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Black Tech Nation Pittsburgh 2018-01-15T02:36:41+00:00

WHO WE ARE.

Black Tech Nation is a social good organization out of Pittsburgh, PA which focuses on bridging the gap between black American “techies” and America’s mainstream tech community.

We don’t just believe in diversity and inclusion – we ARE diversity and inclusion. Our three pronged strategy is to gather, connect, and affect. And we invite all who believe in tech equity to join us.

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GATHER.

Black Unicorns

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We pride ourselves on being a fun and informative safe space for black professionals in the tech industry or as we like to call ourselves, “black unicorns”. This group includes black tech employees, engineers, industry leaders, developers, startup founders, VCs, etc. Are you a black unicorn looking to learn, educate, connect, share information, and hang out? Join today!

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CONNECT.

BTN and Tech Companies

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We partner with tech companies and diversity groups alike to create socially conscious work cultures that make everyone, specifically black techies, feel comfortable in typically white, male dominated work spaces. It’s a complicated issue that we’re ready to tackle. Are you interested in making your company a company for all? If so, email us to set up a meeting and discuss your ideas.

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AFFECT.

Local Policy

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We believe that local government must lead by example when it comes to inclusion. That is why we work with city officials from the Mayor’s office and City Council to draft legislation that specifically advocates for more diverse hiring and community engagement by local tech companies. Gentrification is not the answer. Inclusion and outreach are. To learn more, subscribe to our newsletter.

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THE CREW.

Kelauni Cook is a software developer from Chicago, IL and the founder of BTN. She is currently co-directing and instructing Academy Pittsburgh Beta Builders – Pittsburgh’s first high school coding camp specifically for minorities and girls. To learn more about her story and how BTN was started, click here. Kelauni is available for interviews and speaking engagements.

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“If it’s not for all, it’s not for us.” – Mayor Bill Peduto 

The latest from Black Tech Pittsburgh

Black Tech Pittsburgh is the inaugural chapter of Black Tech Nation and we couldn’t be more excited! With Pittsburgh’s rapidly growing tech industry and world-class institutions, companies, and non-profits, we believe that Pittsburgh presents the perfect ecosystem to foster true diversity in tech.

Though #BlackTechPGH is still in its infancy, we’re growing fast! Our plan for the remainder of 2017 is to welcome 100+ “black unicorns” around Pittsburgh into our organization, have a launch event for the greater Pittsburgh tech community, and partner with a few local organizations and institutions who are doing the work to make tech more inclusive. What we’re really excited to share is  (read more)

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IN THE NEWS.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Two years ago, Kelauni Cook was a substitute teacher in Chicago who had never been to Pittsburgh and had never written a line of code in her life.

Now, Ms. Cook, 29, of Arlington, is the driving force behind Black Tech Nation, an organization gathering and connecting black tech professionals in the area, advocating for diversity.

After relocating to Pittsburgh in the summer of 2016 to join a coding bootcamp at Academy Pittsburgh in Allentown, she took on a contract job as a software developer for the Washington Post. (read more)

Kelauni Cook speaking to large group

NEXTpittsburgh

Software engineer Kelauni Cook moved to Pittsburgh last year with the intention of enhancing her coding skills and finding a job. But her life changed last April when she hosted Where is Black Tech in Pittsburgh?, an Inclusive Innovation Week event that gathered local Black entrepreneurs, City Council members (read more)

press article headline about Kelauni Cook

Village Free Press

Earlier this year, I spoke with Maywood native and Proviso East grad Kelauni Cook, who last year transformed herself, within a span of a few months, into a leading advocate for diversity in the nation’s tech industry.

Cook, a magna cum laude graduate of Howard University (read more)

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