In Upper Manhattan, Visions of a Tech Economy | City Limits

By Amelia Spittal

Clayton Banks, co-Founder and CEO of Silicon Harlem, inside the co-working space on 126th where the company has its offices. (Photo: Adi Talwar)

Clayton Banks, co-Founder and CEO of Silicon Harlem, inside the co-working space on 126th where the company has its offices. (Photo: Adi Talwar)

Harlem is known for its rich culture, music and diversity. Now, certain organizations and entrepreneurs are trying to make it known for something else: technology.

Through education initiatives, the creation of tech centers, and community engagement in STEM, numerous businesses and local politicians have been teaming up to turn Uptown into the city’s go-to tech area.

Upper Manhattan has a vastly higher percentage of people of color than the rest of the borough—and it’s well known that compared to the private sector overall, the tech sector is disproportionately white. Black and Latino people make up about 31 percent of the nation’s population, 28 percent of private sector workers, 15 percent of tech employees and 5 percent of tech executives, according to federal statistics.

Read more: In Upper Manhattan, Visions of a Tech Economy | City Limits

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