National Black Programming Consortium and Silicon Harlem Hold Inaugural Hackathon

Hack360 finale. Pictured, Shellée Haynesworth. Source: NBPC 360 Hack360

The Silicon Harlem 2nd Annual Tech Conference announced the winners of Hack360, a hackathon event held by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) in partnership with Silicon Harlem.

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The hackathon tested the skills of developers over a two-day period. The participants are all developing TV and Web series. The goal of the hackathon was for them to create a companion app to the series they are developing.

The jury awarded a $3,000 prize to Sultan Sharrief and Oren Goldenberg, producers of the TV series Cred; a reality show about 12 Detroit high school students trying to land a dream internship in the film industry. Sharrief and Goldenberg created the Street Cred Movie Mogul app, which lets users build a film company with the goal of becoming a movie mogul.

An Audience prize of $1000 was awarded to Damon Colquhoun, producer of Pixie Dust—a Web series about a girl who uses her magical powers to help her mentally ill mother. His app, Pixie Dust: Home to Mom, challenges users to try and safely wade through a world of unsavory characters who threaten Pixie’s mental health. The app was designed to create awareness about triggers that can threaten mental well-being.

Prizes of $500 were awarded to the makers of POPS, a Web documentary that seeks to dispel myths about black fathers. The companion app, POPS+LIFE, is a scavenger hunt app that lets children and their fathers work to explore and solve various missions.

The producers of Black Broadway on U—an interactive Web project about the U Street corridor in Washington D.C., also received $500 for their companion app Duke’s DC: Just Jumpin’ and Jivin;’ another scavenger hunt and quiz app that takes users on a walking tour of dance halls, theatres, and nightclubs that were frequented by the likes of Duke Ellington.

NBPC is a Harlem-based media arts organization and Silicon Harlem is a social venture focused on transforming Harlem into a technology and innovation hub.


Silicon Harlem: The New Silicon Valley

After you’ve been inspired by technology, tech entrepreneurship, innovation, and new opportunities at Black Enterprise’s inaugural TechConneXt Summit, October 12-13 in Silicon Valley, be sure to keep your tech gears turning at the 2015 Silicon Harlem Tech Conference in New York City, October 16.

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If you’re unfamiliar with Silicon Harlem, now would be a great time to get into their tech loop. Silicon Harlem aspires to transfer Harlem into an innovation and technology hub that will thrive and inspire the global digital economy.

This non-profit organization, partnered with national and local politicians and entrepreneurs, looks to create another ‘renaissance movement’ in the community, with hopes of not only combating the neighborhood’s high unemployment rates and threatening poverty, but also as a means to elevate technology and engineering interests in education, promote economic developments and business acceleration, as well as workforce insights.

Membership with Silicon Harlem can provide the relationships, knowledge, and resources necessary to create success in the industry. Those who are engaged with Silicon Harlem are offered co-working spaces, monthly meetups for networking opportunities, gigabit infrastructure, and the opportunity to secure investment capital to transfer ideas into reality. Entrepreneurs, students, professionals, and innovators that may be interested in becoming a member of the Silicon Harlem movement, may click here to sign up for a free basic membership.

To learn more about Silicon Harlem, attend the upcoming Silicon Harlem Tech Conference where there will be informative sessions; hosted by leading industry professionals, on financing a start-up, next generation Internet, monetizing digital, disruptive technology, elevating your business brand, technological art and creativity, and more.

For more information on Silicon Harlem and the upcoming Silicon Harlem Tech Conference on October 16 at 46 W. 116th Street, Harlem, NY, visit

To join Black Enterprise at the TechConneXt Summit, Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California, October 12-13, register now.

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