Meetups that bring Black Tech professionals together for learning, inspiration and capacity building.

Advocacy efforts that raise awareness around inclusion, access, and equity in the tech industry.

Information about jobs, resources, and tools to take your tech to the next level.

Support the growing tech ecosystem where everyone is valued, engaged, and empowered.



Over 300 Black Tech professionals from across the country gathered to raise awareness around diversity and inclusion in tech during the 

2019 Essence Music Festival.  

Upcoming Events

Our Black Tech Meetup, “Tech Ready”, brings aspiring techies together to learn how to make the career switch to the tech industry. Meet recruiters and get tips on how to get your resume to the top of the pile. Networking, panel discussion, and resume reviews. Free and open to the public. Group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month.

NOLAVATE Black is a proud sponsor of Blerd (Black Nerd) Fest. We are excited to support the work of this amazing organization. Stay tuned. April 2020

SAVE-THE -DATE for Black Tech NOLA 2020 during Essence Festival Week in New Orleans – June 29th thru July 1st.  NOLAVATE Black is excited to bring the Black Tech community together during the largest Black music festival in the country for talks, meetups, networking and professional development. Stay tuned for more information. Sign-up to our mailing list to get news and updates.

Explore Possibilities!


Get tips on how to make the switch to tech! Read More

AxoSim, Cadex Genomics, and Obatala Sciences are expected to bring 200 jobs to New Orleans.  Companies will offer programs to keep local talent in our city by offering job training opportunities in medical technology and clinical laboratory sciences.  A special congratulations to NOLA Tech 30 Alum, Trivia Fraizier, Founder of Obatala Sciences, on raising 4 million in funding! Read More

NEW ORLEANS – As the founder of NOLAVATE Black, the New Orleans Black Tech Collective, Sabrina Short strives to create diversity and equity in the local technology industry, while also fostering a safe environment where creatives of color can collaborate and thrive. Read More


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Our mission

NOLAVATE Black offers a safe place for professionals and entrepreneurs to build collective capacity and economic sustainability in the Greater New Orleans Region.

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Sabrina N. Short

Founder & Director


"NOLAVATE Black has created something very special. I have been able to connect with other techies in my industry and have conversations I never would have had anywhere else."
Paul Saiedi, Global Head of Inclusion
Unity Technologies