Google Partners with Black Tech Founders in Philadelphia to Expose 200 Students to Careers in STEM


PHILADELPHIA, PAGrace3 Technologies and the National Black Empowerment Council this week celebrated their 3rd annual Xtreme5 Teen Tech Summit – Powered by Google. The free event took place Monday that was designed to empower the next generation of leaders by delivering hands-on, real-world tools and emerging technologies such as Drones, robotics, STEM career options, and the launch of Google’s Online Roadshow in Philadelphia, Be Internet Awesome. Over 200 Philadelphia youth attended to learn all about advanced technologies and STEM careers.

John Henry, Grace3 Technologies, Chairman & CEO, said, “Our annual tech summit is a remarkable convergence of community and technology. Its purpose is to propel forward the realms of racial and digital accessibility fostering equity and inclusive progress within the technology industry. We are particularly thrilled to welcome Google this year, as they will personally inspire the young minds of Philadelphia, encouraging them to be more responsible in the world of technology. We are proud to be part of Google’s launch of their Online Roadshow in Philadelphia.”

The event occurred at the Science History Institute, a museum and library that collects, preserves, interprets, and shares stories behind science.

Google spokesperson Marley McAliley said, “We are thrilled to have launched our Online Safety Roadshow in Philadelphia earlier today. Participating in the X5 Teen Tech Summit is incredibly meaningful work that we are proud to be a part of. Through our presence, we have the opportunity to educate and inspire young minds, teaching them about innovative career paths in STEM and the importance of being responsible online.”

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“Online safety for Philadelphia youth is of paramount importance, and the opportunity for students to get essential tips on navigating the digital world is incredibly impactful for the next generation,” said House Speaker Representative Joanna McClinton, “With Google’s support, this partnership underscores our commitment to empowering young individuals with the knowledge and tools they need to explore the internet safely.”

Students engaged with leading innovators and experts from various science, technology, and corporate sectors. The event included a museum tour, scavenger hunt, tech play, and information on STEM careers.  This program encouraged the exploration of advanced technology careers and opened the pathways to access them. This event was made possible by Grace3 Technologies, NBEC, and Google. Many organizations came together to present to local youths, like, Philly Robotics CoalitionDrone CadetsRajant RoboticsVerizon Critical Response TeamSkydioDigital Barriers, and more.

“Xtreme5 Teen Tech Summit exposes youth to advanced technologies and career opportunities that exist in STEM, ” said Darius Jones, founder and CEO of, National Black Empowerment Council. He continues, “At NBEC, we recognize our alliance with Grace3 Technologies and the significance of engaging in such initiatives that create opportunities for our youth to explore and pursue their interests without limitations.”

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