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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Friday, October 12 • 7:45am - 9:45am
Welcome from the Mayor & Keynote Breakfast

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Blacks in Tech will kickoff the 2nd day with an exclusive welcome from the Mayor of St. Paul, Melvin Carter. Followed by networking and a delicious buffet breakfast at the Intercontinental Hotel, attendees will have an opportunity to hear from Keynote, Saron Yitbarek, Founder of Code Newbie.

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Melvin Carter

Mayor, City of St. Paul
Melvin Carter is a fourth-generation Saint Paul resident, Saint Paul public school graduate, former Saint Paul City Councilmember, father, and Saint Paul’s Mayor.Carter grew up in the Rondo neighborhood as the son of one of Saint Paul’s first black police officers, and a teacher... Read More →
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Christopher Lafayette

Emergent Technologist, The Armada
Christopher Lafayette is an Emergent Technologist in medtech, virtual & augmented reality, ai, climate and applied sciences. He is a Silicon Valley national and international speaker. Thought Leader. Culture & Inclusion Advocate.
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Toquon tha MC

Toquon Tha MC is known for being a Hype man, Host and an extremely talented rapper. “GOT LUV” was the first single he released independently in 2005 with he's group Soul Elevation. His album “Luv, Peace & Soul Elevation” created a buzz in the Hip Hop community promoting... Read More →
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Jessica Williams

Host, Founder & CEO, True Colors Marketing Firm
Instagram: @missjessicawilliamsJessica is a Host, Speaker and Entrepreneur, with 10 years of media and marketing experience. She is the Founder & CEO of True Colors Marketing Firm in Los Angeles for 6 years, where she helps entrepreneurs and small businesses thrive using branding... Read More →
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Saron Yitbarek

Founder, CodeNewbie
Saron Yitbarek is a developer and the founder of CodeNewbie, the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code.Ms. Yitbarek interviews incredible people in tech on the CodeNewbie Podcast (new episodes every Monday. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 7:45am - 9:45am CDT
Intercontinental Hotel