That’s a Wrap on the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit

TechConneXt

It’s officially a wrap on the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit and to call it a success would be a complete understatement.

Who’s who of the tech industry gathered at the San Francisco Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame, California where attendees embarked on a journey through all things innovation, opportunity, and diversity in technology.

Though the Summit was based in Silicon Valley, influencers from all over the nation came together to bring their expertise, ideas, insight and advice to over 500 eager attendees.

In addition to those who attended the conference to learn, connect, and be inspired, 4 students from 10 top HBCUs also attended to participate in a 4 day BE Smart Hackathon, sponsored by Toyota. Throughout the Summit, these students were charged with the opportunity to hack away while competing to create an infotainment app to be judged by industry insiders. This year, the students from North Carolina A&T University took home the highest honors having created an app that helps one find all things black anywhere they are in the nation.  

The TechConneXt Summit’s overall success is much credited to the event’s gracious sponsors and partners including AT&T, Intel, Toyota, Prudential, American Airlines, Microsoft, Symantec, Dell Technologies,  Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lockheed Martin, FedEx Express, Hennessy, Miller-Coors, IBM, Kapor Center, LinkedIn, Uber, Fitbit and Airbnb, who all fully support and uplift the call for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.

Be on the lookout for videos and photos from the event and be sure to check out #TECHCNXT on social media outlets to get a glimpse of what you missed.

Already looking forward to seeing you in Silicon Valley next year!

TechConneXt Summit: The Official Kickoff

TechConnext

Though eager HBCU students have been hacking away here in Silicon Valley for the past 2 days, the official kick-off for the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit begins today!

Today, thought leaders, executives, influencers and innovators are gathered here at the San Francisco Marriot Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame, California for 2 days of collaboration, learning, networking, and all things tech.

Over the next couple of days we’ll be learning about the thousands of high-paying jobs and career opportunities before we take on innovation, marketing and business labs, diversity in Silicon Valley, one-on-one with the tech industry’s elite, indulge on success in sharing economies, opportunities in tech, tech and entertainment, what’s hot, what’s new, what’s next in tech, and so much more.

Who you can expect to see these next few days:

-Ryan Leslie – CEO, MZRT
-Tristan Walker – Founder/CEO, Walker & Co. Brands
-Rodney Williams – CEO LISNR
-Steward Butterfield – CEO, Slack
-Everette Taylor – SMO, Skurt
-Stefan Grant – Co-Founder, Noirbnb
-Brian Brackeen – Founder/CEO, Kairos
-Ty Ahmad -Taylor, CEO, THX, Ltd.
-Rodney Adkins – President, 3Ramp Group
-Hadiyah-Nicole Green – Asst. Professor, Physiology, Morehouse School of Medicine
…and many more.

What you can expect to gain:
More than you bargained for.

If you can’t be here you can still be here! The Summit is streaming live and you’re invited to tune in.

Log on to the livestream to catch all the action:

HACKATHON LIVESTREAM
www.blackenterprise.com/events/techconnext/techconnext-hackathon/

EVENT LIVESTREAM
www.blackenterprise.com/events/techconnext/techconnext-livestream/

It’s not too late to experience the summit firsthand. REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit and meet us at the Marriot Waterfront Hotel for 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit.

Watch What’s Happening at BE TechConneXt Summit Right Now!

TechConneXt

If you are unable to attend the 2nd annual TechConneXt Summit fret not! You may watch the Summit’s informative panels and the BE Smart Hackathon live right now via livestream!

Check out the agenda and tune in.

To watch what’s happening live click the links below:

HACKATHON LIVESTREAM (Live now)
www.blackenterprise.com/events/techconnext/techconnext-hackathon/

EVENT LIVESTREAM (Live Monday, October 10 – Tuesday, October 11
www.blackenterprise.com/events/techconnext/techconnext-livestream/

Be sure to follow #TECHCNXT and #BEHACK on social media to remain in the loop.

If watching the livestream has you all the more eager to attend the Summit, you still have time. REGISTER NOW and meet us in San Francisco at the San Francisco Marriot Waterfront Hotel for the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit.

See you (or you can simply watch us) in Silicon Valley!

The BE Smart Hackathon 2016 Begins!

BE Smart Hackathon

The Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit officially starts tomorrow, but the second annual BE Smart Hackathon sponsored by Toyota has just started. Already there is plenty of excitement and energy to spare.

Yesterday 10 teams from 10 historically black colleges flew into an unusually hot San Francisco. The students spent Saturday getting settled and, to break the ice, went to a nearby bowling alley and bowled on teams made up of students from different schools.

The bowling was sponsored by Prudential, and five Prudential staff bowled with the students and engaged with them, telling them about Prudential’s broad footprint in financial services and why they should consider Prudential as a potential employer or for an internship.

Historically Black Colleges

Teams of four students each represent the following HBCUs:

Alabama A&M University

Florida A&M University

Hampton University

Howard University

Johnson C. Smith University

Morehouse College

Morgan State University

North Carolina A&T State University

Southern University and A&M College

Tuskegee University

Two students won a MillerCoors contest and are attending the summit under MillerCoors’ sponsorship.

The Best and the Brightest

  • The CEO and president of Black Enterprise, Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., welcomed the students this morning after breakfast.

“We are connecting black talent to Silicon Valley,” he said. “We’ve doubled the number of students and schools from last year to show tech recruiters that black talent is available for them to hire.”

Graves described how pervasive technology is, having entered just about every industry, and how these students are smart to take advantage of tech and networking opportunities like the BE Smart Hackathon.

During breakfast, I sat with students from Alabama A&M.

“I’m so glad I’m attending Alabama A&M,” Kristina Williams told me. The comp sci major is a native Alabamian. “My professors care about me. My classes are small. I was given a lot of financial aid.” Williams had spent time at the state university as a high schooler, but chose Alabama A&M because of its financial, academic, and social support.

James Burrell, a senior electrical engineering major, had transferred from Alabama’s state school and could compare the two experiences. He agreed with Williams. “It’s completely different,” he said. “There’s much more support—practical support, in that my professors have given me paid jobs.”  The other students then described how their professors had also said things like, “I like how you code,” and then hired them or provided introductions for employment.

Tsige Zergaw, originally from Ethiopia, described the campus’s natural beauty. “I’ve gone hiking in the area and it’s really beautiful,” she said. The campus is on a mountain, so it’s easy to appreciate the landscape below.

What about diversity? Will these students be prepared to work in an environment that will probably be majority nonblack?

Richard Embden, also an electrical engineering major, says yes. “Most of the students are black, but most of our professors are international.”

For more about the BE Smart Hackathon, go to the Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit website.

The Black-Created Tech on Display at TechConneXt’s Innovation Lab

Tech

As Black Enterprise gets ready for its second-ever TechConneXt Tech Summit, taking place on Oct 10–11 in Burlingame, California, we are proud to provide a sneak peek of the black-owned tech startups that will demonstrate their products and services in the Innovation Lab.

From drones to apps, these tech founders are innovating and creating on the cutting edge. Here is what you can expect to see:

Amp.it

Amp.it is an enterprise software solution that helps creators build an engaged community around great content, measure its effectiveness, and retain that community for future releases. With Amp.it, content owners never have to build an audience from zero again.

This mobile-optimized web platform features an embeddable video player that lets users log in directly from the player using their Facebook account, giving them points when they consume or share content. Users rise through levels from “Fan” to “Tastemaker,” and receive recognition and rewards from content producers, brands, and other creators competing for their attention.

Charmer

Charmer is “a fun, easy mobile app to describe yourself, your friends, and everything else in three words. You will be able to post “charms” to describe yourself and your friends in a cool, fun, and positive atmosphere,” says founder Ryan Rucker. It’s an agile way to create and view reviews of just about anything from peers in your location.

Recently, Rucker and his team used the Charmer app to collect valuable data on millennials’ thoughts about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and the first presidential debate between the two, demonstrating the power of its analytics.

Flyspan

Drones are not just a hobbyist’s pastime but are used increasingly for security (think bomb-diffusing drones), in agriculture, and in myriad ways. It’s a good time to get into drones and Brock Christoval, CEO, and co-founder of Flyspan, has done just that.

Flyspan connects the power of drones to commercial industries. The company also makes a software platform enabling users to make decisions using real-time information from their drone fleet. In a nutshell, this is an intelligent drone fleet management solution.

KleanCollar

“We’re looking to change the world one collar at a time,” says Kenneth L. Wright, the founder and CEO of KleanCollar Inc. Wright is somewhat of a fashion buff that also has a background in sales at Fortune 500 companies, including Apple and Microsoft.

KleanCollar is a high-tech collar insert that prevents the dreaded “ring-around-the-collar.” It’s made from a newly invented, Band-Aid thin material developed by a Stanford professor that is medical-grade silicone and that feels comfortable to the human skin, is reusable, and is also eco-friendly. Additionally, it’s translucent, so it matches whatever color-collared shirt you are wearing. The device sits on the collar of a shirt with adhesive magnets.

WePow

Workforce recruitment technology company, WePow, offers a video interviewing platform to fulfill the promise of happy hiring managers and outstanding candidate experiences. Companies, including Adidas, Lenovo and Box, are using WePow to regain time, reduce costs, and recruit precisely.

With WePow, companies can boost the productivity of their recruitment teams by hiring solutions for the modern workforce.

In addition to these startups, sponsors including Microsoft, AT&T, FedEx, and American Airlines will showcase their latest technology designed to enhance and meet the needs and experiences of their customers.

The Black-Created Tech on Display at TechConneXt’s Innovation Lab

Tech

As Black Enterprise gets ready for its second-ever TechConneXt Tech Summit, taking place on Oct 10–11 in Burlingame, California, we are proud to provide a sneak peek of the black-owned tech startups that will demonstrate their products and services in the Innovation Lab.

From drones to apps, these tech founders are innovating and creating on the cutting edge. Here is what you can expect to see:

Amp.it

Amp.it is an enterprise software solution that helps creators build an engaged community around great content, measure its effectiveness, and retain that community for future releases. With Amp.it, content owners never have to build an audience from zero again.

This mobile-optimized web platform features an embeddable video player that lets users log in directly from the player using their Facebook account, giving them points when they consume or share content. Users rise through levels from “Fan” to “Tastemaker,” and receive recognition and rewards from content producers, brands, and other creators competing for their attention.

Charmer

Charmer is “a fun, easy mobile app to describe yourself, your friends, and everything else in three words. You will be able to post “charms” to describe yourself and your friends in a cool, fun, and positive atmosphere,” says founder Ryan Rucker. It’s an agile way to create and view reviews of just about anything from peers in your location.

Recently, Rucker and his team used the Charmer app to collect valuable data on millennials’ thoughts about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and the first presidential debate between the two, demonstrating the power of its analytics.

Flyspan

Drones are not just a hobbyist’s pastime but are used increasingly for security (think bomb-diffusing drones), in agriculture, and in myriad ways. It’s a good time to get into drones and Brock Christoval, CEO, and co-founder of Flyspan, has done just that.

Flyspan connects the power of drones to commercial industries. The company also makes a software platform enabling users to make decisions using real-time information from their drone fleet. In a nutshell, this is an intelligent drone fleet management solution.

KleanCollar

“We’re looking to change the world one collar at a time,” says Kenneth L. Wright, the founder and CEO of KleanCollar Inc. Wright is somewhat of a fashion buff that also has a background in sales at Fortune 500 companies, including Apple and Microsoft.

KleanCollar is a high-tech collar insert that prevents the dreaded “ring-around-the-collar.” It’s made from a newly invented, Band-Aid thin material developed by a Stanford professor that is medical-grade silicone and that feels comfortable to the human skin, is reusable, and is also eco-friendly. Additionally, it’s translucent, so it matches whatever color-collared shirt you are wearing. The device sits on the collar of a shirt with adhesive magnets.

WePow

Workforce recruitment technology company, WePow, offers a video interviewing platform to fulfill the promise of happy hiring managers and outstanding candidate experiences. Companies, including Adidas, Lenovo and Box, are using WePow to regain time, reduce costs, and recruit precisely.

With WePow, companies can boost the productivity of their recruitment teams by hiring solutions for the modern workforce.

In addition to these startups, sponsors including Microsoft, AT&T, FedEx, and American Airlines will showcase their latest technology designed to enhance and meet the needs and experiences of their customers.

Kicking off 4 Days of Innovation and Opportunity at the 2016 TechConneXt Summit

TechConneXt

The 2nd annual Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit has officially kicked off! For the next 4 days, influencers, thought leaders, executives, students and bonafide techies will be gathered here in Silicon Valley to find out what happens when innovation intersects with opportunity.

Over the next few days, TechConneXt attendees will:

  • Learn how to perfect their pitches to seal deals
  • Polish their professional profiles
  • Engage informative discussions on cybersecurity
  • Get a sneak peek at the newest gadgets and devices
  • Learn the pitfalls to avoid when seeking funding,
  • Partake in business, learning and marketing labs
  • Discuss the diversity dilemma in tech with industry experts
  • Examine the pros and cons of a sharing ecominy
  • Find out how to succeed as people of color on the tech scene
  • Gain insight on the incredible advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics
  • Explore what’s hot, what’s new, and what’s next for business technology
  • Discuss how technology intersects with entertainment
  • And of course, hack!

In addition to that excitement, attendees will spend the next few days rubbing elbow with their favorite techies including:

  • Ryan Leslie – CEO, MZRT
  • Tristan Walker – Founder/CEO, Walker & Co. Brands
  • Rodney Williams – CEO LISNR
  • Steward Butterfield – CEO, Slack
  • Everette Taylor – SMO, Skurt
  • Stefan Grant – Co-Founder, Noirbnb
  • Brian Brackeen – Founder/CEO, Kairos
  • Ty Ahmad -Taylor, CEO, THX, Ltd.
  • Rodney Adkins – President, 3Ramp Group
  • Hadiyah-Nicole Green – Asst. Professor, Physiology, Morehouse School of Medicine

…and you can just imagine who else.

Students from some of the most prestigious HBCUs including Alabama A&M University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T University, Southern University, and Tuskeegee University, are also here hacking their way to opportunity.

These students are on-site using their creativity to develop an app to make user lives easier.

Today is the start of a full on techpalooza.

There’s still time! You can be rubbing elbow and be hipped to exclusive tech in too.  REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit, at the general registration rate of $195, and meet us that the San Francisco Marriot Waterfront Hotel, Bu.

For more information visit TechConneXt.

Follow @blackenterprise, #TECHCNXT for news, updates, highlights, speaker announcements and more information.

Kicking off 4 Days of Innovation and Opportunity at the 2016 TechConneXt Summit

TechConneXt

The 2nd annual Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit has officially kicked off! For the next 4 days, influencers, thought leaders, executives, students and bonafide techies will be gathered here in Silicon Valley to find out what happens when innovation intersects with opportunity.

Over the next few days, TechConneXt attendees will:

  • Learn how to perfect their pitches to seal deals
  • Polish their professional profiles
  • Engage informative discussions on cybersecurity
  • Get a sneak peek at the newest gadgets and devices
  • Learn the pitfalls to avoid when seeking funding,
  • Partake in business, learning and marketing labs
  • Discuss the diversity dilemma in tech with industry experts
  • Examine the pros and cons of a sharing ecominy
  • Find out how to succeed as people of color on the tech scene
  • Gain insight on the incredible advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics
  • Explore what’s hot, what’s new, and what’s next for business technology
  • Discuss how technology intersects with entertainment
  • And of course, hack!

In addition to that excitement, attendees will spend the next few days rubbing elbow with their favorite techies including:

  • Ryan Leslie – CEO, MZRT
  • Tristan Walker – Founder/CEO, Walker & Co. Brands
  • Rodney Williams – CEO LISNR
  • Steward Butterfield – CEO, Slack
  • Everette Taylor – SMO, Skurt
  • Stefan Grant – Co-Founder, Noirbnb
  • Brian Brackeen – Founder/CEO, Kairos
  • Ty Ahmad -Taylor, CEO, THX, Ltd.
  • Rodney Adkins – President, 3Ramp Group
  • Hadiyah-Nicole Green – Asst. Professor, Physiology, Morehouse School of Medicine

…and you can just imagine who else.

Students from some of the most prestigious HBCUs including Alabama A&M University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T University, Southern University, and Tuskeegee University, are also here hacking their way to opportunity.

These students are on-site using their creativity to develop an app to make user lives easier.

Today is the start of a full on techpalooza.

There’s still time! You can be rubbing elbow and be hipped to exclusive tech in too.  REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit, at the general registration rate of $195, and meet us that the San Francisco Marriot Waterfront Hotel, Bu.

For more information visit TechConneXt.

Follow @blackenterprise, #TECHCNXT for news, updates, highlights, speaker announcements and more information.

Download the BE Events App to Stay Connected at TechConneXt

TechConneXt

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8 – Tuesday, Oct. 11

WHERE: San Francisco

Black Enterprise’s TechConneXt Summit is the intersection of innovation and opportunity. This event is four days dedicated to bridging the gap between the African American community and Silicon Valley.

Attendees will engage in innovation labs, tech talks with industry executives and Silicon Valley power players, learning labs, corporate tours, informative sessions on advancements, and diversity in tech in addition to exclusive networking opportunities.

To stay on top of all things TechConneXt, go to iTunes or Google Play to download the BE Events app.

This app will allow you real-time access to the Summit including schedule updates, speaker information, networking, social engagement, registration, partnerships, Black Enterprise exclusives, and so much more. Download today to remain in the know.

After downloading, tap your desired conference, accept the push notifications, click register, enter your info, and enjoy the event!

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Download the BE Events App to Stay Connected at TechConneXt

TechConneXt

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8 – Tuesday, Oct. 11

WHERE: San Francisco

Black Enterprise’s TechConneXt Summit is the intersection of innovation and opportunity. This event is four days dedicated to bridging the gap between the African American community and Silicon Valley.

Attendees will engage in innovation labs, tech talks with industry executives and Silicon Valley power players, learning labs, corporate tours, informative sessions on advancements, and diversity in tech in addition to exclusive networking opportunities.

To stay on top of all things TechConneXt, go to iTunes or Google Play to download the BE Events app.

This app will allow you real-time access to the Summit including schedule updates, speaker information, networking, social engagement, registration, partnerships, Black Enterprise exclusives, and so much more. Download today to remain in the know.

After downloading, tap your desired conference, accept the push notifications, click register, enter your info, and enjoy the event!

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