September 7, 2022

Colorintech Launches This Year’s Black Tech Festival

Black-owned tech platform, Colorintech, has officially announced that one of Europe’s biggest festivals is back for the third time.

Colorintech, co-founded in 2016 by Dion McKenzieAshleigh Ainsley, and Vladimira Mesko Briestenska, was launched to help close the racial wealth gap by making the tech industry more inclusive. 

The platform’s overall mission is to make Europe the most inclusive tech hub in the world – which is why the launch of its new festival couldn’t have come at a better time. 

This year’s Black Tech Fest, which is the third event hosted by Colorintech, will take place in October. There are expected to be over 5,000 professionals in attendance and a range of industry speakers. According to the organization, the program will leave attendees feeling more inspired and empowered. 

The week-long festival will span from 11-13 October to coincide with Black History Month in the UK, and many will have the opportunity also to tune in virtually. Headliners include Steven Bartlett, Michelle Williams, and Patricia Bright.

 “Last year, more than 75 high profile speakers took part in Black Tech Fest, which created more than 50 hours of content material and reached a global audience of many thousands,” said Dion McKenzie.  

“This year, we expect participation will be even greater with our live-streaming sessions covering a whole range of topics relevant to entrepreneurship, music, innovation, and pursuing a career in technology.” 

In partnership with Tidal, attendees on the day will be able to experience an exclusive playlist on the app to help further enhance their experience covering Black food and visuals. 

“By creating opportunities for powerful conversations around technology, inclusion, and innovation, we hope to inspire those who are, or who wish, to embark on a career in technology.” 

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.