The Institute of Black Invention & Technology

The Institute of Black Invention & Technology TIBIT’s traveling museum programs and resources are designed to help bridge the gap in America’s history by informing and making you aware of the contributions of African American inventors and innovators.
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“Freddie Figgers, founder of Figgers Health Systems, has released a one of a kind SMART glucose meter that allows for re...
01/24/2020
BLACK-OWNED TECH COMPANY INVENTS REVOLUTIONARY DEVICE TO HELP MANAGE DIABETES | Chicago Defender

“Freddie Figgers, founder of Figgers Health Systems, has released a one of a kind SMART glucose meter that allows for real-time accountability and monitoring with just one simple touch. Compatible with iOS/iPhone and Android systems, this FDA Approved and Patent Pending device gathers information from test results and immediately uploads to the EHR (Electronic Health Records) for real-time, patient centered records (making information available instantaneously and securely to authorized users). This device, is the most accurate glucose meter on the market today! The entire unit with strips can be purchased directly from the company’s website at FiggersHealth.com or ordered through his/her primary care physician.”

https://chicagodefender.com/black-owned-tech-company-invents-revolutionary-device-to-help-manage-diabetes/

Figgers Health Releases Its SMART Gluco 2 Wireless Monitoring System With Bluetooth Miami, Fla. — Freddie Figgers, founder of Figgers Health Systems, has released a one of a kind SMART glucose meter that allows for real-time accountability and monitoring with just one simple touch. Compatible with...

Latoya Nicole is a best selling author and creator of Entrepreneurs Color Too which is a coloring book series that gives...
01/23/2020
HBCU Grad Returns with First Ever Adult Coloring Book Celebrating Black Colleges

Latoya Nicole is a best selling author and creator of Entrepreneurs Color Too which is a coloring book series that gives women of color a new method to relieve stress on the go, at the office, or even at home! “Alma mater” is her most recent release in this series and it highlights the Black College Experience including its education, diversity and culture. The illustrations are inspired by beautiful black women and range from Greek life and the Royal Court to STEM and science labs. It even includes activities that test your HBCU knowledge.

https://www.charlestonchronicle.net/2019/04/08/hbcu-grad-returns-with-first-ever-adult-coloring-book-celebrating-black-colleges/

HBCU Grad Returns with First Ever Adult Coloring Book Celebrating Black Colleges By The Charleston Chronicle | April 8, 2019 | 0 Latoya Nicole, bestselling author and owner of Entrepreneurs Color Too is back with the release of her newest edition “Alma Mater” and it’s just in time for graduati...

The First African-American Piano Manufacturer
12/31/2019
The First African-American Piano Manufacturer

The First African-American Piano Manufacturer

Like his father, Warren Shadd was a jazz musician and a piano technician. Then he decided to build a prototype instrument, went to a gospel music convention, and suddenly had more than 1,000 buyers.

Baby Found in Dumpster Grows up to Be Tech CEO Worth $62 Million
12/14/2019
Baby Found in Dumpster Grows up to Be Tech CEO Worth $62 Million

Baby Found in Dumpster Grows up to Be Tech CEO Worth $62 Million

“That could be me on the streets—I could have been homeless or dead if I hadn’t been found by the dumpster after I was born." Abandoned by a dumpster, Freddie Figgers has defied the odds in more ways than one.

At the age of 6, Joshua Beckford, who is living with high-functioning autism, became the youngest person to ever attend ...
12/06/2019
6-Year Old Autistic Boy Was the Youngest Person to Ever Attend Oxford University

At the age of 6, Joshua Beckford, who is living with high-functioning autism, became the youngest person to ever attend the prestigious Oxford University in England!

Now 13-years old, Beckford is ready to take on more challenges as he sets his sights to be a neurosurgeon and save the earth someday. 😊

https://www.blacknews.com/news/joshua-beckford-6-year-old-autistic-boy-youngest-to-attend-oxford-university/

At the age of 6, Joshua Beckford, who is living with high-functioning autism, became the youngest person to ever attend the prestigious Oxford University. Now 13-years old, Beckford is ready to take

Beans & Cornbread, a Detroit-based soul food restaurant, will serve up African-American facts for Black History Month.Th...
12/03/2019
Soul Food Bistro Is Teaching Black History With 'Shoebox Lunches'

Beans & Cornbread, a Detroit-based soul food restaurant, will serve up African-American facts for Black History Month.

The “shoebox lunches” consist of southern fried chicken in decorative cardboard boxes featuring facts about prominent Black figures or history. They are modeled after the boxes African-Americans used to store food while traveling in the segregated South. During the Jim Crow era, many people of color prepared and packed meals because they were refused service at White-only establishments.

https://www.ebony.com/news/race-culture/soul-food-bistro-black-history-shoebox-lunches/

Detroit diners can get facts about prominient Black figures when enjoying shoebox lunches at Beans & Cornbread during Black History Month.

Gabrielle “Gabby” Goodwin, founder and CEO of GaBBY Bows, has been working diligently at perfecting her products, buildi...
12/03/2019
12-Year-Old Gabrielle Goodwin Lands A Mega-Retail Deal with Target - Black Enterprise

Gabrielle “Gabby” Goodwin, founder and CEO of GaBBY Bows, has been working diligently at perfecting her products, building a brand, and being a student since the age of 7. And now, at just 12 years old, her products can be found on the shelves in 74 Target stores throughout the country!

https://www.blackenterprise.com/12-year-old-entrepreneur-gabrielle-goodwin-gabby-target/

Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Goodwin, the founder and CEO of GaBBY Bows, has been working diligently at perfecting her products, which can be found in 74 Target stores

Taylor Baloney, founder of tech startup, Find My Everything, has released a GPS app titled “Gotcha.” “Gotcha” is a GPS t...
12/02/2019
Taylor Baloney's 'Gotcha' Helps You 'Find My Everything' with Her GPS Tracker - Black Enterprise

Taylor Baloney, founder of tech startup, Find My Everything, has released a GPS app titled “Gotcha.”
“Gotcha” is a GPS tracking device that allows you to find all of your missing items!

https://www.blackenterprise.com/taylor-baloneys-gotcha-helps-you-find-my-everything-with-her-gps-tracker/

Taylor Baloney, founder of tech startup, Find My Everything, has released a GPS app titled "Gotcha." “Gotcha” is a GPS tracking device that allows you to find all of your missing items. You can connect the device to anything including a handbag, backpack, laptop, pet, or person. It is the perfec...

You might remember Mikaila from when she was 10 years old on Shark Tank. She walked off Shark Tank with a $60,000 invest...
12/01/2019
Teen Entrepreneur Celebrates 10 Years in Business, Lemonade Distribution in 1,500 Supermarkets - Black Enterprise

You might remember Mikaila from when she was 10 years old on Shark Tank.

She walked off Shark Tank with a $60,000 investment and Daymond John as a mentor.

Now 15, she’s sitting atop a growing beverage company and proven herself as a social entrepreneur. The Austin, Texas, native founded BeeSweet Lemonade, now Me & The Bees, when she was just 4 years old after being stung—twice. A portion of her sales goes to organizations that support honey bee populations. And she’s started a nonprofit, The Healthy Hive Foundation, to save the bees through research, education, and protection.

https://www.blackenterprise.com/teen-entrepreneur-mikaila-ulmer/

Teen entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer started a business that went from a single lemonade stand to the the shelves of 1,500 supermarkets across the country

Former Johnson Publishing Company executives Cheryl Mayberry McKissack and Desiree Rogers have joined forces to acquire ...
11/30/2019
Black Women Entrepreneurs Acquire Fashion Fair Cosmetics

Former Johnson Publishing Company executives Cheryl Mayberry McKissack and Desiree Rogers have joined forces to acquire the Fashion Fair beauty line.

The cosmetics brand, which was created by Eunice W. Johnson, launched 46 years ago and grew to become one of the most successful Black-owned beauty companies in the world. Fashion Fair—one of the first cosmetics lines created for women of color—amassed $56 million at the height of its existence.

The women will revive the brand through a community-focused capsule collection. They want to introduce the brand to a new generation while staying true to Fashion Fair’s rich cultural legacy.

https://newsone.com/3894810/desiree-rogers-cheryl-mayberry-mckissack-acquire-fashion-fair-beauty/

Former Johnson Publishing Company executives Desiree Rogers and Cheryl Mayberry McKissack have purchased the iconic Fashion Fair beauty brand.

Kidz Biz is a children’s book series created by Houston-based author and entrepreneur, Gwen Richardson. The objective of...
11/29/2019
Kidz Biz Book Series Plants Seed of Entrepreneurship in the Next Generation

Kidz Biz is a children’s book series created by Houston-based author and entrepreneur, Gwen Richardson. The objective of the series is to plant the seed of entrepreneurship early and watch it grow in the next generation! The books are designed for ages 5 to 8 and make great gifts.

https://theblackwallsttimes.com/2019/11/21/kidz-biz-book-series-plants-seed-of-entrepreneurship-in-the-next-generation/

Three neighborhood kids develop witty business ideas to earn money for fun toys, trips, projects, and prizes.

“Cognizant of the lack of support for restaurants owned by African Americans in Philadelphia, they were determined to de...
11/21/2019
Twins Launch Philadelphia’s First Black-Owned Delivery Service

“Cognizant of the lack of support for restaurants owned by African Americans in Philadelphia, they were determined to develop a platform that would aid the establishments in growing their digital presence and connect them to more customers. The brother-duo wanted to create a tool that would empower consumers to put action behind talking about the importance of supporting Black-owned businesses.”

Definitely click on the article to read more about these young men!

https://newsone.com/3884619/aaron-and-david-cabello-black-and-mobile/

Two brothers launched Philadelphia’s first Black-owned delivery service.

Sydney-Marie Flowers, 16,  is now on track to complete her private pilot’s license this school year after earning her st...
11/20/2019
16-Year-Old Sydney-Marie Flowers Receives Her Pilot’s Certificate Before Getting A Driver’s License

Sydney-Marie Flowers, 16, is now on track to complete her private pilot’s license this school year after earning her student certificate this summer, and she doesn’t even have a driver’s license yet!

She took that first solo flight in Tuskegee, Alabama, on the same field where the famed Tuskegee airman trained in World War II. She got there after attending a local aviation camp where she was named top student. Flowers was then picked to attend a national camp in Tuskegee, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force. 👏🏾

https://theblackdetour.com/16-year-old-sydney-marie-flowers-receives-her-pilots-certificate/

Sydney-Marie Flowers is on track to complete her private pilot's license this school year after already earning her student certificate this past summer WKYC reports. Sydney-Marie completed her first solo flight in Tuskegee, Alabama on the field

Great program for young men in Kansas City!
11/04/2019

Great program for young men in Kansas City!

12-Year-Old Lands Deal To Sell Her Hair Barrettes In Target
10/31/2019
12-Year-Old Lands Deal To Sell Her Hair Barrettes In Target

12-Year-Old Lands Deal To Sell Her Hair Barrettes In Target

This little girl is living her best life! According to Black Enterprise, 12-year-old Gabrielle Goodwin just inked a major deal to sell her product, GaBBy Bows, in 74 Target stores across the country. We first reported about Goodwin back in January when she and her mom, Rozalynn Goodwin, expounded up...

14 year old Tony Hansberry II has come up with a surgical technique that may help surgeons reduce the risk of complicati...
10/20/2019
Future Doctor Tony Hansberry II: At 14 He Invented A New Surgical Technique

14 year old Tony Hansberry II has come up with a surgical technique that may help surgeons reduce the risk of complications when performing surgical operations.

“Tony’s technique, called the “Hansberry Stitch” improved how the top of the vagina (the vaginal cuff) is sutured after a hysterectomy which can reduce surgery time, pain and complications for the 600,000 women annually. In fact, his new technique will allow surgeons to complete their operations by stitching the patients back up after having a hysterectomy in one third of the time that it would normally take them. Physicians at The University of Florida invited Tony to present his project alongside theirs during a medical education event and to teach the others his technique.”

https://blackdoctor.org/515099/future-doctor-tony-hansberry-ii-at-14-he-invented-a-new-surgical-technique/

As a freshman at the Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School of Medical Arts, in Jacksonville, Florida, Tony Hansberry II had already come up with a surgical technique that may help surgeons reduce the …

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The Institute of Black Invention & Technology, Inc. (TIBIT) is a 501©3 non-profit organization that brings a traveling exhibit to you. TIBIT is the only traveling museum in the country that solely educates audiences about African American inventors and innovators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math, displaying only original or reproduced artifacts.

Founded by Carroll & Sandra Lamb in 2005, the TIBIT traveling museum has exhibited in five regions of the U.S., colleges/universities, private, charter & public K-12 schools, conferences, museums, libraries, corporations, festivals, living rooms, senior living facilities and cultural events.

OUR MISSION is to research, collect, and preserve inventions and innovations from early African cultures through African American enslavement to the present.

OUR VISION is to inspire young people to broaden their career interests by focusing their potential to achieve in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

We seek our audiences through:

Colleges and universities Public school systems Public libraries Community centers Churches African American fraternities and sororities Social service and other community organizations

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