Attendees at the Girls Rock Tech! Summit at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ
On the east coast, Google partnered with Black Girls Rock! to bring the Made with Code movement to Newark, NJ for the Girls Rock Tech! Summit. The event took place Saturday morning, a day after the Black Girls Rock! awards show taping with 120 teenagers participating in a coding workshop and series of panel discussions focused on technology and hosted by Google. Google’s Made with Code also awarded a young Black Girls Rock! student a coding scholarship for $10,000 at the event with $20,000 more in scholarships to follow.
The program included surprise celebrity guest actress Tatyana Ali. Google’s Valeisha Butterfield Jones served as the MC. The goal of the program was to inspire young Black girls to follow their dreams and consider coding as a career path.
Tatyana Ali with guests at the Girls Rock Tech! Summit
A young tech enthusiast makes remarks as Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond looks on
Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price and Jackie Aina at the Youtube Black event
On the west coast, Youtube hosted the first-ever Black Creators Event with one hundred Black Youtube creators from across the country. The program provided a platform for creators to connect with each other and to learn from seasoned vets, including; beauty maven Lisa Price, Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson, powerhouse TV/film director Mara Brock Akil, comedian Wanda Sykes and others. The program advanced the goal to galvanize black leaders, including those in the technology space.
Activist DeRay McKesson shares insights at the Youtube Black event
In Washington D.C., Google hosted a dinner for formerly incarcerated Americans and their families. The energy in the room was magnetic and attendees walked away even more inspired to use technology to tell the stories of their families still behind bars. In addition, the formerly incarcerated individuals in attendance were non-violent offenders and yet, shared stories of experiencing prison sentences of 10 to 25 years, ripping them away from their children and families who needed them most. Many leaders and celebrities including MC Hammer were in attendance.