color, there are several who are making an impact in their communities.

Our friends at the NPR program Tell Me More are starting on a three-week Twitter journey today, in which black game changers will each tweet a day in their lives to give you a better look at how they’re making a difference, the random obstacles they may encounter and what they observe as exceptions in an industry dominated by white men. The details, from Tell Me More:

“Between December 2-20, tech thinkers will live-tweet a day in their lives; they’ll also provide feedback to the questions that Tell Me More has collected with #NPRBlacksinTech…

“Then, on December 17, Tell Me More will bring together some of these participants with other African-American technology heavyweights for a Google+ Hangout on Air to broaden the conversation and to reflect on some of its key moments.”

The participants will include Mike Street, the head of Blacks in Tech NY, Walter Kimbrough, the president of Dillard University in New Orleans, digital consultant Mike Green, Christine Johnson, who founded DiversiTech in Washington, D.C., Nnena Ukuku, co-founder of Black Founders and many more. We hope you’ll follow along and shoot us questions.

Tweet your questions to @TellMeMoreNPR or use the hashtag #NPRBlacksinTech, and the participants will answer them over the course of three weeks. [Copyright 2013 NPR]

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