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30

2021 FELLOW FOCUS: JAKITA O. THOMAS + PHARAOH'S CONCLAVE

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What propelled you into the entrepreneurial space? And what do you enjoy most about being a founder?

The ability to impact youth and help them marry their passion and purpose to careers is what propelled me into the entrepreneurial space. I love being able to directly impact young people, and I love seeing where that impact takes them in terms of the amazing things they accomplish in their careers and their lives.

Tell me about an experience you had as an entrepreneur or in starting your company that exemplified one of Camelback's core values: "Belief in Mission + Vision"; "Unafraid of Failure"; "Constant Learner"; "Humble + Hungry"; and "Give First."

[Constant Learner] When COVID first appeared in the U.S. in late January/early February of 2020, we anticipated that it might last well past the summer of 2020. We envisioned what a 100% virtual summer camp experience might look like. We had no idea if it would actually work or if we'd fall on our faces, but spent a weekend assessing what that pivot might look like and even put up an MVP website to see if anyone would be interested in signing up. The following Monday, we got our first call from an executive director telling us that all of their face-to-face summer programming had been cancelled and asking if we had any 100% virtual offerings.

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Aug
19

How Dr. Jakita Thomas Is Reframing Esports Education For Underserved Communities

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Combining both her academic passions and her gaming background, Dr. Jakita Thomas is working to transform the future of esports.

Pharaoh's Conclave, a non-profit she started with her husband Erich, has set a goal of placing 500 Black and Brown youth in esports career opportunities over the next two years through a combination of "online skills-building platform, league, and our apprenticeship program," Thomas tells Hypepotamus."

To help reach that goal, Pharoah's Conclave was recently named as a recipient of Google for Startups Black Founder Fund.

As Pharoah's Conclave grows, Thomas answered our questions about the organization's origin and how building a more diverse esports workforce can help move the industry forward.

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Jul
08

Youth Esports League National Championship & Conference

Youth Esports League National Championship & Conference
PCX GO! was excited to present the Youth Esports League National Championship & Conference. This 2-day conference prepared youth for esports careers in the eSports and gaming industries by exposing the entry points to esports careers, introducing K-12 youth, their families, educators, and youth workers to the esports industry, and showcasing th...
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Jul
08

GAMeFi Podcast

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If you haven't yet, be sure to check out our new podcast, GAMeFi! The podcast where we talk all things gaming, art, music, esports, and film with the Black and Brown folks creating and innovating. Jerry Lawson Black History Round Table: Karen Lawson and Anderson Lawson. Dr Jakita Thomas and Erich Thomas of Pharaohs Conclave reminisce about how gami...
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Jul
08

Sponsor Spotlight: Black Collegiate Gaming Association

Black Collegiate Gaming Association
The Black Collegiate Gaming Association's purpose is to pivot black and women of color college students into the overall gaming industry, not only as consumers, but as contributors. They strive to build-up students that will be prepared to interview and become a part of the gaming industry both on the competitive and corporate level. They will aide...
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May
14

GAMeFi Podcast

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We're so excited to announce the launch of our podcast, GAMeFi! The podcast where we talk all things gaming, art, music, esports, and film with the Black and Brown folks creating and innovating. You can watch our first podcast below and be sure to stay tuned!
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Apr
07

Morris Brown College Wall Breaking Ceremony

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"Dr. Kevin James, president of Morris Brown College and video game company Pharaoh's Conclave, announced the Ronald Floyd Thomas Center for eSports and Innovation center during a "wall breaking" ceremony Tuesday. Both James and Pharaoh's Conclave owners, Erich and Jakita Thomas smashed a sledgehammer into the future center's wall to officially begi...
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Apr
01

102.6 The Situation Morning Show

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"We were so excited to be on 102.6 The Situation's Morning Show at Morris Brown College! It was an awesome experience to get to sit down and talk about our journey through gaming and how we have been working to pioneer esports education and prepare youth for esports careers. Take a minute to tune in and listen to learn all the exciting things PCX i...
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Mar
25

DoorDash Game Design Challenge

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The DoorDash Game Design Challenge is an opportunity for individuals to design a mobile game about some aspect of food (e.g., delivery, sustainability, nutrition, etc.). Now is your chance to win your share of $35,000.00 in scholarships and prizes. In addition to scholarships and prizes, winners in each division (Mini, Junior, Youth, and Minority S...
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Dec
10

Gamers Read Virtual .5K (500m) Walk/Run/Sprint

Gamers Read Virtual .5K (500m) Walk/Run/Sprint
Gamers Read Virtual .5k (500 m) Walk/Run/Sprint aimed to bring the gaming, cosplay, anime, and running communities and their families together to advocate for literacy, especially among youth in grades K-5. Literacy is a critical skill for success in society, and eSports careers such as game design & development, comic book creation, shoutcasti...
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Dec
10

Google Gives $2.35 Million To Black-Owned Tech Companies In Atlanta

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A total of 35 companies from the Georgia city were selected as recipients of the funds for their small businesses.  "Google is reportedly investing millions of dollars in Atlanta Black-owned businesses. ​ The tech giant has pledged to invest $2.35 million in tech startups in the city as part of its Black Founders ​ According to a press release...
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Dec
10

Pharaoh’s Conclave announced as Google for Startups Black Founders Fund recipient

Pharaoh’s Conclave announced as Google for Startups Black Founders Fund recipient
Pharaoh's Conclave received $100K from Google for Startups Black Founders Fund  "The summer was marked by the collision of the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest over racial injustice, prompting the creation of the $5 million Google for Startups Black Founders Fund . The tech giant has now announced the startup Black businesses that will be th...
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Dec
10

Tech Founders Donate $160K to Morris Brown for eSports

Tech Founders Donate $160K to Morris Brown for eSports
"It is imperative that we continue the work of creating opportunities that will allow our children to thrive in the generations to come," said PCX Co-Founder Erich Thomas. "Atlanta – Pharaoh's Conclave (PCX), Georgia's leading organization for diversity and inclusion in competitive video gaming, and the Thomas Family Fund are proud to announce a co...
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Jul
01

Level Up Your Game!

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LVL UP+ BREAKING INTO THE GAME INDUSTRY Level Up Your Game! We provide insight into how you can get into and work your way up in the gaming industry. With many stuck at home due to quarantine, now is the perfect time to use some of your free time to work toward your passions! Post Your Work on Discussion Boards If you're aspiring to be a part of th...
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Jun
24

Youth Esports League

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Compete. Build skills. Win Championships. If you're a gamer, come join our Youth Esports League. Teams will compete in local, regional, and national events. Practices and events are held at local eSports venues, such a 4o4 Esports, VS Realm ESports Arena, Gamers Xperience, and Johnson STEM Activity Center. Sign up today!
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Jun
17

PCX Announcements

PCX Announcements
PCX is excited to announce that we've been accepted into the Microsoft for Startups program! Microsoft for Startups is a founder-first program that delivers the technology, goto-market and community benefits needed to catalyze startup success. PCX GO! has been selected as a new Stadium Neighborhoods Community Trust Fund (the Trust) Grantee! This aw...
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Jun
10

LVL Up Academy

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Helping youth develop the skills they need to move from amateur to professional Taught by eSports industry experts, and brought to you by the connectors of the eSports ecosysstem (PCX), your child can explore the exciting and lucrative world of competitive video gaming (aka eSports). They can choose from Shout Casting, Comic Book design, or Game de...
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Jun
03

Georgia Uniquely Positioned for Future of Game Development in Wake of Esports, Gaming Explosion During COVID-19

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"As we confront the effects of COVID-19, the Georgia Department of Economic Development continues to work around the clock arming our partners with the resources they need to navigate these turbulent times. We're also maintaining our focus on unique growth opportunities with expanding industries to help ensure that the state remains well-positioned...
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Jun
02

COVID-19 Game Industry New Round-Up

COVID-19 Game Industry New Round-Up
DreamHack announced that, due to the ongoing health and safety concerns in the world, and the interest of the safety and health of our players and staff, DreamHack Masters has been rescheduled and will move to an online format to fulfill our promise of bringing the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) community the world's best CS:GO action. Dr...
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Jun
01

Camp LVL Up

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of Camp LVL Up this June! Camp LVL Up features virtual instruction and mentoring provided by eSports professionals and curricula grounded in active learning and project-based learning. K-12 youth will explore the exciting world of eSports for 8 weeks from June 1, 2020 through July 24, 2020. Camp LVL Up feature...
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