Clayton Banks is the Co-Founder of Silicon Harlem whose mission is to transform Harlem and other urban markets into innovation and technology hubs. Under his leadership, Silicon Harlem has been able to partner with the Department of Education for New York City to establish an after school STEM based startup accelerator, collaborate with the NYC Mayor’s office to assess wireless broadband in upper Manhattan, and coordinate a virtual startup incubator for tech based entrepreneurs. Banks has established and produces the only comprehensive technology conference in Harlem, which focuses on next generation internet and its impact on urban markets’ economic development.
Banks has been a pioneer in the cable and communications industry for over two decades. Known as a pragmatic visionary, he has worked with former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, to publish a unique college guide series called, “The Key”, that targets underserved communities and features Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Intuitions. Banks has also developed and deployed leading edge technology for network cloud, gaming consoles, social media, augmented reality, interactive TV tablets, mobile apps, and over 400 interactive properties.