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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…

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Thursday, October 11
 

12:00pm

BITCON Kick-Off Networking Party and Fire-Side Chat w/ BIT Founder Greg Greenlee
How did it all start?  BIT in the making.

Kickoff the first day of the conference at Target Commons in Downtown Minneapolis and join us for refreshments as Blacks In Technology (BIT) Founder Greg Greenlee shares his story about how he created BIT and discuss the future of BIT.

Speakers
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Greg Greenlee

Founder, Blacks in Technology Foundation
Greg Greenlee is the Founder of the Blacks In Technology organization.
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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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Sharon Vickers

CIO City of Saint Paul, City of Saint Paul
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Jessica Williams

Founder and CEO, True Colors Marketing Firm
Jessica Williams is a Speaker, Host and Marketing Professional; who proudly owns True Colors Marketing Firm in Los Angeles. She desires to help small businesses dynamically brand themselves and accomplish their marketing goals in an affordable way. Jessica graduated from the University... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Target Plaza Commons 1001 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403

8:00pm

BITCON Opening Night Networking Premiere : Powered by Ciroc
BITCON will conclude Day 1 a short walking distance from Target Commons at the eclectic W Hotel Foshay. Join speakers and attendees for an after hours networking event. Mix and mingle while enjoying drinks, yummy bites, and great music.


Thursday October 11, 2018 8:00pm - 11:30pm
The W Hotel - Foshay 821 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
 
Friday, October 12
 

7:45am

Welcome from the Mayor & Keynote Breakfast
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.

Speakers
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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

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 →
avatar for Toquon tha MC

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 →
avatar for Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams

Founder and CEO, True Colors Marketing Firm
Jessica Williams is a Speaker, Host and Marketing Professional; who proudly owns True Colors Marketing Firm in Los Angeles. She desires to help small businesses dynamically brand themselves and accomplish their marketing goals in an affordable way. Jessica graduated from the University... 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
Intercontinental Hotel 11 E Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55101, USA

5:00pm

A Night at the Museum: ERG Speed Networking
Join BIT as we host ERG's from some of the top companies in the country such as Google, Amazon, Wells Fargo and more. This is your chance to network with the employees and find out the in's and out's of working at the respective companies. 

Friday October 12, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Science Museum of Minnesota 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55102

9:00pm

A Night at the Museum: Networking After Hours
Friday October 12, 2018 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Science Museum of Minnesota 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55102
 
Saturday, October 13
 

7:45am

Plenary Session & Keynote Breakfast
Blacks in Tech will kick off Day 3 at Best Buy HQ with a keynote breakfast and welcome from Best Buy, CEO  Hubert Joly. Keynotes include Media Personality, Kim  Crayton and Intel VP, Michael Greene. Schedule Listed Below

7:45am - Arrival
8:00am Breakfast begins
8:30am Host Welcome
8:45am CEO Welcome
8:50/8:55am - Fireside Chat w/ Rosalind
9:15 - Kim Crayton Keynote
9:30 - Michael Greene Keynote
9: 45 - Breakfast Ends

Speakers
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Rosalind Chevreuil

Senior VP, Human Resources, Best Buy
Rosalind Chevreuil is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. She has worked for Best Buy since 1999 and has been an officer at the company since 2012. In her current role... Read More →
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Kim Crayton

Entrepreneur, Kim Crayton LLC
Kim Crayton is the founder of the #causeascene movement and a proud multipotentialite and advocate for diversity, inclusion, and safe spaces in tech, who is committed to facilitating honest conversations and intentional actions for positive change. Kim has years of experience working... Read More →
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Michael Greene

Vice President, Software and Service Group & General Manager, System Technologies and Optimization, Intel
Michael Greene is Intel Vice President and General Manager of the System Technologies & Optimization of Intel’s Software and Services Group. Greene leads a worldwide organization responsible for a broad range of development, validation, enabling, and architecture analysis efforts... Read More →
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Hubert Joly

CEO, Best Buy
Hubert Joly is chairman and CEO of Best Buy Co. Inc., the leading provider of consumer technology products and services, with approximately 125,000 employees in North America and approximately $40 billion in annual revenue.Mr. Joly joined Best Buy in 2012 and led the company through... Read More →
avatar for Toquon tha MC

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 →
avatar for Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams

Founder and CEO, True Colors Marketing Firm
Jessica Williams is a Speaker, Host and Marketing Professional; who proudly owns True Colors Marketing Firm in Los Angeles. She desires to help small businesses dynamically brand themselves and accomplish their marketing goals in an affordable way. Jessica graduated from the University... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 7:45am - 9:45am
Best Buy HQ - Convention Center 7601 Penn Avenue South Richfield, MN 55423