Tech conference to help Black and Latino innovators find success

The gathering hopes to reach people with limited access to resources.

Antionette Lee
September 13, 2018 - 8:43 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A tech conference designed to help minorities find economic success in the growing innovation industry is coming to Philadelphia next month. 

Aniyia Williams, executive director of Black & Brown Founders — the nonprofit that's helping to bring Project NorthStar to Philly — said the conference is a way to fight the city's poverty rate.

"[Of] the poverty rate in Philadelphia, 72.6 percent of those people are black and Latino, so we really want to give people the tools to empower them, both to be starting businesses and to get jobs in the technology industry," she said.

Both Williams and Mayor Jim Kenney said they hope the three-day conference — from Oct. 3 to 5 at 2300 Arena in South Philly — will narrow the poverty gap by teaching people who may have limited access to resources how to leverage technology to improve their economic futures.   

"In order for our children to have access to the jobs of the future," Kenney said, "we had to convene the opportunity for them to interact with thought-leaders and leadership within those communities." 

On the agenda: funding for startups, building a online presence for businesses, and making money on social media. 

"You can apply for a scholarship and we'd be happy to find a way to defray the cost for people who want to be there," Williams added.