Black Tech Leaders series features startup CEOs, VR, esports, animation

Our Digital LA – Black Tech Leaders is a series of panels featuring Black experts in tech fields from startups to esports. Each panel has been an industry first for featuring all Black panelists for the topic, both for the LA area, and nationwide.

Each panel has featured speakers discussing what they do, with some action steps on how to increase black representation in these fields, where they are often the only Black person on their team, project or company. Our hope is to highlight their achievements, provide actions steps for fellow Black tech leaders and allies, and create a resource for speakers to speak and represent at future industry panels.

Black Leaders in Tech Series Directory

Black Tech Leaders: Action and Community: Startup CEOs and LA tech community Leaders (June 4)

Black Startup CEOs: Founder Forum with Ayinde Alakoye, nedl, CEO  (June 11)

Black VR Creatorsspeakers from Survios VR, Oculus Start Fellow alums, founders, and filmmakers (June 23)

Black Esports: Arabian Prince, Twitch streamers, sports consultants discuss access, opportunities (July 2)

Black VFX / Animators: Animators from DreamWorks, Hulu, discuss animation (July 29)


Panel Summaries


Black Tech Leaders: Action and Community with Startup CEOs and LA tech community Leaders

Black tech leaders who’ve been leaders in their communities for more than a decade each shared their advice for action and community resources at our Black Tech Leaders: Action and Community webinar on June 4 via Zoom.

Experts shared tech resources for black startups, entrepreneurs, and small business owners, developers, and students. You can watch the entire panel and Q&A on our Digital LA FB page.


Black Startup CEOs: Founder Forum with Ayinde Alakoye, nedl, CEO

Our Digital LA – Founder Forum featured Ayinde Alakoye, CEO and founder of nēdl, a new livestream app that lets you broadcast and search for keywords in livestreams via real time transcription AI.


Black VR Creators

At the first ever industry panel featuring all Black VR industry experts, speakers from Survios VR, Oculus Start Fellow alums, founders, and filmmakers described how they got into VR, VR during pandemic, and the importance of inclusion and equity from coding to filmmaking and more at our Digital LA – Black VR Creators panel via Zoom.

Action steps included: Hire black VR creators, and tell stories by black creators. Also, mentor black VR students and aspiring filmmakers through programs such as speaker Chris Lafayette’s Black Technology Mentorship Program. See the full video on our Digital LA Facebook page.


Black Esports

Black esports leaders discussed black representation in esports including: players and teams, game publishers, sponsors and investors, media, tech access, HBCUs and education, parents, communities, and more. at our Digital LA – Black Esports webinar. This was the first industry panel featuring black esports speakers.

Black VFX Animators

The industry’s first panel featured black speakers from DreamWorks, Hulu, and more, discussed their career paths, black representation, tech tools, and adapting to pandemic at our inspiring Digital LA –  Black VFX / Animators panel via Zoom. Watch the video.