Join us on Jan. 15, 2018 as we mark 20 years of bringing the values of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to high technology in northern California with the Innovation&Equity18: 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology. Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Members Roy L. Clay Sr. and Dr. Frank Greene had asked us to create an exhibition at the Tech Museum of Innovation in 1998 to give the history of black contributions to technology. Since then, we have raised up more than 1,000 overlooked overachievers through the 18 annual Innovation&Equity symposia and scientific proceedings. However, the battle we began in 1998 with Freedom of Information Act requests to the U.S. government is far from over. Civil rights attorney Donald Temple, founder of the Charles Hamilton Houston Pre-Law School Institute, joins us to examine the role of technology for the future.
We present the Roy L. Clay Technology Pinnacle Award to Kome Ajise, chief deputy director of Caltrans, for his role in development of the $17 billion transportation infrastructure in the Golden State and to Jerry Ellison, CEO of JBE Inc. in Hartsville, S.C., a 300,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility for major companies ranigng from Boeing to BMW.