There is an ongoing relentless pursuit for the next big thing in business. Will it be a new product from APPLE, GOGGLE or Facebook? Will an anonymous new company produce the next game changer? No one can correctly answer these questions, but the odds are very high that the next big thing will come from the technology sector. The “Innovation & Equity 14: 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology Conference will be held on January 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. A key focus of this conference is to bring together leading African-Americans in technology nationally to discuss increasing the involvement of African American’s in entrepreneurship within the technology sector. African American heritage includes innovators and technology entrepreneurs as shown in the following sample:
Gerald Anderson Lawson, inventor of the first cartridge gaming console, the Channel F, for Fairchild
Roy Clay Sr., first manager of computer research and development for Hewlett-Packard;
Dr. Frank Greene Sr., developer of the circuit board for the Illiac IV supercomputer
Dr. Robert Lawrence Thornton, holder of 50 patents in optoelectronics as the leading patent applicant at PARC, a Xerox company.
One of the organizers of the conference is John William Templeton. He is the Chief Economist of IBIS Partners, and leads the IBIS Partners Social Venture Intermediary. Mr. Templeton is a nationally known Author, Historian and Demographer. He is co-founder of National Black Business Month and author of the annual State of Black Business series.
Mr. Templeton's 36 books include Silicon Ceiling: Equal Opportunity and High Technology and BlackMoney: Advanced Strategies for Maximizing the $1 Trillion Blacks Receive Worldwide. He is committed to increasing African American innovation and entrepreneurship in the technology sector. The future of world economy will be led by the technology sector. Throughout most of history the biggest game changers have been products of innovation and technology.