MVMT50 is a coalition of Black thought leaders committed to sustained and systematic improvement in employment diversity, cultural representation and leadership development in the innovation, technology and digital sectors. MVMT50 represents a dimension of the 21st Century’s civil rights movement, with intent to expand opportunity, elevate the value of diversity and disrupt the traditional culture and practices associated with the innovation sector. Our partners and participants gather annually during South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive to connect, collaborate and build consensus around disruptive and innovative solutions to empower and elevate Black thought leadership.
DEFINING THE CONVERSATION
While conversations and efforts surrounding diversity shortcomings in the technology and digital space have increased, systemic and sustainable solutions continue to be fragmented and ineffective. MVMT50 is a community of resources that serves to centralize conversations and efforts to ensure a comprehensive approach to diversify the tech industry, driven by the insights and the intellectual capitol of Black thought leaders.
The conversation and consequences of diversity and inclusion deficiencies across the technology sector influence a wide variety of industry sectors; from large Fortune 500 companies and small, local businesses, to the service providers that keep tech companies running and relevant. Seeing the needle move requires cohesion on priorities and the use of resources amongst these community members. MVMT50’s partnership with SXSW, “the most important interactive event in the world” (CNET), is a conduit to build cohesion and cooperation amongst the many needed voices. SXSW Interactive is where we connect, collaborate and create consensus on how to elevate and empower our individual and collective spaces of influence.
SXSW serves as MVMT50’s annual convening of thought leaders, advocates and practitioners. Programming and information shared throughout the four-day festival serve to better equip leaders to lead cooperative action in their communities throughout the year. As a part of “the movement” participants have access to the many efforts and resources being developed in this space.