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Fallon Wilson

BlackTechFutures Research Institute
Dr. Fallon Wilson is the Co-Founder of #BlackTechFutures Research Institute and the former Research Director of Black Tech Mecca. Recently, she was awarded a Kauffman Foundation's Open Knowledge grant to launch #BlackTechFutures Research Institute. She is a member of the Federal Communications Commissions’ Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment. Dr. Wilson is a 2019 TEDx Speaker (e.g. Stop Ignoring Black Women and Hear of Our Tech Prophecies). She is a Board Member of the State of Tennessee’s Future of Work Taskforce and Co-Chairs Nashville’s smart city plan, Connected Nashville. Given her tech activism and organizing Nashville's first Tech Inclusion Conference, she is a 2017 recipient of the International Society for Technology in Education Digital Equity Award. Recently, Dr. Wilson was recently appointed to Google's Education Equity Board and has been named by Venture Beat as the modern day Fannie Lou Hamer for tech equity. Dr. Wilson’s research on first generation black college students’ alternative tech pathways and tech ecosystems has garnered notable research grants from Kapor Center for Social Impact & Kauffman Foundation. Dr. Wilson chairs the Tennessee Higher Education Commission's HBCU Success Board. She has written countless opinion pieces for the Tennessean, Venture Beat, Dr. Wilson has a BA from Spelman College and MA/PhD from the University of Chicago. As a public interest technologist, she discusses race, gender, faith, and civic tech issues. She is on twitter @SistahWilson