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 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Tech in Your Community

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Stomping the digital divide and filling the gaps within underserved communities can be challenging and reap tremendous rewards. A panel of community leaders will share insight on how their programs have impacted the lives of the surrounding community while creating a tech focused outlet.

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Kanika Tolver

Founder & CEO, Career Rehab
Kanika Tolver is no ordinary “social-preneur.” This former highly decorated government employee turned rebel entrepreneur and Certified Professional Coach is a serial innovator who’s fueled by an extraordinary commitment to social change and to helping others create their own... Read More →

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Jared Arms

Founder and CEO, Kylar.io
Born in St. Louis, MO, at the age of 23, Jared Arms founded the mobile startup Kylar.io, a technology platform for communities & businesses. Jared’s mission is to push mobile technologies to the limit and work with teams of talented engineers to design and build the next generation... Read More →
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Mondo Davison

Startup Founder, The Black Tech Guy
As 'The Black Tech Guy' my overarching mission is to inspire young black males to consider tech entrepreneurship as their 'plan A'. I'm betting on myself to create an authentic mainstream persona in the tech space that influences young minds at a rate comparable to athletes and entertainers... Read More →
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Dario Otero

CEO, Youth Lens 360º
Founder and CEO at Youth Lens 360. We provide superior visual communication and product marketing and branding services through the lens of youth ages 14-24. The Company utilizes a unique curriculum to train and support the technical and entrepreneurial skills of youth in our community.The... Read More →
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Andrea Wood

Head of Social Impact, Best Buy
Andrea Wood is the Head of Social Impact at Best Buy. In this role, she leads Best Buy’s social impact initiatives focused on helping teens from underserved areas prepare for the tech-reliant jobs of the future.Prior to coming to Best Buy, Andrea served in a similar role on the... Read More →

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Granicus provides technology that empowers government organizations to create better lives for the people they serve. By offering the industry’s leading cloud-based solutions for communications, meeting and agenda management, and digital services to more than 4,000 public sector... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Intercontinental Hotel - Governors Room 4 11 E Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55101