Silicon Valley had nothing on the Magic City last week as Black Tech Week offered several days of powerful workshops, information and motivation designed to get more blacks engaged in technology

The power couple behind Black Tech Week, Felecia Hatcher and Derek Pearson, was presented with proclamations from Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Miami -Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, City of North Miami, Broward County Vice Mayor, District 8 -Barbara Sharief and Commissioner Brian C. Johnson-City of West Park.

Miami-Dade County and the City of North Miami declared the week, Black Tech Week. Also in attendance were Commission Chair, City of Miami- Keon Hardemon and City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert.

Highlights from the event included:

  • A session by Andrew Goldner that explained how to attract venture capital and angel investors, “without busting the bank.”
  • Berame N. Sock facilitated a session for “English majors” that encourage them to stop “looking sad because you majored in English and your friend did computer science.” The session provided information to help “sad English majors” transcend from a wondering     entrepreneur to a successful tech entrepreneur without all the regret and anxiety.
  • A session that offered ways to incorporate easy and simple technology solutions to non tech businesses by guiding entrepreneurs to explore technologies initially outside of their comfort zones and respective disciplines for improved business practices and profits.
  • A triple teaming of successful entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley insiders, Birame Sock, Clarence Wooten and Marcus Carey, emptied their brains for participants to feast on their knowledge.

The success of this year’s event moves founder Felecia Hatcher closer to her dream of rivaling Global Entrepreneurship Week, which has people all over the world doing programming and events and initiatives under the umbrella of promoting entrepreneurship.

“I look at Black Tech Week as having the exact same potential, where during Black History Month, people all over the world are doing programming that not just highlights innovators of color, but around entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and creativity as it   relates to people of color.”

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