Black Tech Mecca uses data to identify challenges impacting how black tech practitioners engage with their local tech ecosystems, crafting solutions to fill its gaps and spearhead change. We are champions of tech empowerment - redirecting resources, reshaping perspectives, and redefining obstacles. Our goal is to democratize technology, ecosystem by ecosystem, breaking down barriers one community at a time.
DATA IS OUR CURRENCY.
It is how we tell our story and validate both the promise and potential of black practitioners within the larger tech ecosystem. This report provides data and a framework to assess the current state of Black tech ecosystems (BTE) in regions across the United States. It was produced as part of a collaborative research project between Black Tech Mecca leaders and staff, the State of the Black Tech Ecosystem (SBTE) advisory board, and the research team at the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
This is the first of a series of original research to assess and develop Black tech ecosystems, by identifying the elements that make them thrive while measuring how cities around the world are stacking up. Our next report will use this framework to assess Chicago’s Black tech ecosystem and discuss its growth opportunities. We hope you'll enjoy it!