Recently, the San Francisco and Salt Lake City chapters of NOBLEtacks had the opportunity to attend Afrotech, a two-day conference and speaker series in Oakland designed to facilitate relationships between African-American professionals and the tech community in the Bay Area. With more than 10k attendees, the conference was a rousing success providing an informative and fun--if busy--weekend for all.
As a partner, Thumbtack hosted a booth on the main expo floor. With thousands of bright students roaming, and a prime position next to our friends at Tinder, we kept busy introducing students to our brand and some of the NOBLEtacks members. While most of the crowds gathered in the expo center, the entire convention center hosted panels and discussions in a multi-track styled convention. My particular favorite was the panel: Seeing Yourself In Tech. The participants from Hack the Hood, an Oakland non-profit that sets under-resourced youth on the path to tech careers, discussed authenticity and representation, particularly in the context of code-switching. The talk was insightful and touching and helped reaffirm my commitment to inclusive practices.
Altogether, the weekend was a fun reminder of why our work in NOBLEtacks is essential. We’d also love to hear from the community - Have you always seen yourself as running your own business? When was the moment you realized that it was what you wanted to do?