Tech is the future and Dream Corps Tech is making sure the Black Community is a part of that. 

Dream Corps Tech was founded by Award-Winning artist Prince and CNN Commentator Van Jones during the ESSENCE Festival in 2014. 

Michelle Ferguson, the National Community Initiatives Director talked with the Atlanta Voice about the partnerships Dream Corps Tech created to better the Black Tech Community. 

“We have had a lot of interest in Black Future Weekend in those looking to support or have raised their hands and committed, especially since the George Floyd murder,” Ferguson said. 

Black Future Weekend will be hosted in Atlanta from October 1st through October 2nd. The event’s purpose is to prepare the Black Community to embrace a “technologically heightened future” by providing panels and forums to keep everyone ahead of the game. 

The initiative stemmed from the Trayvon Martin incident. A conversation was had between Prince and Van Jones, who were close friends wanting to do their part in changing the narrative for Black People.

“When I think about Black Futures, we are not always represented in the things we are going to be representing or influencing,” Ferguson said. She continued by stating the Black Community has to stay on top of things to avoid being left out. 

Ferguson works closely with CNN Contributor Van Jones, who initiated the idea of Black Future Weekend and is just as passionate about the initiative. 

“We see Prince’s imprint left on Dream Corps Tech, always challenging us to think differently,” she said. 

Ferguson emphasized the importance of their partners being committed outside of a transaction to create an equal playing field for Black people in the Tech Field.

“A lot of companies have raised their hand and committed to diversifying the Tech sector and making it equitable,” Ferguson said. 

Dream Corps Tech works with large companies such as Target, the San Francisco 49ers, Microsoft, Cash App, and many more. 

“They (49ers) provided us support to do a re-entry cohort so that those who were incarcerated had the opportunity to train with us for a tech sales role,” Ferguson said. 

She encourages all who are interested to join the Tech Industry. She emphasizes that it is not easy, but Dream Corps Tech will make it easier. 

“I want people to be invigorated and inspired. That they see a place in the future for them and that they are on a journey to get there — with us and with our help,” she said. 

She believes one of Dream Corps Tech’s many goals is to be a helping hand in creating generational wealth within the Black Community.

(Black Future Weekend will be October 1- October 2nd. Photo Credit: Dream Corps Tech via Instagram)

Alexis Grace is a recent graduate of Clark Atlanta University and a current Graduate student at Agnes Scott College. During and after her time at CAU, she has worked and interned for several publications...