From Wax Digital Magazine by Melina Gills
Could the new Palo Alto be steps from the Apollo? Since the turn of the 20th century, Harlem has been a mecca for innovations in music, literature, and fashion, not to mention social and political activism; it now looks to add digital technology to the list of fields in which it has broken ground. Silicon Harlem, a for-profit venture with a deep social commitment, has taken major steps to making this aspiration a reality.
Silicon Harlem was formed in 2013 with the ambition to transform Harlem into a tech-forward business destination and center for educational training in the latest digital platforms, machinery, and software. Its CEO and co-founder, Clayton Banks, has been collaborating with local businesses, politicians, and cultural centers to rebrand the historic Manhattan neighborhood as a focal point for technological innovation and entrepreneurship.