Black Tech Mecca’s (BTM) mission is to inspire the development of thriving Black Tech Ecosystems to ensure Black people are full participants in the global technology sector. Currently, the footprint of Black practitioners in the tech sector is not as great as it has the potential to be, and is also poorly defined. Black Tech Mecca uses data to paint a clearer picture of Black participation in local tech ecosystems. We then identify impediments to their full engagement and mobility, and work with local stakeholders to craft strategies for removing barriers and creating opportunities. Our goal is to democratize the tech sector, ecosystem by ecosystem.
DATA to life
We partner with local government, academic, and private institutions to create proprietary data pipelines that quantify tech engagement within the Black community. BTM is pioneering this emerging avenue of tech sector research and analysis.
Unleashing Chicago’s Black Tech Ecosystem: Assessing, defining and growing Chicago’s BTE
This report examines Chicago’s Black tech ecosystem through the lens of the BTE Framework. It evaluates the engagement of local Black communities with the tech sector along three main pillars: academic, corporate, and entrepreneurship. The study includes recommendations for strengthening local data pipelines, removing barriers, and increasing opportunities for Black participation in the local tech sector, thus increasing the region’s overall potential for economic growth.