Every month we get together to build skills, promote or collaborate on projects, learn/teach, and be in positive community with other black designers. We also laugh a lot and when it's potluck time, we throw down. Check out the post below for a full description of the kinds of things we've done in the past.
All of our meetups from 2015-2018 were facilitated by BABD founder Kat Vellos. Starting in 2018, our meetup structure changed so that now the responsibility for running meetups is shared among BABD members with facilitation and venue partnership support provided by Kat as needed. 😊
Want to offer a presentation or be a guest speaker? Drop us a line.
Are you black designer in the Bay Area and wanna kick it with us? Join the meetup.
Nov 7: Abstract • Celebration at their new office and rooftop deck for complimentary drinks, music and networking while we celebrate people of African descent in tech before kicking off the AfroTech weekend (Hosted by BABD member Mathew Barnes)
Sep 19: Zoom • Job-seekers clarity call for members seeking new roles (Hosted by BABD founder Kat Vellos)
Sep 8: Oakstop • “Plan on Purpose” - Goal-setting workshop part 2 (Hosted by BABD member Kemi Amin)
Sep 6: IDEO.org • Overview of how their studio works, and the projects that have taken them around the world and allowed them to use design to help vulnerable communities. (Hosted by BABD founder Kat)
Jul 21: Oakstop • “Plan on Purpose” - Goal-setting workshop part 1 (Hosted by BABD member Kemi Amin)
Jun 30: Lake Merritt • 3-year Anniversary Cookout! 🌭🍔🍺 (Hosted by BABD member BooBoo Howse)
May 1: Pinterest • Fireside chat with SVP of Product Lawrence Ripsher (In partnership with Black Product Managers; Hosted by BABD member Shayanna Sims)
Apr 26: CoreOS • “Never the target demographic” discussion with designer Kara Gates (Hosted by BABD member BooBoo Howse)
Mar 13: Google SF • Fireside chat with VP of Product Bradley Horowitz and a behind the scenes look at developing Google Photos (In partnership with Black Product Managers; Hosted by BABD founder Kat Vellos)
Feb 27: Slack SF • Portfolio Review and Figma Demo (Hosted by BABD founder Kat Vellos)
Jan 18: Visit to Museum of African Diaspora