Puts Black Women on The Path for Success in Tech

February 22, 2013  |  

When last we spoke with Kat Calvin, she discussed her companies Michelle in Training and Character’s Closet. Now she can add a new endeavor, a website called, to her list of businesses. is focused on developing and celebrating black nerds and providing an outlet for discussion, networking and industry knowledge. Calvin, who serves as president and CEO, recently spoke with MadameNoire via email and described “We wanted to really look at what it is that makes up the black nerd community- what we love, what we need and what we want, so we could find the best ways to make blerd life more awesome for everyone.”

Calvin has a passion for tech and and business focus on women, the black community, and entrepreneurship. Blerdology is a combination of all three of these aspects and Calvin wrote that the new site is giving her and her team “a chance to build, support and give back to the black community all over the country.”

Technology is a high-growth industry and can provide endless opportunity for those interested in gaining a footing in this fast paced career space. However, with all the opportunity, studies show that black people make up a fraction of workers in the Silicon Valley IT hub in California representing less than three percent of the IT workforce. Meanwhile, Asians make up over half the workers and whites, 40 percent.

By not having a strong presence in the IT we are missing out on a tremendous amount of career and entrepreneurial opportunities. However, there are forces in the websphere targeted at uniting and fostering blacks in technology, such as Calvin’s businesses.

Late last year she organized a successful hackathon called Black Girls Hack in Atlanta, which was the first of its kind. This March another Black Girls Hack event is schedule in Hollywood and another in Newark in April. Check out the website for all of the new features that will be continuously released on and the content posted by an array of tech writers.

Anyone interested in submitting an article and column ideas can go to or if interested in being a part of the hackathon you can email Kat directly at

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