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


Automation - Know It Or Become Obsolete
Humans are prone to error and mistakes in a production environment can cause costly and unnecessary downtime. Empowering other members of the business to make a change by giving them a button to click instead of a series of scripts to run or steps to take, can save your business time, money and resources.

Automation helps to alleviate human error. But what is automation and why is it necessary in today's web scale world. This talk will touch on various aspects of automation including infrastructure creation , self service portals and the tooling to make it all happen. 

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Michael Jenkins

Executive Editor, Blacks in Technology
Michael Jenkins is a graduate of Iowa State University with BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering. Over the past 20 years, he has worked with a variety of technologies including integrated circuit design and infrastructure automation. Recently, Michael has worked to automate deployments... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Best Buy HQ - Challenge 7601 Penn Ave S Richfield, MN 55423


Think About Code, Not Servers: How to Develop a Serverless Application Using AWS Lambda
This workshop will introduce attendees to the fundamentals of creating a serverless application utilizing the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform.  Attendees will gain an appreciation of the benefits of embracing a serverless architecture as well as gain hands-on experience by creating and deploying an AWS Lambda function.

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Dr. Kai Dupe

Owner, Dupe Research
Kai Dupé is a technical trainer for Amazon Web Services. Kai has been a professional software developerfor more than 30 years. He holds an earned doctorate from Pepperdine University where his researchfocused on the under representation of African Americans in software developme... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Best Buy HQ - Learn 7601 Penn Ave S Richfield, MN 55423


Containers: Build better applications for the Cloud
Containers are the new buzz word but what exactly are they? In this talk you'll learn all about the exciting world of container technology and why it has taken the IT industry by storm. We'll explore how you can use it to help your IT and business operations become more flexibile and agile through automation, security and governance.

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Jay Smith

Cloud Customer Engineer 云客户工程师, Google
Jason ‘Jay’ Smith is a Cloud Customer Engineer at Google. He is passionate containerization and machine learning so Kubeflow was a natural fit as it allows users to run machine learning models on Kubernetes. He has spent much time learning about Kubernetes and has become interesting... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Best Buy HQ - Discovery 7601 Penn Ave S Richfield, MN 55423