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The Inaugural Blacks in Technology Conference, instantly tagged as BITCON2018, is a 3-day interactive platform for professionals, entrepreneurs, influencers, subject matter experts, students, and thought leaders who share a common goal... increasing the visibility and representation of black men and women in the tech industry.  As we seek to further our mission of establishing a practice of world class excellence, BIT has crafted a stimulating and engaging program that intertwines and encompasses the Twin Cities educational, business, political and tech communities. Utilizing forums such as tech exhibits, career fairs, pitch competitions, networking parties, city innovation tours, lightning talks, and panel discussions, BIT invites you to redefine your career in tech…

Featured Speakers

avatar for Kim Crayton

Kim Crayton

Kim Crayton LLC
Entrepreneur
avatar for Michael Greene

Michael Greene

Intel
Vice President, Software and Service Group & General Manager, System...
avatar for Ron Guerrier

Ron Guerrier

Express Scripts
CIO
avatar for Christopher Lafayette

Christopher Lafayette

The Armada
Founder | Extended Reality Architect | Tech Hub Builder
avatar for Sharon Vickers

Sharon Vickers

City of Saint Paul
CIO City of Saint Paul
avatar for Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams

True Colors Marketing Firm
Founder and CEO
avatar for Hubert Joly

Hubert Joly

Best Buy
CEO
avatar for Saron Yitbarek

Saron Yitbarek

CodeNewbie
Founder
avatar for Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter

City of St. Paul
Mayor
avatar for Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle

Entertainer | Entrepreneur

Speakers

avatar for Sampson Abrahams

Sampson Abrahams

Best Buy
IT Manager, Infrastructure Collaboration Services
avatar for Babatope Adedayo

Babatope Adedayo

State of MN: Office of Equity and Procurement
Vendor Specialist
AA

Afroza Ahmed

Thrivent
IT Director, Enterprise Data Services
TA

Tony Albright

MN House of Representatives
MN State Representative
avatar for Gilliane Arens

Gilliane Arens

Travelers Insurance
Senior Communications Specialist
avatar for Jared Arms

Jared Arms

Kylar.io
Founder and CEO
avatar for Alex Bernardin

Alex Bernardin

Scribd
Head of Project Management
avatar for Clarence Bethea

Clarence Bethea

Upsie
Founder
avatar for Christian Bishop

Christian Bishop

GG Media Network
CEO
avatar for Jeffrey Bissoy

Jeffrey Bissoy

Minnesota Public Radio
Host of Maintainin'
FB

Fredrick Blocton

UpNet Technologies
President
avatar for Derris Boomer

Derris Boomer

BoomerTechnologyGroup.com
CEO
JB

Jason Bruce

Best Buy
Senior Diversity Recruiter
avatar for Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan

Accenture/Avanade
Microsoft MVP, Group Manager - Cloud Transformation/DevOps
avatar for Ronda Burke

Ronda Burke

Jet Fuel Tech/ NBA Mom & Dads
VP Lady JetFuel Techs
avatar for Tyrre Burks

Tyrre Burks

Player's Health
CEO
avatar for Joseph Caddell

Joseph Caddell

Method Studios
CG Generalist / Lighting Artist
avatar for Aaron Call

Aaron Call

State of MN
CISO
avatar for Rosalind Chevreuil

Rosalind Chevreuil

Best Buy
Senior VP, Human Resources
avatar for McKeever Conwell

McKeever Conwell

TEDCO
Fund Manager
avatar for Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

State of MN: Office of Equity & Procurement
Procurement Specialist
avatar for Elizabeth Cotton

Elizabeth Cotton

Blacks in Technology
National Director of Strategic Partnerships
avatar for Ryan Cromwell

Ryan Cromwell

Sparkbox
Technical Director
avatar for Jordan Curry

Jordan Curry

Google
Diversity Specialist
avatar for Nayshawn Danner

Nayshawn Danner

Nerdery
Principal Software Engineer
avatar for Alice Davis

Alice Davis

State of MN: Office of Equity in Procurement
Assistant Commissioner
avatar for Mondo Davison

Mondo Davison

The Black Tech Guy
Startup Founder
avatar for Semirah Dolan

Semirah Dolan

Roper
Cofounder
avatar for Dr. Kai Dupe

Dr. Kai Dupe

Dupe Research
Owner
avatar for Sarah Engstrom

Sarah Engstrom

CHS, Inc.
CISO & VP IT Security, Productivity & Privacy
avatar for Sam Erskine

Sam Erskine

Large Global Organization
Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft MVP
avatar for Mandy French

Mandy French

Best Buy
Sr. Manager of Technology Operations
avatar for Tanessa Greene

Tanessa Greene

Hennepin County Purchasing and Contract Services
Manager of Small Business Procurement Strategy
avatar for Greg Greenlee

Greg Greenlee

Blacks in Technology Foundation
Founder
avatar for Janeya Griffin

Janeya Griffin

Federal Laboratory Consortium
Executive Board Member
avatar for Shawntera Hardy

Shawntera Hardy

State of MN, DEED
Commissioner
AH

Alecia Hodges

Best Buy
Associate Digital Engineer
avatar for Genma Stringer Holmes

Genma Stringer Holmes

GSH Media
Owner
avatar for Aneela Idnani

Aneela Idnani

Habitaware
President, Marketing Director
avatar for Perry Jeter II

Perry Jeter II

JetFuel Tech, Inc.
CEO
MJ

Michael Jackson

The Premium Experience
Founder
avatar for Michael Jenkins

Michael Jenkins

Blacks in Technology
Executive Editor
avatar for Jonathan Jennings

Jonathan Jennings

RelayCars
Software Engineer
avatar for Tiffany Johnson

Tiffany Johnson

InColor Magazine
Creator, Editor-in-Chief
avatar for James Jones

James Jones

Spark DJ
Co-Founder
avatar for Robert Jones

Robert Jones

Medtronic
Associate Technical User Support Analyst
avatar for Odest Riley Jr.

Odest Riley Jr.

WLM Financial
CEO
avatar for Erica Kairis

Erica Kairis

Thomson Reuters
Community Relations/ Diversity & Inclusion Lead
avatar for Faisal Kaleem

Faisal Kaleem

MN Cyber
Executive Director
avatar for Shema Kalisa

Shema Kalisa

Buzzfeed Media Brands
Associate Project Manager
avatar for Tracie Karsjens

Tracie Karsjens

Granicus
Software Engineering Manager
avatar for Andrew Kelley

Andrew Kelley

Bell Creek Partners
CEO
avatar for Nikki Kemp

Nikki Kemp

Walmart
Program Manager
avatar for Songe LaRon

Songe LaRon

Squire
CEO
avatar for Matthew Laud

Matthew Laud

UnitedHealth Group
Enterprise Sourcing & Procurement IT Director
avatar for Jeanette Lewis

Jeanette Lewis

ROI Communications
Director
avatar for Mimi Li

Mimi Li

Amazon
Head of Twitch Prime Business Intelligence
avatar for Rodney Marable

Rodney Marable

Amazon Web Services
Senior Technical Account Manager
avatar for Candice Matthews

Candice Matthews

Hillman Accelerator
avatar for Austin McDowell

Austin McDowell

Pastel Brands
SR. Technology Architect, Founder
avatar for Katie McGonigal

Katie McGonigal

Scribd
Head of Talent
avatar for Henry Anthony McKelvey

Henry Anthony McKelvey

University of the Potomac
Adjunct Professor
avatar for Yannick Miaffo

Yannick Miaffo

Entrust Datacard
Director, Automation Engineering
avatar for Sam Ndely

Sam Ndely

Metropolitan Economic Development Association
Business Consultant
avatar for Dario Otero

Dario Otero

Youth Lens 360º
CEO
avatar for Mark Phillip

Mark Phillip

Are You Watching This?!
CEO/Founder
avatar for Alexis Rice

Alexis Rice

YouTube
Strategic Partner Manager
avatar for Rod Robinson

Rod Robinson

ConnXus
CEO
avatar for William Roddy

William Roddy

Osiris Organization
Co-Founder & Executive Director
avatar for Stacyann Russell

Stacyann Russell

USC NSF Innovation
Innovation Consultant
avatar for Carlos Rymer

Carlos Rymer

The New York Times
Engineering Manager
AS

Adam Sand

Best Buy
VP, Digital Product Management and Engineering
avatar for Kwame Sarpong

Kwame Sarpong

Best Buy
IT Product Director
avatar for Dennis Schultz

Dennis Schultz

Dark Hive, LLC.
Co-Founder & CEO
avatar for Ayori Selassie

Ayori Selassie

Salesforce Einstein
Product Marketing Manager, Founder of Selfpreneur
avatar for Adam Simpson

Adam Simpson

Sparkbox
Web Developer
avatar for Antoinette Smith

Antoinette Smith

RawaySmith
Owner
avatar for Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith

Express Scripts
Snr Director of Experience Research & Accessibility
avatar for Jay Smith

Jay Smith

Google
Cloud Customer Engineer 云客户工程师
avatar for Yolonda Smith

Yolonda Smith

Target Corporation
Lead Infosec Analyst, BISO-Digital/Marketing
avatar for Todd Soller

Todd Soller

Best Buy
SVP/Chief Information Officer
avatar for Jote Taddesse

Jote Taddesse

Medtronic
Sr. IT Advisor
BT

Ben Taylor

Thomson Reuters
avatar for John Taylor

John Taylor

Medtronic
Director, Supplier Diversity
avatar for Jaia Thomas

Jaia Thomas

Law Offices of Jaia Thomas
Sports + Entertainment + IP Attorney
avatar for Neil Thompson

Neil Thompson

Teach the Geek
Founder
avatar for Marie-Antoinette Tichler

Marie-Antoinette Tichler

C2Legacy Technologies
CEO & Founder
avatar for Karen Tobler

Karen Tobler

Target Corporation
Supplier Diversity Lead
avatar for Kanika Tolver

Kanika Tolver

Career Rehab
Founder & CEO
avatar for Andrea Wood

Andrea Wood

Best Buy
Head of Social Impact
avatar for Chasity Lourde Wright

Chasity Lourde Wright

WrightTek Solutions
CEO & Founder