July 25, 2022

ColorStack Launches Second Annual Tech Summit For Black And Latinx Students

Black-owned tech platform, ColorStack, has announced the launch of its second annual Stacked Up Summit. The summit aims to equip Black and Latinx computer science students with the tools they need to pursue a career in tech successfully. 

The annual summit, which will take place from August 17th to August 19th this year, will feature a range of talks, panels, and networking events with professionals and recruiters from big tech companies like Netflix, Meta, and LinkedIn. 

In addition, the event, which caters explicitly to Black and Latinx computer science students, will include panels in which professionals of color can share advice and their personal experiences to help aid students with the knowledge needed to attain fulfilling careers within the tech industry. 

“We still live in a world where talent is distributed, yet the opportunity isn’t,” said CEO Jehron Petty in an interview with POCIT. 

“The Stacked Up Summit is our way of solving that problem for Black and Latinx CS students, especially for many students who don’t have big tech companies attending their school’s career fair – or any tech companies in some cases. So this is a life-changing experience for them.”  

ColorStack, founded by 21-year-old Jehron Petty, aims to address the lack of representation and community he experienced as a Black computer science major at Cornell University. The non-profit organization mainly focuses on ensuring Black and Latinx computer science graduates have access to the academic support and development opportunities needed to pursue a long-standing career in tech.

Through community-oriented Slack channels, the tech platform has already facilitated career opportunities for almost 2,000 underrepresented students from over 500 schools. In addition, ColorStack has already built strong partnerships with over 40 of the world’s top tech companies, including Mastercard, Squarespace, Samsung, CrowdStrike, and Meta. 

Students attending the Stacked Up Summit will also be eligible for a free year of AlgoExpert’s interview prep services alongside other perks worth over $10,000. In addition, through the event, students can get to know one another and build networks that could last a lifetime. 

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.