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ThePLUG 2018 Rewind: 105 Top Stories in Black Tech

ThePLUG 2018 Rewind: 105 Top Stories in Black Tech

Tyler Young December 28, 2018

In 2018, our team delivered 234 newsletters with over 1,500 stories highlighting Black and…

This Founder is Developing Wearable Tech for People Suffering from Neuromuscular Disorders

This Founder is Developing Wearable Tech for People Suffering from Neuromuscular Disorders

ThePLUG Staff December 20, 2018

Courtney Williamson, Ph.D. is founder and CEO of AbiliLife, a tech company that engineers products for…

This Former History Teacher Provides VR Field Trips for Children in Low-Income Communities

This Former History Teacher Provides VR Field Trips for Children in Low-Income Communities

Tyler Young November 26, 2018

A year ago, Kai Frazier gave up her home and the life she knew…

The World Needed a New Biodegradable Plastic—We Discovered One at Tuskegee University

The World Needed a New Biodegradable Plastic—We Discovered One at Tuskegee University

Tyler Young November 19, 2018

As summer of 2018 drew to a close, an ambitious sea voyage launched from…

Meet the First Black Woman Appointed as General Counsel of a Digital Currency Marketplace

Meet the First Black Woman Appointed as General Counsel of a Digital Currency Marketplace

Tyler Young November 5, 2018

HBUS, the exclusive U.S. strategic partner of blockchain asset solutions provider Huobi, recently named…

Google’s Code Next Program Brings Coding Education to Harlem

Google’s Code Next Program Brings Coding Education to Harlem

ThePLUG Staff October 25, 2018

Ninth grader Ayan Cooper’s entire family grew up in the Bronx, and as his…

‘Pose’ Star Angelica Ross is Amplifying the Voices of Transgender Tech Workers

‘Pose’ Star Angelica Ross is Amplifying the Voices of Transgender Tech Workers

Tyler Young October 15, 2018

Angelica Ross is determined. You can see her resolve in the groundbreaking FX series Pose, in…

Can Civic Technology Work in an Era of Incivility?

Can Civic Technology Work in an Era of Incivility?

ThePLUG Staff October 10, 2018

Even as civic tech startups launch and grow, founders of color and digital strategists…

Black Tech Conferences Offer a Lifeline in a Predominantly White Industry

Black Tech Conferences Offer a Lifeline in a Predominantly White Industry

Sherrell Dorsey September 28, 2018

We took a look at more than 15 annual Black tech conferences to understand…

This Tech Company Is Trying to Help Homeless People Get IDs

This Tech Company Is Trying to Help Homeless People Get IDs

ThePLUG Staff September 27, 2018

For most of us, losing a photo ID is little more than a wasted…

Bias In Maternal AI Could Hurt Expectant Black Mothers

Bias In Maternal AI Could Hurt Expectant Black Mothers

ThePLUG Staff September 21, 2018

Giving birth in the United State can pose a fatal risk. This stark reality…

Lessons from Village Capital’s Inaugural VC Pathways Report on Supporting Diverse Founders

Lessons from Village Capital’s Inaugural VC Pathways Report on Supporting Diverse Founders

Tyler Young September 12, 2018

Village Capital’s latest report, “Beyond the Friends and Family Round: How to Help Diverse…

The Rise of Black-Owned Co-Working Spaces

The Rise of Black-Owned Co-Working Spaces

Sherrell Dorsey August 3, 2018

On February 1, 1960, four students marched to 134 South Elm Street in Greensboro,…

These Formerly Incarcerated Entrepreneurs Are Trying to Keep People Out of Prison

These Formerly Incarcerated Entrepreneurs Are Trying to Keep People Out of Prison

ThePLUG Staff July 24, 2018

When Teresa Hodge received a seven-year sentence for mail fraud, she vowed to become…

This VR Founder Wants to Gamify Empathy to Reduce Racial Bias

Tyler Young July 24, 2018

The tech industry, and companies like Starbucks, have spent millions of dollars to address implicit…

Aniyia Williams Was Awarded Her First Patent and Now Wants More Founders of Color to Build Hardware

Aniyia Williams Was Awarded Her First Patent and Now Wants More Founders of Color to Build Hardware

Tyler Young April 20, 2018

“I got the crazy idea that maybe I can be the person to make…