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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Rod Robinson

Cincinnati, Ohio Area
Rod Robinson is the founder and CEO of ConnXus, Inc., a supplier management software platform that enables Global 2000 companies to discover new suppliers, manage supplier diversity tracking, compliance and mandated reporting requirements. ConnXus’ cloud-based platform provides powerful tools and analytics that enable large companies to validate, quantify and measure the diversity within their supply chains.
Since starting the company in 2010, Rod has led the company through successfully raising $12 million in venture capital, 100%+ annual revenue growth, a database of 1.7 million diverse suppliers and a growing list of global customers including American Express, Facebook, Caesars Entertainment, Coca-Cola, Cummins, McDonald’s and Procter & Gamble.
His expertise in procurement comes from nearly 20 years of experience as a Chief Procurement Officer for Cincinnati Bell and as a management consultant with global consultancies including AT Kearney and Accenture where he was a procurement subject matter expert. He also worked for Price Waterhouse and Deloitte where he earned his CPA credentials.
Rod holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Dun & Bradstreet fellowship recipient. Rod was recognized by Ernst & Young as an Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2012. He is an advisory board member of the Techstars Foundation, an organization focused on increasing diversity in tech entrepreneurship. In March 2017, Ohio Governor John Kasich appointed Rod to Miami University’s board of trustees.