CBC Tech 2020, Luma Lab & African American TECH Inclusion

What Connects the CBC Tech 2020 Initiative and Our Education Arm Luma Lab?

The goal of our Luma Lab program is making technology approachable to people in communities underrepresented in the tech sector.

Our founder Aaron K. Saunders has passionately pushed for companies and organizations to be more proactive in their efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive tech sector; to look further than their closest connects and to invest money into programs like Luma Lab that are practicing a more robust approach to tech education.

Many organizations approach this problem with no intention of truly solving this issue but simply see support for coding education as a great feel-good initiative to get behind. This problem cannot be solved with a couple hackathons here and there or by simply talking about what would be nice. It takes a multifaceted approach that involves comprehensive strategies and plans of action by companies hiring for tech jobs and organizations training people to fill those positions.

Initiatives like CBC Tech 2020 are a great example of what we need to make significant strides in actually putting more people from underrepresented communities like African Americans, into an ever growing number of high paying tech jobs.

Photos from the May 2015 launch of the CBC’s Tech 2020 initia