The nonprofit organization Code Fever has created a launch pad to help bring the technology gap within communities of color in South Florida.
With African-Americans making up just 2 percent of tech workforce, the second annual Black Tech Week delivers solutions for stronger partnerships for startups, training and information for students of color, as well as a strong platform to expand the technology blueprint in the Black community.
The weeklong series of events will be held Feb. 15-20 at Florida International University, 3000 NE 151 St., North Miami. Black Tech Week includes interactive workshops for idea exchange, startup boot camps, a women’s innovation brunch, pitch competitions and mentoring sessions.
Black Tech Week is the premier pipeline in South Florida for people of color, to have access to key global players of color in the tech industry.
The visionaries behind the conference are Derick Pearson and Felecia Hatcher who are also the founders of the Miami-based Code Fever. They are committed to training African-American and Caribbean youth and young adults in the areas of technology and entrepreneurship.
Speakers for the conference will include Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline.com; Kathryn Finney, founder of Digital Undivided; Justin Washington, QA Engineer at SnapChat; Frederick Hutson, founder/CEO of Pigeonly; Chris Powell, CEO of BlackbookHR; Eunice Cofie, founder, CEO and chief chemist of Nuekie; and George E. Curry, founder of George Curry Media.
For more information, visit blacktechweek.com.