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BTA Awards US 2024 – Winners Announced

By February 27, 2024No Comments

Press release: Black Tech Achievement US Awards 2024 Winners Announced

The Black Tech Achievement US Awards 2024, a dazzling event recognizing outstanding achievements in the tech industry, concluded on Monday February 26th with an evening marked by glamor and celebration. This prestigious event, held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, showcased the remarkable contributions of Black professionals, highlighting their significant impact on the world of technology.

The evening, filled with excitement and anticipation, was made possible by the generous support of the headline sponsor, JPMorgan Chase. Their commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion within the tech sector played a crucial role in making this event a resounding success.

The distinguished panel of judges, comprised of industry luminaries, played a pivotal role in selecting the deserving winners from an impressive pool of nominees.

The judging panel included:

Arlan Hamilton: Founder of Backstage Capital & Runner, Author, Venture Catalyst

Esosa Ighodaro: Co-founder of Black Women Talk Tech

Ken Gibbs Jr.: Executive Vice President, Digital – Ebony Media

India Adams: Product Marketing Manager, Google

Cassandra Illidge: Vice President of Partnerships & Executive Director of the HBCU Photo Archive Grants Program at Getty Images

Pariss Chandler: Founder & CEO of Black Tech Pipeline


The Black Tech Achievement US Award Winners 2024 are as follows:

Ally of the Year Winner:

Eric Miquelon, Avanade

App of the Year Winner:


BTA Gaming Award Winner:

Latoya Peterson, Glow Up Games

Developer of the Year Winner:

John Summerville, Gold Turtle Games

Diversity Champion Winner:

Jyl Feliciano, Highspot

Employee of the Year Winner:

Richard Coleman, Axon

Entrepreneur of the Year Winner:

Leonard Tatum, Tatum Games

Fintech Person of the Year Winner:

Charlene Fadirepo, Mango Digital Strategies

Force for Good Award Winner:

Jessica Murrey, Wicked Saints

Innovation Champion Award Winner:

Derek Peterson, Soter Technologies Inc.

Inspirational Woman of the Year Award Winner:

Dr. Joy Buolamwini, The Algorithmic Justice League

Outstanding Initiative Winner:

Ini Augustine, Technologist Computers SBC

Rising Star Winner:

Kayla Burke, Microsoft

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:

Charles Isbell, University of Wisconsin-Madison


The Black Tech Achievement US Awards 2024 not only acknowledged individual accomplishments but also celebrated the collective impact of the Black tech community in shaping the future of technology.

As the evening concluded, attendees were encouraged to pre-register for updates on the 2025 intake, ensuring they stay informed about future opportunities to be a part of this influential event.

About Black Tech Achievement US Awards:

The Black Tech Achievement US Awards recognise and honour the achievements of Black professionals and entrepreneurs in the technology industry. By celebrating diversity and excellence, the awards aim to inspire the next generation of innovators and leaders in the tech sector. Learn more at