You don't need us to tell you that tech has a massive diversity and representation problem. But you might need us to tell you that the UK's first tech festival by and for black people of African and Caribbean descent is back for a second year.
Afrotech Fest takes place at Rich Mix in Shoreditch (near Boxpark) over the 12th to the 14th of April (that's mostly weekend, so you don't have to take time off from work).
The festival will be bigger than last year's, and includes a bigger family space and better accessibility. There'll be long and short talks, interactive workshops, installations and lots of discussion about the intersections between tech and the arts, history, current affairs, activism and representation. It's not just for techies either – the festival is designed to be interesting and fun for everyone.
Organiser Debs Durojaiye comments:
"Afrotech Fest is an intentional space for Black people looking to feel included in tech. Intentional spaces encourage participation by creating multiple access points to information and encourage engagement by allowing ownership.
These spaces exist as a radical alternative to challenging the status quo. Afrotech Fest is happy to be able to create this space with our attendees and participants for another year."
And the festival venue Rich Mix said:
"We are excited to be supporting this cutting-edge festival for a second year running. Many of our intentions and aims, like being intentionally diverse and inclusive, align with Afrotech’s and we’re proud to be part of the growth they have already seen and will see in the future."
The festival's attracted some impressive sponsors, including The Financial Times, 38 Degrees, ASOS and Cloudflare. It's good to see companies stepping up to support something like this.
Tickets for Afrotech Fest start at £15, but people on low incomes or without wages, and students can get subsidised tickets for less. You can also buy 'donation' tickets, to give to someone who wouldn't be able to attend otherwise.
Tickets are available now from the website, which is an absolute treat for the eyes.