November 22, 2023

Dark Mode Launches UX Bootcamp To Empower Charlotte’s Black Tech Talent

UX Bootcamps

A new Black-led professional technology training program is coming to Charlotte as a boot camp in February 2024.

Boot camps serve as an alternate pathway into tech careers, and focuses can range from software development and designing user experience to coding and cybersecurity.

According to an analysis shared by the NAACP, less than 6% of participants in technology-focused boot camps are Black.

Dark Mode is a company aiming to connect and train diverse talent in the tech industry. Lusenii Kromah, a Charlotte native, founded it.

The UX Bootcamp

They have announced their 12-week-in-person bootcamp in UX/UI for all levels of individuals seeking a pivot into the tech domain.

“Whether you’re a creative eyeing tech positions, a graphic designer looking to enhance your skill set, a product manager eager to grasp the user perspective, or a digital design aficionado, this bootcamp is your entry to the UX realm,” the website states.

The crafted program will give the participants the UX/UI essentials, real-world project experience, and the tools to showcase talents and kickstart their freelancing journey.

UX/UI Design stands at the intersection of creativity, user empathy, and tech innovation.

UX Designers create the process a customer or user would go through when using a company’s products or services.

This can include everything from designing how an app looks to a customer’s online checkout process.

Kromah told QCity Metro that UX design is one of the most adaptable roles in the industry.

“For our inaugural course, I was like, “Which area should we start with? If they had the skills but maybe couldn’t find a job right away. What technology skillset could somebody freelance quicker than others? UX design,” he said.

The program’s main instructors, Roderick Wilkins, Noelle Cheatam, and Linsey Morgan, all work as UX designers and will bring technical skills and lived experience to the training.

The course will run from February 5 to April 24, 2024, three times a week, Monday to Wednesday, 6-9 pm.

Sara Keenan

Tech Reporter at POCIT. Following her master's degree in journalism, Sara cultivated a deep passion for writing and driving positive change for Black and Brown individuals across all areas of life. This passion expanded to include the experiences of Black and Brown people in tech thanks to her internship experience as an editorial assistant at a tech startup.