My name is Dennis Schultz and I am the Executive Director of the The Blacks In Technology Foundation. We are the largest global community of technology professionals of African descent representing over 65 chapters in 16 countries. The BIT Foundation is “Stomping the Divide” by establishing a blueprint of world-class technical excellence and innovation by providing resources, guidance, and issuing a challenge to our members to surpass the high mark and establish new standards of global innovation.
Blacks In Technology was founded by Greg Greenlee, a seasoned IT professional, who wanted to address the problem of underrepresentation of Black people in the technology industry after attending a free technology conference and noticing a lack of Black people in attendance and no black speakers. Following this, Greg founded BIT. Fast forward to present day and Greg has dedicated over a decade to impacting the Black community and changing the world by building an organization focused on increasing the representation and participation of Black people in tech.
Blacks In Technology partnered with Hired to help level the playing field for members seeking employment. Blacks In Technology jobseekers can use the Hired platform to find their next role while leveraging the Hired blog and events. Hired is a diversity focused marketplace with partnerships, bias reduction in-product features, and more to create equity in hiring. These are some of the many reasons this partnership makes sense. Ultimately, we appreciate Hired’s innovative approach to talent acquisition.
The Blacks In Technology Foundation currently has over 20 programs that are either free or discounted for our members. These programs include technical training scholarships and grants, mentorship programs, apprenticeship programs, technical bootcamps, accelerator programs, and much more.
The annual conference for The Blacks In Technology community is BITCON. BITCON 2022 was held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL, October 26-28, 2022. We had over 90 speakers on a wide range of technical topics from companies like Microsoft, Oracle, ADP, Amazon, Google, and others. Next year we’ll be in Nashville for 2023. Hope to see you there.
Check out our Events page to keep up with other upcoming BIT events.
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