As a Black woman born, raised and educated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I know firsthand the barriers that are too often presented due to a lack of representation in spaces of influence. The problem of representation becomes especially damaging in organizations that have the resources to shape the landscape of the city. I founded the Milky Way Tech Hub in 2017 as an effort to make Milwaukee a renowned tech hub that centers on Black people. I believe Milwaukee’s tech and innovation ecosystem can play a huge role in shaping the city’s future where every resident has access to resources and opportunities that the field of technology can afford them.
It’s no secret that success in the tech and innovation industry generally requires social and financial capital. It’s important to recognize the wealth and funding gaps in this country are reflected in who is in charge and who directs capital. This systematically puts Black and brown people at a disadvantage. So what’s the solution?