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From Consumer to Creator: How Black Communities Can Transform Technology Consumption Into Economic Power

Black millennials are closing the digital divide with their avid use of mobile technology. Their engagement on social media also tops the charts, especially in raising awareness of issues in the black community. A recent Neilson report has stated that “Black Millennials are leading the way in their use of technology to impact change and get their voices heard”.

This report comes as the Nation’s tech companies have been under scrutiny for several years on its inability to increase the diversity of its mostly white-and-Asian workforce to compete in an increasingly global marketplace and as African-American buying power is on the rise.

This 2017 Philly Tech Week WURD/WILCO panel will examine how underrepresented minority communities can best transition from being the highest consumers of technology, to also participating as creators of technology. How the tech community can increase diversity in their organizations by valuing the economic buying power of the Black community. And how the black community can utilize its’ over consumption of technology to build wealth and forward economic empowerment.

Parkway Central Library (Free Library of Philadelphia) Skyline Room
1901 Vine Street 19103
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  • Wilco
  • WURD
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