Data is how we validate both the promise and potential of black practitioners within the larger tech ecosystem. Our inaugural report provides data and a framework to assess the current state of Black tech ecosystems (BTEs) 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.

"Black Tech Ecosystems: A proposed framework for defining, assessing and developing Black tech communities," is the first in a series of original research projects we are pursuing to assess and develop Black tech ecosystems. By identifying the elements that make BTEs thrive and measuring how tech ecosystems around the world compare, we will champion tech empowerment and expand opportunity.