Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce Recruits Black Youth for Technology/Sports Challenge

SVBCC is a ‘PLAY 60, Play On’ Grant Winner!


SAN JOSE / SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CA – The Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce (SVBCC) / Center for Entrepreneurial Development is excited to announce that it is a PLAY 60, Play On grant winner! PLAY 60, Play On is an initiative of the Super Bowl 50 Legacy Fund, the NFL Foundation and guided by KaBoom! to help combat childhood obesity and to build creative and innovative neighborhood projects that will make balanced and active play more easily accessible so kids can thrive.

The generous support will enable the Chamber to host several PLAY 60, Play On challenge events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, designed to encourage creativity in solving problems and using active play and movement to be more physically fit.

In partnership with local non-profit organizations and Silicon Valley businesses, kids of all ages, families and young adults are invited to participate in challenge events over the coming weeks.

Silicon Valley Black Youth Hack-a-Thon:
The first event is the Silicon Valley Black Youth Hack-a-Thon to take place January 16-31, 2016 at GSVlabs (425 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA). The event will bring together more than 150 talented African American youth and young adults, ages 16 to 24, from Bay Area high schools, colleges, clubs and companies for an opportunity to compete in a technology challenge. Hack-a-Thon participants can compete for cash prizes, awards and scholarships. Young people who wish to be competitive “hackers” must complete the online registration form by January 14th.
IDEAS IN MOTION – PLAY 60, Play On Challenges:
January 16, 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Library in San Jose
January 23, 2016 UC Berkeley, Upper Sproul Plaza
January 31, 2016 East Palo Alto YMCA

For more information about the PLAY 60, Play On challenge events, visit the Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce website at

The Chamber’s events are inspired by the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee’s challenge to local nonprofits to share with the world the unique neighborhoods, culture, activities and spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. More than 400 youth from around the San Francisco Bay Area will participate in the SVBCC challenge events.

The Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Bay Area Tutoring Association, Rocket Fuel Inc., City of San Jose, City of East Palo Alto and UC Berkeley. The events bring together an all-star list of national sponsors including Black Enterprise, AT&T, Intel Corporation, UNCF and #YESWECODE. The Chamber has also garnered pledges of support and collaboration from other Northern California Black Chambers of Commerce and local organizations supporting youth including Street Code Academy, California Alliance of African American Educators, Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators, National Black MBA Association, Jack and Jill of America and

Carl Davis Jr., President of Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce states, “The employer diversity data in the technology sector is a clear indicator of the opportunities ahead. The current generation of youth and young adults of African descent will direct a significant portion of the cultural landscape of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. It is our duty to find innovative ways to prepare them for 2020 and beyond.”

About The Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce (SVBCC):
The mission of the Silicon Black Chamber of Commerce is to create, identify and/or expand economic development opportunities for African Americans and minorities in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. SVBCC is an integral part of the economic development fiber of our community. When we speak of economic empowerment, we focus on entrepreneurship, employment and education.