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…
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Saturday, October 13 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Building a Stong Project Team

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In a world where tech leadership is simply portrayed by popular media as visionary and innovative, what does it actually take to lead tech teams? In this talk, I will share what are some of the qualities and focus areas of good tech leaders who drive organizations to produce positive outcomes.

In this talk, I will highlight the complexity of leadership in today’s demanding and competitive tech landscape, the importance of lifelong learning to leadership, and what you can do as a leader to enable teams to perform and drive outcomes in brand perception, revenue, innovation, customer loyalty, and other KPIs.

Listeners will leave with an appreciation of the difficulty of managing in tech organizations, some key insights on how to become a better leader, and the importance of team alignment, culture, and norms to building great organizations.

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Carlos Rymer

Engineering Manager, The New York Times
I'm an Engineering Manager at The New York Times, where I focus on creating a strong team culture for high performance and building platform capabilities that enable the delivery of engaging journalism via messaging channels. I've worked across various tech stacks and work environments... Read More →

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Alex Bernardin

Head of Project Management, Scribd
Alex Bernardin was a Black in Technology before it was cool ! Coming out of school in the mid nineties when American Online was still mailing CDs, Alex jumped on the dot com wave at CNET in San Francisco. Through busts and booms, Alex has transitioned from managing code, to managing... Read More →
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Matthew Laud

Enterprise Sourcing & Procurement IT Director, UnitedHealth Group
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Kwame Sarpong

IT Product Director, Best Buy
Kwame has been at Best Buy since 2012. He leads technology delivery supporting the Mobile Business Unit with a unique value proposition of being able to serve Best Buy customer needs for mobile services irrespective of wireless carrier. He also manages other platforms critical for... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Best Buy HQ - Alaska 7601 Penn Avenue South Richfield, MN 55423