What we know about the number of Black inventors in the US patent system hasn’t been formally documented since 1913. This month, the US House of Representatives Small Business Committee held a hearing in Washington, D.C. calling on researchers and business leaders to testify in support of legislative options that would increase access for diverse populations to participate in the patent process.
Just one year after announcing its $10 million commitment to investing in underrepresented founders, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has doubled down on its diversity initiatives by introducing a new programming track at its annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) conference for those looking to see women and founders of color gracing the show’s stages.
Today, Black mayors are tasked with two important roles: develop a vision for their cities which may include the adoption of “smart city” initiatives and large-scale tech-sector job growth; and attempt to help Black communities bounce back from decades-long discriminatory policies and disinvestment to ensure their participation in the global economy.
Even as civic tech startups launch and grow, founders of color and digital strategists find that today’s divided landscape present challenges to sustain a business based on the public’s willingness to engage in informed debates. With the midterm elections fast approaching, Americans are neck deep in political content. And if you feel you can’t click …