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


Using Social Media to Raise Awareness and Funding
Social media has become our go to medium of choice to shine the spotlight on what is happening in community but we are still lagging so far behind in raising needs funds.

My workshop shares three examples of social media branding and how it attracted big funders who not only partnered initially but returned three years in a row. I will share my steps on

1. How to reach to funders and donors
2.  Drafting a strong social media  campaign
3. Working with designers to build an impactful visual  campaign
4. Collaborate with analyst to capture the data to provide results
4. Show the importance of following up

Each workshop attendee can leave empowered with action items to launch sustainable campaigns that will not only trend but also provide economic impact to change lives for the greater good.

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Genma Stringer Holmes

Owner, GSH Media
Genma Stringer Holmes is a Serial Entrepreneur, Media Influencer and Editor-in-Chief. She is the owner of Holmes Pest Control, Executive Producer of Living Your Best Life Radio, and the Editor-in-Chief of GSH Media. She has created, managed and branded numerous award-winning Social... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Intercontinental Hotel - Governors Room 3 11 E Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55101


A Night at the Museum: Utilizing Tech as a Platform to Enhance Your Media Brand
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Jeffrey Bissoy

Host of Maintainin', Minnesota Public Radio

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Shema Kalisa

Associate Project Manager, Buzzfeed Media Brands
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Alexis Rice

Strategic Partner Manager, YouTube

Friday October 12, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Science Museum of Minnesota 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55102
Saturday, October 13


The Virtual and Augmented Reality of Things
The uses and applications for VR and AR are constantly growing. From video games, to movies, to consumer experiences, a panel of gurus will share insight on the limitless possibilities that VR and AR hold. Moderated by VR and AR Architect and Visionary, Chris Lafayette, this is one event you don't want to miss!

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Christopher Lafayette

Founder | Extended Reality Architect | Tech Hub Builder, The Armada
An industry discoverer in Virtual, Mixed & Augmented Reality along with several additional technologies.A firm believer in the societal and technological accelerated benefit of Diversity & Inclusion in Silicon Valley and beyond.Christopher has the pleasure of playing a role in advising... Read More →

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Joseph Caddell

CG Generalist / Lighting Artist, Method Studios
Hello my name is Joseph Caddell, and I've been a 3D Artist in the video game industry for 7+ years. The past 2 years I've ventured into VR. I focus more on creating visually compelling experiences in VR, though I've obtained useful technical insight and rules for creating 3D art for... Read More →
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Jazzy Harvey

Jazzy is a Virtual Reality filmmaker who shoots, writes, edits, and produces immersive stories. Born the middle of three girls to a Jamaican mother and Black and Native father in South Central Los Angeles. Jazzy prides herself on intentional and original content creation and output... Read More →
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Jonathan Jennings

Software Engineer, RelayCars
Hello everyone my name is Jonathan Jennings and I am a software engineer who's worked in the Digital Entertainment ( specifically Videogames, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality) for over the past 8 years . I love Videogames and all the new exciting emerging tech out there ,it's... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Best Buy HQ - Alaska 7601 Penn Avenue South Richfield, MN 55423


Leveraging Digital Media To Grow Your Creative Brand
Leveraging Digital Media To Grow Your Creative Brand

Artists are entrepreneurs that are driven by passion. While we pursue our work for love of the arts; many of us still encounter the challenge of being truly successful; of sharing our work with the right audience and of course, the challenge of generating income.

This session will teach you how to leverage the digital resources available, in order to grow your creative brands. Whether you are looking to grow your following or sell your work; these tips and tools will show you how to become more influential in your field.

My name is Tiffany Johnson. I am a creative entrepreneur from Minneapolis Minnesota. In 2012 I started the online platform InColor Magazine simply because I had a passion to write stories for the Black population in Minnesota as I felt their stories were not appropriately reflected in the local mainstream media.

However, I pursued this endeavor with no business savvy and no strategy for growing my business, making money or targeting a specific audience. My first two attempts at starting this business were not as successful as I would have liked.

After entering a venture competition called the Acara Challenge and working with digital marketing tools at major local media companies to help business clients; I learned about the digital properties that are available to all of us and found that these very tools could be used to push creative and personal brands as well.

In 2018 I decided to relaunch InColor Magazine with an intentional digital strategy to expand and grow my target audience.

I want to share the tools and tactics that I have learned about with fellow artists, with the hope of helping you to grow your own creative brands!

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Tiffany Johnson

Creator, Editor-in-Chief, InColor Magazine
Hey! My name is Tiffany Johnson and I am a creative entrepreneur from Minneapolis Minnesota. I am the founder of InColor Magazine and a digital media strategist for creatives. I want to show artists how to use digital properties in order to expand their personal brands and grow their... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Best Buy HQ - Discovery 7601 Penn Ave S Richfield, MN 55423


How to Crack into Sports Management, Marketing, & Entertainment: Tech Edition
Wondering how your tech skills can lead to great career and entrepreneurship opportunities in the sports industry? BIT has curated a panel of sports professionals to share insight on how tech plays an important role in the realm of sports. 

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Ronda Burke

VP Lady JetFuel Techs, Jet Fuel Tech/ NBA Mom & Dads
Ronda Burke is the VP of Lady JetFuel. She heads up the ladies division of Jetfuel Tech wearable smart garments. Ronda Burke is the trusted advisor to consumers where she promotes the capabilities of JetFuel Techs female wearables and how to effectively implement them to market.Ronda... Read More →
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Tyrre Burks

CEO, Player's Health
Originally from southside Chicago, Tyrre has been inspired by his life experiences and injuries from his Professional Football career to create and become the CEO of Player’s Health. Tyrre has raised over $4 million into this company which strives to inspire and motivates others... Read More →
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Perry Jeter II

CEO, JetFuel Tech, Inc.
Perry Jeter II has a diverse and specialized background in both technology innovation and the highest level of organized athletics. Perry served as the national Business Development Manager for a DME equipment company in the DC metro area and directed several strategic initiatives... Read More →
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Austin McDowell

SR. Technology Architect, Founder, Pastel Brands
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Mark Phillip

CEO/Founder, Are You Watching This?!
Mark Phillip is the CEO and Founder of Are You Watching This?!, a B-to-B Sports Excitement Analytics company using patented algorithms to identify Instant Classics in the making, in real-time.A Brooklyn native, MIT dropout, and lifelong Yankees fan, Mark is obsessed with enhancing... Read More →
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Jaia Thomas

Sports + Entertainment + IP Attorney, Law Offices of Jaia Thomas

Saturday October 13, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Best Buy HQ - Theater 7601 Penn Avenue South Richfield, MN 55423


BITCON Gaming and VR Lounge
Remember the friendship ending joy you felt of launching a blue shell?  Remember finally fireballing M. Bison to death?  Dust off that controller and flex your video game prowess at the BiT Barcade at Finnegans!  Show off your speed in Mario Kart, your moves in Super Smash Bros, combos in Street Fighter and building skills in Fortnite. It's all the fun you remember as a child, plus beer!  DJ Mickey Breeze spins old school tracks for you to dominate the competition.

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Christian Bishop

CEO, GG Media Network
Christian Bishop, is the Chief Executive Officer of GG Media Network. A former telecommunications consultant, Christian used his passion for gaming, esports and technology to launch GG Media Network, a global esports and gaming production company based in Los Angeles, CA.In 2017... Read More →
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DJ Mickey Breeze

Though he is just 17 years old, DJ Mickey Breeze already has over 10 years of musical experience under his belt. He started playing instruments at age 5 and has experience in playing trumpet, drums, piano, violin and cello. At age 8 he began producing music electronically, and by... Read More →

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Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services
We Power Tech is the AWS diversity and inclusion outreach program aimed to increase the number of AWS technologists from underrepresented groups. The program works with diversity focused organizations and spans K-12 to working professionals globally ensuring there is a pipeline of... Read More →
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Thunder Gaming

Thunder Gaming Esports Center is a high-production gaming and esports venue located in Long Beach, California. The highly customizable center houses over 16,000 square feet of space, broadcast facilities, a player lounge, production offices, and more. Several esports events have been... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Impact Hub & Finnovation Lab 250 3rd Ave N Ste 550, Minneapolis, MN 55401