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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Martha Diaz

Hip Hop Communiversity / Hip Hop Education Center
Founder / Director
Martha Diaz (MD) is a seasoned community organizer, media producer, archivist, curator, and educator. One of Women’s eNews distinguished 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, she has traversed the hip hop entertainment industry, the public arts and education sector, and the academy over the last 25 years. Her passion is advancing human rights and transforming communities through Hip Hop media, technology, and social entrepreneurship. MD has associate produced and consulted on numerous hip hop documentaries including, Where My Ladies At? by Leba Haber Rubinoff (2007), Black August: A Hip-Hop Concert by Dream Hampton (2010), and Nas: Time Is Illmatic by One9 (2014). In 2002, MD founded the highly acclaimed Hip Hop Odyssey (H2O) International Film Festival, the first and largest festival of its kind. She was invited to curate the first Hip Hop movie series presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and served as a guest curator at the Museum of the Moving Image. In 2010, MD formed the Hip Hop Education Center at NYU to research, cultivate, and formalize the field of hip hop-based education. Through her publications of research reports, books, and curricula, she has chronicled hip hop history to preserve its cultural value and memory. A graduate of New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, MD has worked on archival projects with Parkwood Entertainment (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter), Tupac Shakur Estate, and National Jazz Museum in Harlem, to name a few. She was a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History - Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Fellow at Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship, Curator at The Schomburg Center, A'Leila Bundle Scholar at Columbia University, Nasir Jones Fellow at Harvard University, and Civic Media Fellowship at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. This fall MD will commence her Doctoral Studies in Education Leadership at USC's Rossier School.