Two Minneapolis teens will have their PopSockets designs sold at Best Buy as part of the store’s Black History Month celebration.
The 18-year-olds, whose first names are Dredrick and Weslyn, both participate in the Hope Community Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Minneapolis, and were among the four winning designs in a collaboration between Best Buy and PopSockets, which makes removable grips for cellphones and other devices.
As part of the program, designers from PopSockets mentored teens to create their own designs.
The winning designs will be sold in Best Buy stores and on the store’s website. Half of the profits from the PopSockets sales will go toward Teen Tech Center programs.
The campaign is a chance to highlight young designers in an industry that is predominantly white, a Best Buy representative said in a release.
Dredrick’s design features a Black king and queen.
"I want my design to be empowering—focused on the future,” Dredrick told Best Buy.
Weslyn’s design is meant to celebrate Black minds in tech, she said.
“This has helped me see my worth, especially as an artist and a creator. And I’m grateful for the opportunity,” Weslyn, who is now a freshman at Howard University, said in a statement. “With my art, I want to inspire younger girls who look like me to know that they can do what I do.”