Since 1998, the top African-American innovators have gathered in an exclusive setting to shape a new future of economic prosperity as selectees among the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology. Former San Jose Business Journal editor John William Templeton applies his 50 years of experience to pick those who distinguish their technological achievements with the awareness of their global impact.
Inspired by Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame members Roy L. Clay Sr., author of the new autobiography Unstoppable, and the late Dr. Frank Greene Sr., the 50 Most accentuates the centrality of Black discovery in the development of technology industries globally. Templeton’s documentary, Freedom Riders of the Cutting Edge, describes how Clay developed computer programming in the 1950s; Greene was a semiconductor pioneer in the 1960s and Gerald Anderson Lawson sparked the video game industry in the 1970s.
The symposium format is the annual scientific proceeding of the Journal of Black Innovation, a monthly scholarly publication with a global reach. The agenda set during the discussions is carried forward for the next year as part of Our10Plan: the African-American economic strategy.