The #TechRecap

November | 2017

Happy Holidays Founders, Techies and everyone making an impact! Here is the November Holiday Edition of ImBlackInTech #TechRecap, your central checkpoint for the latest in Tech, Entrepreneurship, and Community Outreach in the Midwest and beyond! Thank you all for your continued support!

Click HERE to answer a 1 question microsurvey and give us your thoughts on what you loved and what you would’ve liked to see different about October’s #TechRecap, and what you’d like to see us add/include in our November edition.


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Anita Borg Institute wants to do more to boost Chicago’s women in tech

La’Shon Anthony is on a mission, traversing the Chicago area to get in front of tech-focused groups of women at universities, as well as companies that want to help boost the numbers of women in the field. Read more…

Airbnb Buys a Chicago Startup Adbasis

A Chicago startup that helps brands test and optimize ads has been acquired by Airbnb. Read more…

Code2040 raises $5.6 million as it fights tech diversity backlash

Code2040, a San Francisco nonprofit working to increase diversity in the technology industry, has raised $5.6 million to fuel a major expansion as it navigates a tense political climate. Read more…

7 Best Venture Capitalists for Black Entrepreneurs

These venture capitalists are not only some of the top investors in the investment community but many of them are committed to spending dollars with black-owned companies. Read more…

Here Are Chicago Inno’s 50 on Fire Winners

We launched Chicago Inno in 2014 because we felt like the city’s tech scene was growing fast, and there were more stories that needed to be told. Read more…

Kauffman Foundation launches microlending program for underserved founders

Amid a swarm of 160 events as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced a new microlending program to spur investment in underserved entrepreneurs. Read more… trains students become venture capitalists

There are very few black and Latinx investors, with only 2 percent of investment team members at VC firms identifying as black and just 1 percent identifying as Latinx, according to the National Venture Capital Association. Read more…

New tech partnership brings coding, drone programming classes to Memphis kids

Young students in Memphis can learn coding, robotics and drone programming in a new partnership that is offering free classes at Chandler Park in Soulsville. Read more…



Reality Tech: A Coding + Mobile + Augmented Reality Boot Camp

Saturday & Sunday
December 2nd & 3rd, 2017
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM



Black Girls CODE Chicago Chapter Presents: Women of Color in STEM Career

The Chicago Chapter of Black Girls Code invites you to join us for a spirited and lively evening of conversation and connection, featuring some of the Chicago area’s leading voices of Women of Color in STEM. This is a free event!


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. Giving Tuesday has created a directory to help you find organizations, charities, events and more in your own community.


Do you have information about breaking news, relevant upcoming events, youth and volunteer opportunities, or a nomination for a techie we should know about and feature in the #TechRecap? Looking for a developer, designer or co-founder?

Help us highlight the people, news, initiatives and upcoming events that make Chicago’s tech ecosystem tick, and get connected to the help that you need to grow your startup.

Jamila Parham, “The Tech Unicorn”

Jamila Parham traded her dolls for game controllers and she instantly fell in love with technology. She went on to study Computer Graphics and Technology at DePaul University. Affectionately known as The Tech Unicorn, Jamila is an IT Leader, speaker, and a champion for diversity and inclusion. She advocates on behalf of under-represented communities in order to address the lack of diversity in STEM. Jamila is excited to join the ImBlackInTech team as the voice behind the #TechRecap.

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