Black Orlando Tech (BOT) is a non-profit organization committed to accelerating minority economic advancement through workforce, small business, and socioeconomic development by increasing the awareness, activities, network, and resources for local minorities who pursue careers or entrepreneurship in technology.
To train and inspire 10,000 minorities in Central Florida to enter tech by 2025.
BOT creates initiatives that are focused on three major ecosystems: workforce development, small business development, and socioeconomic development. We work to close the gaps in these areas through our grassroots and direct-to-community initiatives, including:
- Partnerships – Cultivating partnerships with businesses, academic, professional and government organizations.
- Programs – Facilitating safe, solution-orientated dialogue and programming among underrepresented groups in tech.
- Pipelines – Developing pipelines for minorities to leverage career and entrepreneurial resources throughout Central Florida.
BOT was founded in 2016 by a group of passionate tech leaders who saw the need for an inclusive and safe space for minorities in tech. Their dedication to fostering collaboration, creativity, and contribution in tech lives in BOT today.
Minority groups, and particularly black communities, face unique challenges related to their position in the tech field, including:
- Underrepresentation of minorities in tech-related fields within academia, career, and entrepreneurialism
- Lack of a community infrastructure focused on improving the socio-economical status of minorities within the Central FL area
- Limited amount of STEM and tech-related pipeline programs to encourage youth to pursue tech careers
OUR CALL TO ACTION
Ready to help us launch 10,000 bright minority minds into tech? Join us on this mission! BOT is always looking for more members, speakers, volunteers, sponsors, and community allies. Connect with us at [email protected]