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Tech is the new black, and BlackTech Week is the new it! Whether you’re a techie, startup, entrepreneur, or none of the above, BlackTech Week kicks off with a week-long lineup of events with something for everyone from thought provoking discussions, entrepreneur bootcamps, pitch competitions, and even a women’s brunch. From February 15-20, the immersive week is a cultural celebration of innovators, creators, thought leaders, and game changers and brings together young leaders across a diversity of industries from music and beauty to technology and social activism. With so many activities to participate in, here’s six things to expect at this dynamic conference.
1. Heavyweight entrepreneurs.
A glance at the event lineup reads like a who’s who in innovation and the startup scene. Some of the innovators you can expect to hear from include: Chinedu Echeruo who sold one of his tech companies to Apple for $1 billion; Delane Parnell, the youngest African-American venture capitalist in the country at 22 years old; Dr. Randal Pinkett, serial entrepreneur and winner of NBC’s The Apprentice; Jeff Hoffman, Co-founder of Priceline; and Miami’s own Brian Brackeen whose facial recognition company, Kairos, has raised more than $5 million in seed financing. Three local mayors are even participating: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, and City of Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam.
2. Girl time.
Tech is no longer just a man’s game; women are carving their own lane too. From the Women’s Innovation Brunch on Saturday, February 20 and the Women Innovators networking reception on Thursday, February 18 to the impressive lineup of female innovators participating on panels and leading discussion sessions, BlackTech Week is making sure that women are well represented in the tech movement.
3. Some social time.
All work and no play makes a dull man. So expect plenty of social time and a little partying especially with Fontainbleau as the host venue for BlackTech Week. Check out the Disruptors Afterparty at LIV Nightclub on Monday, February 15, a fabulous opening reception at the Adrienne Arsht Center, and Spirits & Bytes cocktail event on Thursday, February 18.
4. Trick Daddy.
Mr. T Double D himself will be on the panel Music, Sports, and Pop Culture. So will Ted Lucas, CEO of Slip & Slide Records which launched the careers of Rick Ross, Trina, Trick Daddy, and others. It’s less about tech itself, and more about how tech runs our life these days. So expect to see the collision of music and technology as one of the key topics at BlackTech Week. There’s also a music tech pitch competition for the kids during the World of Music and Technology show led by music producer and engineer, A. Randolph.
5. Speakers & sessions out of this world.
BlackTech Week has grown significantly since last year’s inaugural conference with more than 30 sessions, panels, and events planned throughout the week and with more than 50 keynote speakers and panelists.
The best form of motivation is to be around others who have already failed and successfully rebounded. So whether you’re still trying to figure out how to launch or if you need to scale up and take it to the next level, expect to be inspired by successful entrepreneurs who will share their journey and leave you with nuggets that you can use for your own journey.
There’s so much more to experience at BlackTech Week, and it’s opened to the entire community. For a full lineup of events and programming, check out BlackTech Week.