On Friday, June 3, 2016, Founder and Chief Operating Officer Robert L. Wallace of BITHGROUP Technologies received the Joseph Tyler Award from the National Technical Association in recognition for his lifelong contributions to expanding the opportunities of minorities and minority youth in the technology arena. Dr. Wallace also delivered the key note speech entitled "Technology Entrepreneurship: The Key to Power" which focused on informing youth how they can better prepare themselves to leverage technology and the entrepreneurial spirit to participate in the global economy. BITHGROUP actively works with minority youth annually through sponsoring internships to high school and collegiate students.
The National Technical Association, Inc. was established in 1926. Its purpose was to create a medium for expressing minority professional concerns for the lack of minority participation in the mainstream of architectural and engineering activity in America.
Today this goal has not changed, but has expanded to include a major concern for the participation of minority youth in meeting the challenge of modern technology. Also for youth who have dropped from the challenge, NTA encourages them to seek allied programs to suit their interest and needs.
NTA architectural, engineering and scientific membership volunteers its services nationally to assist public institutions in identifying potential minority technical talent. Public Institutions where the service is encouraged includes high schools, colleges and in the recent past, penal institutions. NTA has spent the ensuing years gaining nation attention through its programs of encouragement to students and professionals alike. The organization has enlarged its goals beyond just gaining economic recognition to include making minority youth aware of the opportunities being made available to them.