The First Black College Con Is Started By A Black Woman

The First Black College Con Is Started By A Black Woman

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The Black Collegiate Gaming Association (BCGA) has launched its latest event, Black College Con, to help marginalized students, especially at historically black colleges and universities, connect and access male-dominated white industries such as technology. , games, and entertainment.

The BCGA was led and founded by a black woman, and is the only such organization that is run by this demographic.

Black College Con is not only meant to be a networking event, but also a tournament that helps aspiring gamers and tech enthusiasts showcase their skills to potential employers and gain exposure. Its “Black in Unity” theme is all about connecting these talented “techies” with established game changers in the industry.

The hybrid vertex, consisting of person and components online, begins Feb. 18 at Central North Carolina University with additional dates and locations at other HBCUs on subsequent weekends through March 11, according to its website.

This top is revolutionary in this specific industry, as the pipeline for various players was practically non-existent before the creation of the BCGA. However, in a global sphere, this sector of the expansive tech industry is only growing, and Black College Con intends to bring Black students and other POC students into the mix. Broadcasting live on popular game streamer Twitch, black business partners, major entertainment players and “Big Tech” companies such as Playstation and ADT are expected to be part of the event.

The BCGA itself was established in May 2020 by Keshia Walker, whose experience includes over two decades in high-level public relations and marketing.

A pioneer in esports and collegiate gaming, Walker’s mission was to create an organization dedicated to uplifting women and people of color in a field where they are rarely featured. BCGA has since begun hosting networking opportunities, workforce training, and tournaments that bring together students from diverse backgrounds with this common passion.

Registration for this “Blackanda” event is free, with supporters and participants encourage to promote the event with #BlackCollegeCon2023 or #BCC23.

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