THE BUZZ: On October 16, 2014, I attended the First Annual Silicon Harlem Conference. Co-founded by Bruce Lincoln and an old friend from my cable days Clayton Banks, Silicon Harlem is focused on transforming Harlem into a technology and innovation hub. The event brought together Harlem’s own leaders such as Congressman Charles Rangel (U.S. Representative for New York’s 13th Congressional District) and Gale Brewer (Manhattan Borough President) as well as other national influencers such as Dr. Frances Colon (Deputy Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State) and Larry Irving Co-Founder at The Mobile Alliance for Global Good).
The push was toward action – what we can do collectively to create a new technological future for Harlem that can improve educational and job opportunities. Given my own technology history, I knew a number of the speakers such as Rik Willard (Co-Founder and CEO of MintCombine) who spoke on the “Where Is The Money?” panel and Dr. Olajide A. Williams (Columbia University Medical Center Chief of Staff of Neurology) who shared thoughts on “How Technology Can Transform Public Health?” Check out some of the pictures, full list of speakers and how to get involved.