Given these advantages, it's surprising that the nation's tech leadership has actually been centered thousands of miles westward on the other side of the continent in Silicon Valley for the last fifty years. Indeed it's all the more surprising that New York City did not assume early international leadership in revolutionary applications of information technology in finance, fashion, and entertainment -- its three most important industries.
But, the good news -- for an ex-New Yorker born and bred in the South Bronx like me -- is that the Knickerbocker giant has finally awakened. The better news -- for a Black ex-New Yorker like me -- is that New York's various Black communities have a conscious awareness of the tremendous advantages to be gained by their becoming active participants in the development of vigorous tech sectors in Gotham. And the best news is that the leadership clearly recognizes the advantages to be derived from leveraging New York's historic Black eminence in entertainment, most recently in Hip Hop, to future Black eminence in tech.
Below find links to Storyfies of some #DiversityInTech events in New York City by the DLL and others during the last 18 months:
Events in 2015 ...
- Education Hackathon -- DLL Storify of C/I Hackathon at Fordham Foundry -- Saturday 5/30/15
- Civic Meetup ... DLL Storify of Bronx Tech Meetup -- Monday 5/18/15
- Civic Hackathon -- DLL Storify of #HackHarlem -- Saturday 3/21/15
- Civic town hall meeting -- DLL Storify of Silicon Harlem's 2nd Anniversary Celebration -- Wednesday 2/25/15
- Entrepreneur/tech conference -- DLL Storify of Silicon Harlem's 2014 Technology Conference ... Plus Post-Conference Acknowledgements (Thursday 10/16/14)
- Entrepreneur/tech Twitter chat -- DLL Storify of Harlem Business Innovation Summit -- Tuesday 9/23/14
- Education hackathon -- Black Girls Code (Brooklyn NY, Oakland CA)
... June 2014 ... Storifys for Day #1 and Day #2
Major Centers for Blacks in Technology ... February 2016