Our #DigitalWakanda is

 

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Who WE ARE

We’re the answer to that common phrase you hear from Black techies all too often – “I’m always the only one”. With us, that phrase is never a thought. We’re a digital nation of black coders, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, educators, and nerds. We’re the industry’s Black tech unicorns. But above all, we are a family. Subscribe to learn more about the work we’re doing and the difference we’re making for hundreds of Black tech unicorns across the country

 

A MORE FORMAL
INTRODUCTION
To //BTN


Black Tech Nation (//BTN) is a multi-faceted tech organization building a #DigitalWakanda through education, digital media, recruitment, and funding for Black technologists and entrepreneurs. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, //BTN serves as a dedicated space for Black technologists across America and beyond. Together, we are 650+ “Black Tech Unicorns” – tech professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, and enthusiasts – and over 600 allies, partners, and tech equity supporters. Our main work consists of uplifting Black technologists, educating and supporting our members, creating employment and funding opportunities, providing access to the “right people” in the industry, producing digital events and workshops, and advocating for tech equity across our industry. Through our motto “Gather. Connect. Affect”, we aim to work with company partners and //BTN members to create and grow a thriving ‘Black Tech Nation’ that focuses on the advancement of the Black community throughout our global innovation economy.

GATHER + CONNECT= AFFECT

GATHER

Every day, we are on the ground gathering Black tech engineers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and innovators from all over the country and world to grow the largest, most active, digital Black tech ecosystem of our time.

CONNECT

We work with our partners to connect them to our Black Unicorn family while also offering them the opportunity to help us patch up the “leaky pipeline” within the tech industry. In return, we have the opportunity to connect our members to organizations that truly care about diversity.

AFFECT

We make it a point to show up as an example of Black excellence for our youth, our community, and the tech industry as a whole. In the next year, we're launching our //BTN Digital Education Network and our //BTN Young Unicorns Program to widely “shift the narrative” around Black tech.

Meet The //BTN Influencers
2020 - 2021

Aminata Sow

Product Marketer & Synergist

Hayes Redmond

Full Stack Software Developer

Kelauni Jasmyn

//BTN Founder & Entrepreneur

Ron Idoko

Founder/CEO of CampusGruv

Deonna Johnson

Cybersecurity Analyst

Jim G

Founder/CEO of MeterFeeder

Max Dennison

Digital Inclusion Coordinator/Software Developer

Jamaal Davis

Human-centered Product Manager

Kameron Branson

Youth Tech Director & Advocate

Tara Matthews

Application Specialist

Young Influencer #1

High School Student (coming Fall 2021)

Young Influencer #2

College Student (coming Fall 2021)

To get to know all about the 1st class of //BTN Influencers, follow Black Tech Nation on all social media platforms. If you know a young person who might want to become a //BTN Young Influencer for the Fall 2021 semester, check back for applications opening in July 2021!

What We Do


HOW IT ALL STARTED

In 2017, //BTN Founder Kelauni Jasmyn  saw a problem in the Pittsburgh tech ecosystem. As a recent coding bootcamp graduate and newly employed software developer, she noticed that there were hardly any techies or entrepreneurs who looked like her in the local tech scene. On April 1st, 2017 Kelauni held an event called “Where Is Black Tech in Pittsburgh?” to get some answers. Over 85 attendees including representatives from Pittsburgh’s top tech companies, government officials, co-working spaces, community organizations, and Black entrepreneurs gathered together for an open and honest conversation about this issue. Soon after, Black Tech Nation was born. She was awarded over $500K+ from the Hillman, Heinz, and BNY Mellon Foundations to build a Black tech ecosystem in Pittsburgh. What stemmed from a moment of frustration turned into a national organization of ‘Black tech unicorns’ and a spotlight on Black tech in Pittsburgh.

“Black Tech Nation has far exceeded my expectations in such a short period of time, but I’m excited to see how far it will take myself and my community as we continue to build Black people into the future of tech.” – Kelauni Jasmyn

 

Join The //BTN Team

Ideal Candidate: Lights! Camera! Action! Black Tech Nation is in the early stages of launching the //BTN Media Network on YouTube in partnership with Google. Not only that, but we’re also beginning to ramp up our digital efforts across all digital platforms to further engage our members and digital followers. We are looking for a creative leader who is passionate about digital media to help us tell Black tech stories and produce Black tech content across our //BTN platform. (2-3 digital media/strategy experience; Video/YouTube production knowledge required.)



General Info

  • Type: Part-time Contract (to start)
  • Length: Ongoing
  • Hours: Varies
  • Days: Monday – Saturday
  • Starting Pay: $2500/mo
  • Location: Agnostic (Pittsburgh preferred)
  • Start Date: July 2021
  • Direct Report: CEO

Ideal Candidate: In this role, you’re the ‘go-to’, the best friend, and point of contact for the //BTN network – our //BTN Black Tech Unicorns. Your outgoing personality will create a comfortable environment and enjoyable experience for our members. Your goal is to know our member like the back of your hand to make sure that they feel seen, supported, and properly welcomed into our #DigitalWakanda. (2-3 years experience in managing people)

General Info

  • Type: Part-time Contract (to start)
  • Length: Ongoing
  • Hours: Varies
  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Starting Pay: $2,500/mo
  • Location: Agnostic (Pittsburgh preferred)
  • Start Date: July 2021
  • Direct Report: CEO

Ideal Candidate: In this role, you serve as the liaison between //BTN and our company partners & sponsors. You ensure that our partnerships & sponsorships are being effectively carried out, and that all company parties are in-the-loop on //BTN progress and activities. We would count on you to make sure that our partners continue to build a ‘Black Tech Nation’ with us for many years to come. (2-3 of business administration or sales experience; personable, professional, and extremely organized)

 

General Info

  • Type: Part-time Contract
  • Length: Ongoing
  • Hours: 10-20/week
  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Starting Pay: $22-$25/hr
  • Location: Agnostic (Pittsburgh preferred)
  • Start Date: July 2021
  • Direct Report: Partnerships Manager

Ideal Candidate: In this role, you are the official guru and guardian of the //BTN brand. Your thirst for creative freedom and your desire to tell great stories is what drives you to paint the picture of this #DigitalWakanda for all to see. Whether it’s through social media, digital content, or by carrier pigeon, the //BTN team will count on you to make sure every Black Tech Unicorn in existence knows that we’ve built a place just for them. (2-3 years social media marketing experience; creative thinker with graphic design abilities.)

 

General Info

  • Type: Part-time Contract (to start)
  • Length: Ongoing
  • Hours: Varies
  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Starting Pay: $2000/mo
  • Location: Agnostic
  • Start Date: July 2021
  • Direct Report: CEO

Ideal Candidate: Are you a beast at social media? Do you love being creative and coming up with posts that engage others? If so, then join us. You will work with our amazing //BTN Marketing & Design Coordinator as the official social media ambassador of the //BTN brand. Stretch your creative muscles, design fun posts, and help us digitize our #DigitalWakanda brand across all of our digital platforms. (1-2 social media and/or design experience; creative thinker with graphic design abilities.)

 

General Info

  • Type: Part-time Contract
  • Length: Ongoing
  • Hours: 10-20/week
  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Starting Pay: $17/hr
  • Location: Agnostic
  • Start Date: July 2021
  • Direct Report: Marketing Coordinator

Ideal Candidate: It’s time to put that Marketing major to use! Join the //BTN team in a fully immersive, supportive environment where you can stretch your creative muscles as a budding marketing professional. Work with our //BTN Marketing team to develop marketing campaigns, posts, and digital ads while also learning how to effectively market to audiences within the tech industry – a skill that is sure to take you far because tech is the future. (Marketing or similar major required; creative thinker with graphic design abilities preferred.)

General Info

  • Type: Internship
  • Length: June – August 2021
  • Hours: 10/week
  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Starting Pay: $1000 stipend
  • Location: Agnostic
  • Start Date: July 2021
  • Direct Report: Marketing Coordinator

Ideal Candidate: We are seeking a consultant with non-profit board experience to assist //BTN in its efforts to form an official board in January 2022. You will work directly with //BTN’s CEO to develop a system for effectively building and managing Black Tech Nation’s board activities. This includes, but is not limited to best practices, documentation, selection process, onboarding process, etc. Are you ready to help us grow our board? (5+ years of nonprofit board management experience).

 

General Info

  • Type: Contract
  • Length: 2-3 sessions/week
  • Hours: 7-10+ 
  • Days: TBD
  • Starting Pay: TBD
  • Location: Agnostic
  • Start Date: August 2021
  • Direct Report: CEO

Ideal Candidate: We are seeking a sales consultant with proven high-net sales experience to assist //BTN with further developing our sales funnel and revenue streams across the //BTN ecosystem. You will work directly with //BTN’s CEO to develop best practices for our sales and partnerships team. This includes, but is not limited to sales training, further development of our various revenue generating models,  short-term and long-term financial projections, etc. If you know how to make ‘money moves’ like Cardi B., we want your expertise. (5+ years sales and/or nonprofit fundraising experience)

 

General Info

  • Type: Contract
  • Length: 2-3 sessions/week
  • Hours: 10+ 
  • Days: TBD
  • Starting Pay: TBD
  • Location: Agnostic
  • Start Date: July 2021
  • Direct Report: CEO

Ideal Candidate: We are seeking a consultant who has significant experience building out digital platforms, digital media, and/or amassing a large viewership/following (either for themselves or a previous client). You will work directly with //BTN’s CEO and Marketing Team to develop a digital strategy for The //BTN Media Network – an online platform of digital shows, series, videos, and podcasts. This includes, but is not limited to developing short-term and long-term content strategies, documentation planning, workflow planning, team growth planning, equipment planning, etc. (5+ years digital media & production experience; production examples required)

General Info

  • Type: Contract
  • Length: 2-3 sessions/week
  • Hours: 20+ 
  • Days: TBD
  • Starting Pay: TBD
  • Location: Agnostic
  • Start Date: July 2021
  • Direct Report: CEO

Ideal Candidate: Video is king, right? From raw footage to digital gold, //BTN’s CEO, Kelauni Jasmyn, needs you to be her digital video connoisseur.  She’s seeking a personal video editor to assist her in creating engaging content as a new influencer in the Black tech space. Her goal is to use her position as the Founder of the Black Tech Nation to educate the Black community about all things entrepreneurship, technology, innovation, and more. And she needs your visual creativity to make it happen- ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ (2-3 years of short-form video editing experience; examples required)

General Info

  • Type: Contract
  • Length: Ongoing
  • Hours: 5-10/week
  • Days: weekdays/weekends
  • Starting Pay: TBD
  • Location: Agnostic
  • Start Date: July 2021
  • Direct Report: CEO

Ideal Candidate: Black Tech Nation Ventures is seeking an ambitious professional to serve as the ultimate quarterback for its administrative operations. While the 3 partners at //BTN Ventures are busy raising a $50m fund for entrepreneurs, they need someone like you to serve as their right hand Benjamin Bentley. This includes organizing emails, scheduling meetings, syncing schedules, booking travel, managing social media, etc. If your favorite phrase is “it’s handled”, then this role is for you. (3+ years executive administration experience; extreme professionalism and organizational skills required)

 

General Info

  • Type: Part-time Contract (to start)
  • Length: Ongoing
  • Hours: 10-20/week
  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Starting Pay: TBD
  • Location: Agnostic (Pittsburgh preferred)
  • Start Date: July 2021
  • Direct Report: Fund Partners

Ideal Candidate: //BTN’s CEO, Kelauni Jasmyn, is seeking someone like you to serve as her “right-hand” – the ying to her yang, the ketchup to her mustard, the gin to her juice. You will assist her both personally and professionally across all of her business endeavors as she continues to build the Black Tech Nation ecosystem within the tech industry. If you are someone who has dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, this would be an amazing opportunity for growth, networking, and a beautiful new mentoring friendship (2-3 years of executive assistance experience; professional, but friendly personality)

General Info

  • Type: part-time contract
  • Length: ongoing
  • Hours: 10 – 20 per week
  • When: Monday – Saturday
  • Starting Pay: $1600/mo 
  • Location: Agnostic (Pittsburgh preferred)
  • Start Date: July 2021
  • Direct Report: Kelauni Jasmyn

Ideal Candidate: //BTN’s recruiting partner, Olivia Wayne™ – ‘A Black Tech Talent Agency’, is seeking an Executive Administrator to begin this summer as it ramps up its concierge recruiting services for its influx of tech company clients. Work alongside the agency’s lead recruiter(s) to organize and manage candidates, correspond with clients, and make sure all paperwork is disseminated, organized, and filed efficiently. This is great if you’re eager to take on a multi-faceted role within a fast-paced, start-up environment while also  learning many skills within the growing industries of talent acquisition and technology. (2-3 years of administrative experience; extreme professionalism and organizational skills required)

 

General Info

  • Type: Part-time Contract (to start)
  • Length: Ongoing
  • Hours: 10-20/week
  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Starting Pay: $18/hr
  • Location: Agnostic
  • Start Date: August
  • Direct Report: CEO

Partner Companies

//BTN Ventures

Seed and Series A Fund

//BTN Media

DIGITAL EDUCATION PLATFORM

//BTN TALENT AGENCY

OLIVIA WAYNE -RECRUITING & CONTRACTING PARTNER