Everyone wanted to know what she would do next. No one had gathered this group together before, not like this. She learned a lot about Pittsburgh: people wanted research on black tech, people wanted more networking events, companies wanted to reach out and diversify, but weren’t sure where to find the talent. People wanted to learn to code. Kids wanted to learn to code.
So, Cook founded Black Tech Nation.
Black Tech Nation now focuses on bridging the gap between black “techies” and America’s mainstream tech community. One of her big goals for 2018 is to help fund and facilitate actual research on how many black people are working in the tech industry in Pittsburgh. Cook says once that sort of data is published, Pittsburgh can begin to take a step in the right direction. Cook said there is research and data about Pittsburgh and diversity, “but not specifically black tech.”