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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…
Thursday, October 11 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Techquity 180 Pitch Competition

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On Thursday Blacks in Tech will host Techquity 180, a 3-minute pitch competition for startup entrepreneurs. Founders will pitch their business idea to a panel of expert investors and business moguls for a chance to win over $10K in cash and prizes. Interested in pitching your business? Visit bitcon2018.com/pitchcompetition

Moderators
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Candice Matthews

Hillman Accelerator

Speakers
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McKeever Conwell

Fund Manager, TEDCO
Mckeever E. (Mac) Conwell, 2nd, is a Baltimore native and attended Morgan State University, majoring in Computer Science. In 2006 at the age of 19 he joined a co-op program with the Department of Defense where he achieved Top Secret Security Clearance. He went on to become a government... Read More →
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Tanessa Greene

Manager of Small Business Procurement Strategy, Hennepin County Purchasing and Contract Services
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Ron Guerrier

CIO, Express Scripts
Ron Guerrier joined Express Scripts in April 2018 as senior vice president & chief information officer. In this senior leadership position, Ron is responsible for leading all aspects of Express Scripts’ technology organization. He manages overall information technology strategy... Read More →
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Shawntera Hardy

Commissioner, State of MN, DEED
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Rodney Marable

Senior Technical Account Manager, Amazon Web Services
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Sam Ndely

Business Consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association
I am passionate about Entrepreneurship, Technology, and creating spaces where People of Color can strive in both! Let's connect!
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Stacyann Russell

Innovation Consultant, USC NSF Innovation
I am an innovation enthusiast and passionate about bridging the gap between engineering and entrepreneurship. As an engineer, I worked to design, manufacture, and imrove the production of complex systems in the nuclear, energy, and radar communication spaces. Now as a consultant... Read More →

Sponsors
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Kylar.io

Kylar.io - a technology platform for communities & businesses. Our mission is to teach students worldwide, the fundamental skills and professional experiences that create careers in STEAM. 



Thursday October 11, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Target Plaza Commons 1001 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403

Attendees (65)