Delegates

OVERVIEW

CITY TO CITY THE BLACK TECH ECOSYSTEM (BTE) IS BOOMING ON A GLOBAL SCALE. 

Black communities are bridging the digital divide in the tech space and redefining how we advance. With that success comes an even stronger network of BTE builders, academics, researchers, media technologists, civic developers, policy experts, and more. Our SBTE Delegate cohort is comprised of socially conscious leaders who amongst many other things, value the democratization of tech, data-driven action, and defining the future of our community.

In addition to all other experiences in the summit–ACE talks, social mixers–our delegates will be participating in interactive Co-lab sessions that explore subject matter concerning building Black Tech Ecosystems. These sessions are closed off and only available to our delegates–giving us an opportunity to zero in on a community of leaders whose efforts advocate for a better equipped, stronger Black tech community.

SBTE18 CO-LAB SESSIONS

UNDERSTANDING THE BLACK TECH ECOSYSTEM

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

10:30 AM

This session will provide a better understanding of the BTE landscape and where one can plug in for maximum impact.

FABIAN ELLIOTT

Co-founder & CEO, Black Tech Mecca

DR. FALLON WILSON

Research Director, Black Tech Mecca

BUILDING SUSTAINABLE ACADEMIC, CORPORATE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP MODELS

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

2:00 PM

Three leaders will discuss academic, corporate, and entrepreneurship impact models and lessons to provide BTE leaders with the tools and perspectives needed to build their organization’s infrastructure.

MARYANNE HOWLAND

Founder & CEO, Global Diversity Leadership Exchange

DOMINICK ARD’IS

Founder, ACT House

PAUL JOHNSON 

Founder & CEO, Computer Training Institute of Chicago

LEVERAGING POLICY TO BUILD THE BTE

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

2:00 PM

A conversation with policy experts and advocates to provide perspective on the role policy plays in developing Black Tech Ecosystems.

ANTONIO WILLIAMS

Senior Director of Government and External Affairs, Comcast

JURNELL COCKHREN

Founder, Sophicware

AYORI SELASSIE

Product Marketing Manager

Salesforce Einstein (AI for CRM)

ENGAGING FOUNDATIONS, CORPORATIONS, AND GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

10:30 AM

A resource-driven conversation that will provide BTE leaders with information on how to go about building relationships to help fund their initiatives.

DR. ATYIA MARTIN

CEO & Founder of All Aces, Inc.

 

JOE HIGGINS

Director, External Affairs, Comcast Corportation

 

JANEYA GRIFFIN

Technology Transfer Specialist,  NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

 

PATRICIA TOMCZSZYN

Inclusive Innovation Manager, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce

CRITICAL SOCIAL INNOVATION: LANGUAGE, LOGIC, AND LIBERATION

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

10:30 AM

This session will help attendees think and talk about social and technological innovation from a critical perspective. The session will highlight historical and contemporary scholarly works that have discussed Black invention, entrepreneurship, and innovation. The focus will be on providing theoretical tools and frameworks for effective ecosystem development and evaluation.

ZITHRI SALEEM

Researcher and Consultant

RETHINKING SPACES

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

2:00 PM

An intimate talk with dope leaders about their journeys realizing physical spaces to build community and provide environments for Black founders and creatives to test and realize their ideas.

FELECIA HATCHER

Co-founder of Black Tech Week & Code Fever Miami

DERICK PEARSON

Co-founder of Black Tech Week & Code Fever Miami

CULTIVATING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

2:00 PM

Ecosystem building involves an incredible amount of relationship building.  This session will be focused on the informal relationships our Black Tech leaders should be building at the micro level to develop their initiatives and local ecosystems. Some of these involve local school districts, mayors office, local HBCUs, and faith communities to name a few.

CHAD WOMACK

Senior Director of STEM initiatives, UNCF

 

HOW TO BECOME A DELEGATE

The SBTE Delegate Experience is by invitation only and attendance is limited due to space limitations. If you are interested in becoming a delegate, please sign up below and you will be notified once your application has been reviewed and accepted.

Please note that if we’re unable to accept your application, we still have exciting activities for you to engage in during the summit. From our talent showcase and ACE talks to our social mixers and closing party, we’ve created experiences for you to meet new people and connect to new opportunities while having a great time.

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