INNOVATION&EQUITY23: January 15, 2024


Innovation&Equity23 is the annual scientific proceeding of the Journal of Black Innovation and the preparation for the 20th annual National Black Business Month, featuring the 22d 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology, the BlackBio100 and the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Infrastructure.

The 19th annual State of Black Business report includes the rankings for all 50 states on the Black Business Affinity Index, evaluations of 90 federal agencies for their performance with Black-owned businesses and the most complete analyses of the Black labor force domestically and international economic performance among African and Caribbean countries.

Protecting Our Civil Rights From and With Technology is the symposium theme from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2024.   One strand will explore Life Science Discovery and Practice; another strand will develop Privacy, Profit and Property Rights and a third strand will address Policy for a Black Future.


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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.