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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Babatope Adedayo

State of MN: Office of Equity and Procurement
Vendor Specialist
Babatope Adedayo, is a Vendor Specialist with the Minnesota Department of Administration in the Office of Equity in Procurement (OEP). In this capacity, he is responsible for promoting diversity and inclusion within state government procurement, representing the program at various workshops and trade shows and providing information about Minnesota Small Business Procurement Program to interested vendors, setting  subcontracting goals on the State of Minnesota construction projects, as well as monitoring the utilization of TG/ED/VO vendors to meet the goals established on those construction projects, also assisting prime contractors in their efforts to meet subcontracting goals by referring potential TG/ED/VO vendors.

Babatope came to the Department of Administration with eight year of Organizing and training experience. He previously worked with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative as a Congregational Organizer to engage congregations throughout the Metro area around ending homelessness. He worked for the Labor Union - SEIU Health Care Minnesota, as a Home Care organizer, working with Home Care workers in the Twin Cities Metro area and around the state on the issue of getting them unionized. And also served as an intern for the Metropolitan Council as a DBE Compliance Specialist. In that capacity, he performed a variety of projects monitoring and compliance duties for Metropolitan Council’s construction projects including the Central Corridor Light Rail project which ensured that General Contractors were meeting their goals to hire minority subcontractors.

Babatope received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership at Bethel University and a Master of Advocacy and Public Leadership at the University of Minnesota’s Duluth Campus. He is happily married and blessed with two wonderful kids (ages 8 and 5) and loves reading, and enjoys teaching leadership and history.