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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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Russell Fraenkel

Minnesota State - IT Center of Excellence
Director of IT Career Pathways and Partnerships
Mahtomedi, Minnesota
Youth Development/Leadership, Adult Education, Community Engagement and Collaboration! My primary role at Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence is to work with educators, employers and other partners to inspire and empower middle, high school and adult students to become our next, best Minnesota-grown technologists.



Tech out our IT EXPLORATION Curriculum for middle and high school use, and our Career Readiness Modules for adult students.