The Texas Black Expo will be celebrating its 10th anniversary June 21-23, 2013 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This year’s Juneteenth Summer Celebration will be produced around the theme “Diversity through Technology”. From the use of social media and apps to the use of various software and technologies in the business and educational sectors, when compared to majority communities, minorities’ maximization of these technologies is relatively low. Designed for the education, information and empowerment of the urban community, this year’s Diversity through Technology initiative is designed to expose more minority-owned businesses and families in urban communities to the various ways in which cutting-edge technologies can improve their productivity and quality of life.
Primarily a problem that can be attributed to a lack of access to resources that impedes diverse communities from accessing the latest technologies and a lack of familiarity with those technologies that are available to help them to live better lives, a measurable divide has developed between urban and majority communities, not only in terms of technology use, but in terms of technology awareness. It is the Texas Black Expo’s objective to help diverse communities gain greater access to these technologies in order to maintain pace with today’s modern culture and majority communities though education, information and empowerment.
To address the education component of the initiative, the Texas Black Expo will educate citizens about the various ways in which they can maximize technologies already in use by finding new and creative ways to employ them at work and at home. The information component of the Diversity through Technology initiative will provide cutting-edge information about the latest advancements in technology, both online and in the marketplace, that are designed to help citizens operate more efficiently and effectively.
Finally, in an effort to realize the technology component of the initiative, the Texas Black Expo will empower diverse communities to access and integrate technology in every area of life, encouraging them to seek out ways to utilize technology in various fields, from education, to transportation, to parenting, to communication, to finance, to health and wellness, and beyond. A special component of the empowerment component of the initiative is that the Texas Black Expo will be doing computer lab makeovers for selected urban middle and high schools in Texas, updating their technology so that students may remain competitive with their counterparts in more prosperous communities. This will be accomplished through the donation of computers, printers and other equipment to the schools.
The Texas Black Expo Juneteenth Summer Celebration will be held June 21 – 23, 2013 at the George R. Brown Convention Center (Hall A). The event provides an opportunity for business owners on all levels to network and display their goods and services to a diverse audience. Further, the Texas Black Expo will offer FREE Expo admission to all guests attending the Expo tradeshow and thus anticipates more than 15,000 attendees throughout the course of the weekend. Expo activities will include a Green Zone, mega health fair, a real estate forum, a HBCU college fair and youth summit, a Saturday Old School Hip-Hop and R&B Concert at Discovery Green, and a dynamic Sunday gospel explosion.
The Texas Black Expo is a popular business and consumer regional event attracting thousands in recent years to Houston, a business-friendly city recognized as one of the country’s top five markets for African Americans to live, work, and own their own business. The Texas Black Expo’s Juneteenth Summer Celebration is the largest African American consumer marketing tradeshow and urban festival in the state.
Vending opportunities (exhibitor booths) are also available for the Texas Black Expo weekend tradeshow AND for the Saturday Outdoor Concert at Discovery Green. For more information on sponsorship or vending opportunities, please visit www.texasblackexpo.com.
The Texas Black Expo encourages our neighbors around the states of Texas and Louisiana to visit Houston and the Texas Black Expo. For visitor information, links to official hotels, and tickets, please visit www.texasblackexpo.com.
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