What we're about

Welcome! Blacks United in Leading Technology - North Texas is the official, chartered chapter for North Texas of the dynamic, growing, vibrant Blacks United in Leading Technology International non-profit corporation (https://builtinternational.org/).

Our Chapters are operated under the BUILT Forward brand, and there is no charge to attend. Our dues-paying members, in BUILT International, receive extra benefits - mentors, training scholarships, free job postings, speaking & leadership opportunities, and more.

We educate people and seek to increase the representation of Black women and men in technology. It’s proven, enterprises that embrace diversity yield the most innovative solutions. We’re talking about the whole gamut from developers, scientists, digital media specialists, engineers, web masters, technicians, QA folks, social media strategists, cyber-security analysts, online marketing experts, UI/UX artists, recruiters, bloggers, operations staff, project managers – and many, many more technology professionals, students and educators.

We operate in a united fashion with the hundreds of other nonprofits, corporate resource groups, and diversity professionals with whom we share a common mission. Our BUILT Alliance.

We include all races and ethnicities. Non-technologist supporters are welcome in our community. The doors are wide open for those folks who are simply just passionate about all things technical.

Our events are held in-person and virtually, with a winning mix of top tech presentations, entrepreneurial series, more tech presentations, networking events, social justice messaging, collaborations with other aligned groups, career advancement seminars, more tech presentations, and Member’s Only, Reserved and Private Events.

Join us. Share our knowledge. Provide your viewpoints. Let’s explore together how technology is changing the world. Let’s effect Tech Equity, and help ensure technology is inclusive for all.

Upcoming events (4+)

Tech Speed Networking

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SPONSORED BY AMERICAN AIRLINES

Building community --- this time with fun, Tech Speed Networking. Those who want to participate will be assigned 1 on 1 slots, the bell rings, and then you shift to the next tech professional.

We'll also award the prizes from our Elevator Pitch Competition, earlier in the evening. Making Your Tech Impression Count, Wed, May 18, 2022, 5:30 PM | Meetup

Get to know each other, watch, or just come to be in the mix and have fun.

Complimentary cocktails and food bites begin at 7:30pm.

Blacks in tech and their allies need (just like all other professionals) to network with others to further their careers, find new job opportunities, find co-founders, and find customers for their new emerging companies.

Welcome to the Cloud on AWS

Network event

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This 8-hour course is a BUiLT Member's Only event.

What do you know about the Cloud? Should you get into tech working in the Cloud? One of the cloud providers comes from Amazon Web Services (AWS). What do you know about cloud capabilities on AWS?

Join our FREE (with a $25 registration fee to reserve your seat) course from Kahiga Tiagha of Wellstone Technologies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wellstone is working to realize a personal passion - to make the technology sector more diverse.

This course will cover 4 two-hour segments.

  • Why You Are Already Familiar with Cloud Concepts
  • The 6 main AWS services
  • Technologies that go with Cloud
  • How to get a job in Cloud
  1. Join as a BUiLT member. https://bit.ly/JoinBUiLT
  2. Go to the Membership tab, and scroll down.
  3. Log-in as a Member.
  4. Select, pay the $25, and check-out the BUiLT for the Cloud link.

Invest in yourself with new learnings. The Cloud may be perfect, just for you.

BUiLT International

Black Tech Thursday - Trinity Groves

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Black Tech Thursday - {an in-person geography across North Texas}

Blacks in tech and their allies need (just like all other professionals) to network with others to further their careers, to find new job opportunities, to find co-founders, and to find customers for their new emerging companies.

Sometimes, you may just need a listening ear.

As the largest Black tech group in North Texas, BUiLT North Texas wants Black technologists and their allies to have a safe place to share and learn with like-minded individuals.

Following from our past traditions in Mesquite, Arlington and Lewisville, we'll meet at a local restaurant / bar for networking and conversation. We'll move around this great geography to be inclusive, and so we can get to know our brethren, of all genders, from across the area.

We'll continue the tradition of finding the Most Inviting Black Tech Professional - i.e. those who can quickly amass the most "dots".

Mesquite - Felicia Malone
Arlington - Kayla Daniels
Lewisville - Cheryl Foulkes
Frisco - Ebony McGee / Armani Gelaspie
Grand Prairie - Bab Adetiba
Uptown - Khanesia Washington
Addison - Victor Iwuagwu
Ft. Worth - Khanesia Washington
Rowlett - Lee Kennamer
Plano - Kayla S. and Tiffany Jackson
Irving -
Dallas AT&T Design District -
Allen - Stephanie Sterling
Euless - Rod
Addison - Khanesia Washington
Richardson - Rodney Williams
Las Colinas -
Uptown - Craig
Arlington - Winnie Obilor
Addison - Sydeaka Watson
Las Colinas -
Addison - everyone won (the food and beverages were free)
Las Colinas - Terrence Bunkley
Richardson - Peter Beasley
Addison - Asmara Hagos

GET NOTICED: We are looking for sponsors for these events, individually for entire events, or just the food and beverage costs for those that show-up on time for the 1st hour.

What city / geography is next?

Post in the comments where you'd like the next Black Tech Thursday. Current plans are Frisco, Grand Prairie, North Richland Hills, McKinney, Oak Cliff, and so on ...

If you know of a great venue we should support and try-out, let us know that too.

BE SAFE: If you feel sick or are sick, don't come. If you don't feel comfortable to get back out just yet, join us when you do. We'll follow local city and county guidelines, and anyone can social distance, wear a mask, and of course, get vaccinated.

Let's meet up. THIS IS NOT AN ONLINE EVENT!

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Black Tech Thursday - location TBD

Needs a location

Black Tech Thursday - {an in-person geography across North Texas}

Blacks in tech and their allies need (just like all other professionals) to network with others to further their careers, to find new job opportunities, to find co-founders, and to find customers for their new emerging companies.

Sometimes, you may just need a listening ear.

As the largest Black tech group in North Texas, BUiLT North Texas wants Black technologists and their allies to have a safe place to share and learn with like-minded individuals.

Following from our past traditions in Mesquite, Arlington and Lewisville, we'll meet at a local restaurant / bar for networking and conversation. We'll move around this great geography to be inclusive, and so we can get to know our brethren, of all genders, from across the area.

We'll continue the tradition of finding the Most Inviting Black Tech Professional - i.e. those who can quickly amass the most "dots".

Mesquite - Felicia Malone
Arlington - Kayla Daniels
Lewisville - Cheryl Foulkes
Frisco - Ebony McGee / Armani Gelaspie
Grand Prairie - Bab Adetiba
Uptown - Khanesia Washington
Addison - Victor Iwuagwu
Ft. Worth - Khanesia Washington
Rowlett - Lee Kennamer
Plano - Kayla S. and Tiffany Jackson
Irving -
Dallas AT&T Design District -
Allen - Stephanie Sterling
Euless - Rod
Addison - Khanesia Washington
Richardson - Rodney Williams
Las Colinas -
Uptown - Craig
Arlington - Winnie Obilor
Addison - Sydeaka Watson
Las Colinas -
Addison - everyone won (the food and beverages were free)
Las Colinas - Terrence Bunkley
Richardson - Peter Beasley
Addison - Asmara Hagos

GET NOTICED: We are looking for sponsors for these events, individually for entire events, or just the food and beverage costs for those that show-up on time for the 1st hour.

What city / geography is next?

Post in the comments where you'd like the next Black Tech Thursday. Current plans are Frisco, Grand Prairie, North Richland Hills, McKinney, Oak Cliff, and so on ...

If you know of a great venue we should support and try-out, let us know that too.

BE SAFE: If you feel sick or are sick, don't come. If you don't feel comfortable to get back out just yet, join us when you do. We'll follow local city and county guidelines, and anyone can social distance, wear a mask, and of course, get vaccinated.

Let's meet up. THIS IS NOT AN ONLINE EVENT!

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Making Your Tech Impression Count

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