SAN FRANCISCO -- The Honorable Denise Turner Roth, Administrator of the General Services Administration, leads the 17th annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology, announced to mark African-American Technology Day on Wednesday, Aug. 24, during the 13th annual National Black Business Month.
Roth, whose $50 billion portfolio includes the bulk of the federal civilian technology establishment and government purchasing and propety management, is part of a cybersecurity elite featured in the NBBM edition of the Journal of African-American Innovation. Also shaping the response to the threat are : The Honorable Willie E. May, Undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology; The Honorable Andre Gudger, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy; Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency; and The Honorable Dr. Reginald Brothers, Undersecretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology.
Michel F. "Mike" Molaire, CEO of Rochester-based Molecular Glasses Inc., about to reveal a new printing technology for making Organic Light Emitting Diodes inexpensively which will dramatically reduce the cost of making screens; Mary E. Spio, developer of a virtual reality headset and content platform; Dr. Juan Gilbert, creator of a universal voting system; Dr. Trevor Castor, creator of new drugs using nanotechnology manufacturing and Richard Patterson, the first African-American automaker in a century with a 2,000 HP $1.7 million supercar; are among the innovators featured in the first phase of the selection, made since 1999 by John William Templeton, former editor of the San Jose Business Journal and author of the annual Silicon Ceiling study of African-Americans in technology.
In a cover article for the Journal, Roth encouraged small businesses to respond to the expected $19 billion in new cybersecurity spending in the next budget. Another 50 Most perennial member, Darrell G. Mottley, editor in chief of the American Bar Association's Landslide intellectual property journal, is guest editor of the August issue of the Journal of African-American Innovation. He is principal shareholder of Banner Witcoff in Washington, D.C. and former president of the Washington, D.C. Bar.
Selectees will receive Roy L. Clay Technology Pinnacle Awards during Innovation & Equity Symposium 17 in San Francisco on Jan. 15, 2017. A second phase of the 50 Most between now and then involves the selection of authors for the scientific proceedings on Jan. 15 which present promising industrial discoveries. Those selectees will enter an innovation competition to vie for startup capital and assistance to commercialize their products.
Subscriptions to the Journal include a ticket to the Innovation and Equity Symposium. Templeton receives the Visionary Award Saturday, Aug. 27 from the California Black Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles. He was featured on NBC Bay Area in February in a series of spots for Black History Month and was chosen among the Profiles of Excellence by KGO-TV, the local ABC affiliate.
This weekend also features #EatBlackDays Aug. 25-28. Say Grace and Wipe Yo' Hands: BLACKRESTAURANT.NET Guide to America's Black Restaurants is Templeton's first nationwide guide to the $6 billion African-American food industry, with more than 30 venues in the top 25 cities to choose from.
Profiles from the 50 Most will be featured during the school year on ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage, the African-American children's educational network, along with the series Road to Ratification, the narrative of the passage of the 13th Amendment.