Black Girls Hack Founders on #BlackHack
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

It’s not uncommon to connect with others in your industry at an event, swap contact information and move on to continue connecting with more like-minded  (or not) individuals, but the founders of Black Girls Hack weren’t letting this chance encounter slip away.  Kat Calvin, co-founder of Character’s Closet, Amanda Spann, founder of Glamobile and Sidewalk District creator Janelle Jolley met at the Focus 100 Symposium, an event that connects influencers, thought leaders and tech startups founded by women, and left with friendship and an innovative concept.

The tech trio started Black Girls Hack, the first non-profit hackathon series geared toward the African-American tech community. Largely based in Atlanta, the coding contest creators reeled in sponsorship from companies like Limitless Smart Shot, Mailchimp and SendGrid.

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With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina,,, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.