This page features panels at SXSW Interactive 2013 that will be presented within the BiT House at the Hilton-Garden Inn.

Additionally - this page includes panels that will take place outside of the BiT House that self-selected BiT as a tag, or have panelists or subject matter that we think is of particular interest to blacks in tech. If you would like to have a panel included on this page, please email the SXSW schedule page url to us at info@wearebit.com.


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Sunday, March 10 • 11:30am - 12:30am
BiTHouse Pitch Competition LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

If you are a Black entrepreneur attending SXSW and you feel that your business idea or platform is disruptive, innovative and scalable - enter the BiTHouse Pitch Competition!  The BiTHouse Pitch takes place on Sunday, March 10, at 11:30AM at the BiTHouse.

The BiTHouse Pitch allows for entrepreneurs to make a live 3-MINUTE PITCH of their innovative venture and be assessed as to the viability of their ventures by legal professionals, business leaders, academics, investors, and engineers.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED to the Best Live Pitch including:

  • One finalist entry in Black Enterprise’s $10,000 Elevator Pitch Contest, May 15 - May 18 in Columbus, OH 
  • Two *complimentary Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference Registrations
  • A meeting with a VC
  • A complimentary hosted web page from Strikingly.com
  • and a business development consultation from Strategic Diversity Group

Fill out the form to enter. All finalists will be notified by EMAIL no later than Saturday, March 9th at 12Noon CST for your opportunity to pitch live on Sunday, March 10th at 11:30 am. 

Strategic Partners and Supporters:

Andreesson Horowitz, TechStars, Global Accelerator Network, Qukku, Black Enterprise, INTRO Labs, Strikingly, Black Founders, Blacks in Tech, Rising Stars Program and Strategic Diversity Group.

*Airfare and hotel expenses must be covered by winner.

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May Borra

Director of Marketing, Qukku
@May Borras comes from a background in advertising and marketing having worked at agencies in both Texas and Colorado on an array of consumer brands. Agency life in account service and planning roles have left May with an appreciation for the creative pro... Read More →
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Kat Calvin

CEO and Founder, Blerdology
@Kat Calvin is a lawyer, writer, and entrepreneur. She is the CEO and Founder of Character’s Closet, Blerdology (formerly #BlackGirlsHack), Michelle in Training, DC Young Entrepreneurs, and one of the 2013 The Grio’s 100... Read More →
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Brian Dixon

Investment Principal, Kapor Capital
@Brian Dixon focuses on identifying and evaluating early-stage investments along with helping portfolio companies grow effectively. Brian has joined Kapor Capital after spending two summers as an MBA intern. He is currently completing his MBA at F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business... Read More →
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Ashara Ekundayo

Co – Founder, HUB Oakland
@Ashara Ekundayo is an Oakland, CA based serial entrepreneur and cultural worker of the urban landscape who has served as catalyst, curator, educator, and producer for more than 20 years with local and international clients. Through her company BluBlak Media Consulting, she has worked with organi... Read More →
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Sheila Marmon

Founder and CEO, Mirror Digital
@Sheila Marmon is the Founder and CEO of Mirror Digital, a technology-driven media and advertising company that connects Fortune 500 brands to the U.S. multicultural consumer market. Key clients include Macy’s, Sony Pictures, Ford Motor Company and Marriott among others. Pri... Read More →
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Curtis Midkiff

Director of Social Engagement, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
@Curtis has over 15 years of experience in communications, marketing and new media strategies. As the Director of Social Engagement for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Curtis Midkiff provides strategic leadership and direction to various departments at SHRM in their... Read More →
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Natalia Oberti Noguera

Founder & CEO, Pipeline Fellowship
Dubbed "The Coach" by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women that's changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale. She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, Reuters Money... Read More →
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Brian L. Shields

Co - Founder, IncubateNYC
@Brian L. Shields is a Co-Founder of IncubateNYC, an investment and incubation program designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs start and operating successful businesses. A Wall Street refugee, Brian has spent time in healthcare, financial tech, and early stage / angel investing... Read More →
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W Jewell Strong - Sparks

Founder and CEO, BiTHouse, Strategic Diversity Group, OTGC - On The Green Carpet, INDIE VIXENS
@Jewell Sparks is a biologist turned business leader with over 20 years of experience as a scientific innovator, sales, organizational effectiveness and business development work professional. In 2000 she obtained her MBA in strategy, global markets and corporate communication... Read More →
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Marcia Wade Talbert

Tech Editor, Black Enterprise
@Marcia Wade Talbert multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity I write and assign stories to educate readers about: social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups... Read More →
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Ty Ahmad - Taylor

Head SmartTV Services, Samsung
With more than 16 years of experience in creating revenue-generating sites for broadband, 15 years in interactive television, and 22 years in information design, @Ty Ahmad-Taylor is a recognized authority in creating deeply engaging and profitable experiences for viewers across multiple screens. He is currently the Head of Smart TV Services at Samsung Electronics, creating interactive television applications for the world's largest te... Read More →
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Nnena Ukuku

Co - Founder and CEO, Black Founders Startup Ventures
@Nnena Ukuku is an attorney who works with early stage startups. She works with them because, like her, they believe they can change their world and are passionate. She is involved in Black Founders because she wants to see minorities and women thrive–not simply survive. Nnena is active... Read More →

Sunday March 10, 2013 11:30am - 12:30am CST
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

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