4 Key Takeaways from the Tech Summit House at CIAA Tournament Week

On Friday of last week, this writer had the exciting opportunity to head down to the Inner Harbor area for a much-anticipated event: the Tech Summit House.

The event had been widely advertised and promised to feature panels with some of the brightest minds from the African American community within the tech industry. According to hosts from Visit Baltimore, the city’s main tourism agency, the Tech Summit House has become a staple at the CIAA Tournament Week, which recently concluded its second stint in Baltimore. The tournament week draws crowds, top athletes, influencers, and industry leaders from across the country to celebrate and showcase excellence in sports, culture and technology. As such, the Tech Summit House was a must-attend event for anyone interested in the latest trends and insights in the tech industry — particularly as it pertains to Black innovation and leadership.

The various panel discussions tackled topics like growing ecosystems, career opportunities, digital equity and upcoming innovations. One comment from Alana Mann, a partner at Latimer Ventures and one of the panelists in a session called “The Rising Women in Tech,” captured a sentiment underscoring much of this programming when she said: “There’s so much more that we could all be doing to bring together diverse entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders in Baltimore.”