NOLAvate Black Brings Black Tech HBCU Tour to Shreveport

The Black Tech HBCU Tour will highlight career pathways in technology, gaming, film, and entertainment

February 14, 2024

Media Contact: Kaseem Short 504.376.3153 (cell)

NOLAvate Black Brings Black Tech HBCU Tour to Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, LA (February 14, 2024) – NOLAvate Black is bringing its Black Tech HBCU Tour presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. to Shreveport Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Southern University - Shreveport 3050 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Shreveport, LA 71107 from 10am - 4pm. Key speakers will include Clint Odom, VP External Affairs, T-Mobile; Tia White, Vice President Community Manager, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Shocker Creal, Chief Technology Officer, City of Shreveport; Randall Boseman, Engineer, Microsoft; and Stephanie Britton, CyberSecurity, Microsoft, along with many others. Get tickets at The event is free and open to all ages.

The Black Tech HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Tour will highlight career pathways in technology, gaming, film, and entertainment to include talks and panel discussions from industry leaders, a Talent Expo featuring employers hiring for tech jobs, a Game Summit and Tournament with Xbox games, and an Explore Tech Lab with workshops for those interested in technology. Event will also include a STEAM makerspace for kids and youth. Leading sponsors and partners include JPMorgan Chase & Co., T-Mobile, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, and Louisiana Entertainment, along with many other tech companies, media and educational partners on the lineup.

About NOLAvate Black
NOLAvate Black launched Black Tech NOLA in 2018 to address racial barriers preventing underrepresented talent from gaining access to high-demand and high-wage jobs in the growing technology sector. The annual convening has reached thousands of technologists and diversity and inclusion advocates around the world making it the largest Black Tech conference in the region. NOLAvate Black is now activating on HBCU campuses to engage exploring, early career and entry level job seekers looking to get hired in the technology industry.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that they will be expanding its TechSpark Program in the Greater New Orleans Region naming NOLAvate Black Founder & CEO Sabrina Short a Fellow in the state of Louisiana. TechSpark programming aims to tackle digital inclusion in four focus areas: digital access, digital skills, computer science education, and digital transformation with local based organizations. Since its inception in 2017, TechSpark has helped its eight communities secure more than $125 million in community funding, skilling 55,000 people, and create 3,300 jobs. Read more about Microsoft TechSpark here.

NOLAvate Black is committed to shifting power toward racial equity and inclusion by building a sustainable and accessible technology ecosystem in New Orleans.

NOLAvate Black is led by Founder and CEO Sabrina N. Short, a community organizer and tech advocate. Sabrina’s unwavering passion for community and social justice has driven her to build the largest Black tech community in the Gulf South. Learn more at #blacktechhbcu #blacktechnola #techartculture Social @nolavateblack @exploretechnola.

For more information about NOLAvate Black contact Sabrina Short at Media Kit here.


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