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

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Friday, March 8
 

9:30am

How to Validate a Product Idea for $100 or Less
Limited Capacity seats available

Panelist
avatar for Laura Klein

Laura Klein

Principal, Users Know
@Laura Klein is a user experience designer and recovering engineer and has been working with Silicon Valley tech companies for more than 15 years. She writes about Lean UX and product management on her blog, Users Know, and is the author of UX for Lean Startups from O’Reilly. Currently, she is busy helping startups build products that people love to use.


Friday March 8, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

10:30am

Listening to Your Users and Finding your First True Fans
Limited Capacity seats available

Panelist
avatar for Sabrina  Harvey

Sabrina Harvey

Co-Founder & Chief Content Creator, Art of Genius/Women Interactive
@Sabrina Harvey is a singer/songwriter who has released various projects overseas and has toured and or worked with musicians including Sugarland, Common and Kanye West. Her love of music and her use of technology to complete her musical projects fueled her desire to delve more into the digital space. | | Sabrina is now the Chief Creative Officer of Art of Genius Tech Education Company and Co-Founder of Women Interactive, the first creative... Read More →
avatar for Jareau Wade

Jareau Wade

@Jareau Wade Co-founder and Director Growth at Balanced, a payments platform for online marketplaces. Previously, he was the 1st employee and head of data acquisition at Milo.com, which is now part of eBay. Jareau started his career as a teaching fellow at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in Accra, Ghana. Jareau studies electrical engineering and entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania and is originally from Tucson... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

1:30pm

How Have Angel Investing and Crowdfunding Changed the Way Startups Get Money?
Limited Capacity seats available

The current startup boom has seen the rise of the angel investor (and introduction of the ‘super angel’), introduction of crowdfunding platforms, and now the coming Series A crunch.

Join a panel of entrepreneurs, angel investors, crowdfunding experts, and VC investors for this roundtable discussion on how the funding landscape has changed for startup entrepreneurs.

Learn what to expect when you start looking for funding and what the best funding option is for you.

Registration for the Black Founders Conference is free to all SXSW Badge Holders and only $100 without a badge. 


Panelist
avatar for Brian Dixon

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 at Babson College, where he is studying entrepreneurship and venture capital investing. | Prior to business school, Brian started his career as a software... Read More →
avatar for Kate Drane

Kate Drane

Director of Outreach, Indiegogo
@Kate Drane believes in the power of “we” over “me.” Crowdfunding is a perfect demonstration of this. Last fall she ran a campaign for her small business, The Can Van, which helped her to hone her skills and understanding of crowdfunding. Additionally, she is lucky enough to live and breathe crowdfunding every day in her day job as Indiegogo’s Director of Market Development for the Design and Technology verticals. In... Read More →
avatar for Richard Kerby

Richard Kerby

Venrock
@Richard Kerby joined Venrock in 2012. He focuses primarily on identifying and evaluating early-stage investments. Prior to joining Venrock, Richard was an Associate at Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), where he focused primarily on identifying and evaluating later-stage investments. While at IVP, Richard worked with IVP portfolio companies such as Dropbox, Klout, Twitter, Shazam, Sugar, and Yext. | | Prior to joining IVP, Richard worked... Read More →
avatar for Natalia Oberti Noguera

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, TechCrunch, The New York... Read More →
avatar for Monique Woodard

Monique Woodard

@Monique Woodard is a marketing strategist with 10 years of consumer tech experience in the areas of entertainment, e-commerce, and lifestyle brands. At Brand Institute, she led brand development projects for consumer clients that included Avon, Starbucks, and Bayer. She has helped companies define and execute marketing strategy, launch new products and features, and align product positioning and messaging on web, mobile, and social... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

2:30pm

Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em: When to Pivot Your Startup
Limited Capacity seats available

Pivot: the moment where startups change or die. In the search for a viable business, there comes a time when a drastic shift is necessary. But how do you know when you should pivot your startup, end it altogether, or keep powering through?

Our panel of entrepreneurs have started businesses and survived shifts in idea, customers, and business model. Join us for a candid discussion about when and how to change direction.

Registration for the Black Founders Conference is free to all SXSW Badge Holders and only $100 without a badge. 


Panelist
avatar for Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett

@Chris Bennett is the co-founder and CEO of Soldsie (formerly Central.ly), a social commerce tool for retailers, letting business owners post products for sale right on their Facebook pages. He is passionate about social change, innovation, and the Internet. He has a background founding businesses from an early age and his last startup, LiquidBooks, was a success on the University of Pennsylvania campus. In his free time, he loves to travel, swap... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Collins

Kurt Collins

@Kurt Collins co-founded and operates Enole — a mobile identity company. He also works in youth development at Youth Radio and as a co-founding mentor at The Hidden Genius Project. As a founding mentor for The Hidden Genius Project, he mentors high school-aged black males in learning STEM-related skills through learning about technology. Kurt has been working with entrepreneurs and technology since his tenure at MIT in the late 90ʼs. His... Read More →
avatar for Craig Davis

Craig Davis

Founder | CEO, Relevvant
Craig Davis is the Founder and CEO of Relevvant, the leading enterprise-level marketing platform that helps brands understand their customers more intimately by gathering, analyzing, and making big data actionable across multiple communication channels. Craig has now taken his complex background and expertise to focus on developing a robust platform that allows brands and agencies to leverage social and other big data sources to better understand... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

3:30pm

After Funding: Managing the Investor Relationship
Limited Capacity seats available

You cashed the check, now what? Managing the relationship with your investors is an important skill that new entrepreneurs have to learn.

Join us for a lively conversation between investor and entrepreneur as they discuss how to navigate the sometimes complicated relationship between the idea and the money.

Registration for the Black Founders Conference is free to all SXSW Badge Holders and only $100 without a badge. 


Panelist
avatar for Lisa Nicole Bell

Lisa Nicole Bell

Named a Strong Entrepreneur to Follow on Twitter by Women 2.0, @Lisa Nicole Bell is an award-winning content creator who uses media to move the social and economic progress agendas forward. As an entrepreneur, on camera personality, international speaker, and executive producer, Lisa creates media properties that enrich and entertain audiences across multipleplatforms including film, television, new media, and publishing. Lisa is the founder... Read More →
avatar for Felecia Hatcher

Felecia Hatcher

Founder, Black Tech Week/Code Fever
@Felecia Hatcher is the author of How to Start a Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget, a social entrepreneur and the Chief Popsicle of Feverish Ice Cream & Gourmet Pops. Before launching Feverish, Felecia worked as a experiential marketing manager for Nintendo, Sony and the WNBA. Hatcher has been honored by the White House as one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurs under 30, Featured on the NBC Today Show, The Cooking Channel, Essence Magazine, Black... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

5:00pm

Teaching Cheetahs: Disruptive Education in Africa

The discussion will focus on bringing to light some of the innovative ideas being put into practice on the African continent to build leadership and management capacity thus enabling African to fully take advantage of its accelerating growth trajectory. Creating and expanding opportunities for youth engagement, education and empowerment is especially important in Africa since it is the youngest continent on the planet, with over 70% of its population under 30.

The panel will use examples of institutions and initiatives with unique and innovative approaches to closing Africa’s education gap. Leveraging tools that range from text message based test prep to ‘pay-it-forward’ funding for higher education, these organizations will provide the audience with a glimpse into the rapidly evolving landscape of African education and how it will affect the continents leadership going forward.

 


Moderators
avatar for John Kidenda

John Kidenda

@John Kidenda is the Vice Chairman of the Board at the African Leadership Bridge, an Austin based Non-profit that provides scholarships to students from Africa to study in the US. He is also a senior associate at the Advisory Board Company. He is deeply passionate about education in Africa and has been researching the topic for a number of years. He is currently working on a project to increase access to quality high school education in Africa... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Christopher Khaemba

Christopher Khaemba

@Christopher Situma Khaemba is a Kenyan educator, former headmaster of Alliance High School, and the current Dean of the African Leadership Academy in South Africa. He moved from Alliance to become the founding Dean at the South Africa-based academy in 2008. Widely regarded as one of Africa's leading educationists, Khaemba was named the head administrator of the new institution at its inception in September 2008. He had served as Principal of... Read More →
avatar for Christy Pipkin

Christy Pipkin

As the Executive Director of the The Nobelity Project, @Christy Pipkin works to bring the non-profit’s initiatives to fruition — creating motivating documentaries and short films, helming educational outreach in the US and abroad, and maintaining oversight on development projects around the world.  
avatar for Rick Reeder

Rick Reeder

@Rick Reeder started the African Leadership Bridge in 2007 after deciding to create an opportunity for the next generation of African leaders. Those individuals will serve their continent instead of themselves. Mr. Reeder is also a Senior Consultant at Dell and is President of the Board of Directors for the Austin Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure.  


Friday March 8, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701
 
Saturday, March 9
 

8:00am

The New Art of Conference Networking: #Hashtags to Handshakes.

Networking at large events can be tough if you are not prepared. Have you ever found yourself wanting to connect with someone, but hesitated because you felt you didn’t have anything to offer them? Have you ever made a connection at an event but didn’t know what to do in order to keep the relationship going over time? If you answered, “Yes” to any of these questions, you will benefit from Mike Ambassador Bruny’s interactive presentation, “The New Art of Conference Networking: Hashtags to Handshakes.”

During this session you will get practical steps that will cover everything from, what you should do before you come to a conference, how to follow-up and what to do now that you are actually at SXSW. By the time you leave this session you will be clear on what you have to offer in every networking situation, the 2 most powerful questions you can ask anyone you meet and the 3 mindsets that will help make connecting with other natural.

 


Moderators
avatar for Mike Ambassador Bruny

Mike Ambassador Bruny

Run the Point Enterprises
@Mike Ambassador Bruny is a conference networking speaker, certified life coach and author who works with conference bound professionals who have a lot to offer, but have a hard time making connections in big groups.  He helps them save time and money by teaching them how to leverage their strengths to build the kind of relationships that will move their businesses and personal goals forward.  This is done by teaching them to build contacts... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
BiT House | Creekside Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

9:00am

Call of Duty: How STEM Can Change the Battlefield

With the next generation of warfighters taking on the face of a video gamer in the States vs. a camouflaged soldier in the battlefield, STEM skills are increasingly important to today’s military in order to continue protecting those that protect us. Activity-based intelligence, IT security infrastructure, drone navigation, “invisible” armor, aerial sensors – it’s not “virtual reality”; it’s the critical engineering needed in the defense world. But maintaining it is proving to be a challenge. It’s not just that talent is going elsewhere; there’s a considerable lack of female and minority representation in the field. Hear why defense company BAE Systems CIO Michael Bennett is touting STEM as the “great equalizer”, and how his industry is using social media to attract employees to defense-related professions that would typically take their tech talent to traditionally-digital companies.

 


Panelist
avatar for Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

@Michael Bennett is Senior Vice President of Information Management and the Chief Information Officer of BAE Systems responsible for all BAE Systems, Inc. IT policy, security and execution. He also leads the development and implementation of information technology strategy across the enterprise. Prior to this position, Michael was the Vice President and General Manager of the Information Solutions Line of Business, Enterprise Solutions Business... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 9:00am - 9:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown 500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:30am

Food, Faith & Fitness: The Digital Holy Trinity
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as we examine the exploding field of fitness and food blogging as well as its intersection with identifying as a blogger of faith. We will explore how social media is disrupting the traditional business models of personal training and nutrition planning, and enabling everyday people to become sources of information on health and nutrition.

Additionally, we will understand how social media has created a border-free “church” where folks on a fitness journey can fellowship, encourage, and inspire one another, and provide tips for content creators interested in excelling in this quickly growing field. Lastly, we will highlight why the particular intersection of food, fitness and faith is resonating with so many people around the world, and guide the audience in starting their own fitness journey.

 


Moderators
avatar for Kevin Alexander

Kevin Alexander

Founder, Fit Men Cook
Kevin Alexander is a fitness enthusiast based in Dallas, TX.  His ah-ha moment happened when he saw a photo of himself on his friend’s Facebook—he was overweight, felt sluggish, and his blood pressure was steadily rising. So, he did what many people try to do—he started exercising to try to “out train” a poor diet. Kevin quickly learned that if he was going to accomplish his fitness goals, it would have to be... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Massiel Aries

Massiel Aries

@Massiel “Massy” Arias, also known as mankofit, is a 24-year old personal trainer located in New York City who has become a social network celebrity in the online fitness community. The 24 year old was born in the Dominican Republic and came to reside in the United States at the age of 13.  While she exercised periodically as a young teenager, it was not until 22 that she began to take fitness seriously and adopt healthy... Read More →
avatar for Adonis Hill

Adonis Hill

@Adonis Hill was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised by his mother in a single parent household.  Adonis was not always into physical activities, actually he was chubby growing up - most called it stocky - until a twist of events happened in his life. At the age of 26 he was given the blessing of opening a Quiznos restaurant with his aunt in Brooklyn, which allowed him to quit his job as an EMT for the New York City Fire Department.  He and... Read More →
avatar for Dionne Ross

Dionne Ross

@Dionne Ross is Fitness and Wellness. Whether instructing a fitness class at a gym or encouraging wellness at a women's conference, you will find Dionne igniting people to exercise while having fun. Dionne has taught fitness classes across Texas ranging from kickboxing to yoga and her popularity continues to grow. It is Dionne's genuine enthusiasm that makes her a true motivator bringing to her audience a fresh and relevant perspective on... Read More →
avatar for Andia Winslow

Andia Winslow

Professional Athlete & Founder, The Fit Cycle
"Andia Winslow's Viral #TheFitCycle Are Smartest, Sexiest Workout Videos Ever" --Forbes | @Andia Winslow, Yale alumna and host of The Fit Cycle, is both a Professional Golfer and a passionate Certified Fitness Professional. She believes that "the best experiences are those that are shared" and is known for her creation of innovative training programs and fitness movies that encourage healthy consumption, injury prevention and total athletic... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

9:30am

Intellectual Property for Dummies: When to Patent, Trade Secret, and Copyright Your Product
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel focuses on Intellectual Property for Start-ups. During the presentation Practioners, In-house Counsel at major companies and a Startup founder will discuss common pitfalls for startups. Orrick Firm will lead the talk discussing what is IP. When do you need a patent, trademark, etc. Then we will segway to a conversation on practical experience.


Moderators
avatar for Nnena Ukuku

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 within the San Francisco Bar Association. She enjoys dancing (tango), writing plays, cooking and singing. She also enjoys filling her home with food... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Karl Mendes

Karl Mendes

@Karl Mendes is a web developer specialized in front-end development.  
avatar for Warrington Parker

Warrington Parker

@Warrington S. Parker, a partner in Orrick's San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, is a member of the Litigation Group. Mr. Parker's practice focuses on the representation of defendants and plaintiffs in litigation matters and appeals, including criminal matters, trade secrets misappropriation and commercial disputes. He also has argued numerous cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and California Court of Appeal. The... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Spanhake

Shannon Spanhake

@Shannon Spanhake is the Deputy Innovation Officer for the Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the City and County of San Francisco. Her focus is on using innovation to enable job creation, citizen engagement, and urban revitalization. Prior to this role, Spanhake worked at a startup founded with her patent-pending environmental technology, for which she was named a Semi-Finalist in the Buckminster Fuller inventors competition. Before this... Read More →
avatar for Sid Venkatesan

Sid Venkatesan

@Mr. Siddhartha Venkatesan is an associate in Orrick's Intellectual Property Group.  Mr. Venkatesan's practice focuses on high stakes, highly complex patent and trade secrets litigation on behalf of technology companies located in Silicon Valley and internationally.  Mr. Venkatesan has represented clients in federal and state court as well as before the International Trade Commission. Mr. Venkatesan also counsels technology companies on... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

9:30am

The $100bn Mobile Bullet Train Called Africa

Innovation in Africa is the purest form: innovation out of necessity. Not Angry Birds, the innovations emerging from Africa allow farmers to check where they can get the best price for their produce, fishermen to be warned about storms, people to check whether medicines they are buying have expired, and rural cellphone users to send mobile money to each other using text messages. Even the pay-as-you-go payment system was pioneered in Africa.

Mobile phones are one of the great success stories of the world, and nowhere is this more evident than in Africa. They are the 21st century equivalent of the railroad. Except it’s a bullet train. Africa is the world’s fastest growing telecoms market, second in size only to Asia. More people in Africa have a mobile phone than electricity. Africa is a mobile-first continent, but it really is a mobile-only continent.

 


Panelist
avatar for Gareth Knight

Gareth Knight

Founder, Evangelist, Tech4Africa
@Gareth Knight is a technology entrepreneur. Educated as a zoologist, he is a veteran of two dot com bubbles in London, one acquisition (Kindo > MyHeritage), and now runs Technovated Wedo, which has “pivoted” into a fast growing niched-ecommerce business, and is backed by respected investors in London and South Africa. Gareth is also the founder of Tech4Africa, the premier mobile, web & emerging technology event, bringing global perspective... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701

10:30am

Stomp the Divide: A Blueprint for Creating Tech Thought Leaders
Limited Capacity seats available

Communities that are focused on minority techs are popping up everywhere to drive conversations and shift perceptions. Engineers and technologists of color in these communities are constantly engaging in thoughtful and technical conversations in order to advance individual and cultural knowledge but also to change the perception of minority techs from the inside and the outside. Out of these communities we must produce tech thought leaders. Highly knowledgeable individuals that are at the forefront of cutting edge technology. Join the discussion as we highlight four (4) Tech Trailblazers as they share their expertise on building communities and the future of organizing the black tech community for greater success.

These tech trailblazers are people you should know or get to know if you are in technology. They don't just talk a good game, they are strategic thinkers with a track record of execution and success. They have the wisdom, will, passion, dedication, and expertise in their respective domain to build a community of new leaders and followers to stomp the divide.

 


Moderators
avatar for Greg Greenlee

Greg Greenlee

Founder, Blacks In Technology
Greg Greenlee is a Systems Engineer with over 14 years of IT experience. He is also the founder of the Blacks In Technology organization Blacks In Technology is a tech focused community and media organization focused on increasing diversity in technology. Blacks In Technology's mission is to increase visibility, participation, and change the perception of people of African descent in technology through community focused activities, events and... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett

@Chris Bennett is the co-founder and CEO of Soldsie (formerly Central.ly), a social commerce tool for retailers, letting business owners post products for sale right on their Facebook pages. He is passionate about social change, innovation, and the Internet. He has a background founding businesses from an early age and his last startup, LiquidBooks, was a success on the University of Pennsylvania campus. In his free time, he loves to travel, swap... Read More →
avatar for Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson

A native of the Washington Metro area, @Christine Johnson champions ensuring the gamut of diversity in the tech startup and entrepreneurship landscape through her organization IamDTech (formerly DiversiTech). Noted on top 10 lists for women changing the tech scene by various publications, her efforts with I amDTech have been noted in Washington Business Journal, Black Enterprise, Silicon Bayou, Tech Crunch and others nationally. IamDTech ("I am... Read More →
avatar for Ayori Selassie

Ayori Selassie

@Ayori Selassie (Product Manager, salesforce.com | Founder, Intuitive Interactive | Founder/Exec Director, Pitch Mixer)
, Self taught developer since age 11 and first founder at age 16, Ayori spent the last 5 years at salesforce.com building business solutions for Human Resources and Customer Support Divisions, she also runs the Black Employee Network affinity group there. Her passion for startups led her to start Pitch Mixer Entrepreneur... Read More →
avatar for Navarrow Wright

Navarrow Wright

Chief Technology Officer, Interactive One
@Navarrow Wright is the Chief Technology Officer of Interactive One, a digital media company focusing on the African-American and urban market. Mr. Wright has emerged as one of the distinctive and insightful voices in America and a premier expert on how the convergence of technology, the Internet, mass media and social media can change lives, businesses and society. Previously, Wright founded Maximum Leverage Solutions, a firm that delivers... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

10:30am

This Changes Things: The Digital Community is the New Black
Limited Capacity seats available

Once upon a time, the “black community” was a physical place. Then along came integration and the physical definition was lifted as individuals dispersed to where ever their means could carry them. The dispersion carried advantages and disadvantages. This session explores how the digital landscape has impacted the nature of “community” making it possible to gain strength in numbers virtually as well as mask race when deemed necessary. The panel will explore the impact on culture and commerce from three perspectives: academic, corporate and social.

In this panel, we seek to bridge the divide between what is Black and what is Digital from different perspectives. Our panelists have spent decades working on various aspects of the Black Experience including technology, public health, consumption, religion, and socialization. Moreover, each of these experts have migrated their research, teaching, and consulting to the Digital space as it has become more prominent in the everyday lives of people kissed by nature’s sun.

 


Moderators
avatar for Kevin Thomas, Ph.D.

Kevin Thomas, Ph.D.

University of Texas at Austin
@Kevin Thomas, Ph.D. (Austin, TX) is an Assistant Professor of Advertising at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches a course on Online Consumer Insight using Netnographic research techniques. Dr. Thomas investigates the socio-cultural impact of marketing communication and consumer behavior. His primary research interest pertains to understanding the relationship between marketing communication, consumption practices, and notions of... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Akon Ekpo, Ph.D.

Akon Ekpo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University
@Akon Elizabeth Ekpo, Ph.D. (Chicago, IL) is an Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University, who leverages her background in information technology to teach courses on Digital Marketing, Social Media Strategy, and Online Consumer Behavior.  She has over ten years of experience in the IT field as a software developer and project manager, and leverages her IT background for her research on the varied uses of technology by historically... Read More →
avatar for Sonya A. Grier, Ph.D.

Sonya A. Grier, Ph.D.

@Sonya A. Grier, Ph.D. (Washington, DC) is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Kogod School of Business, American University. She conducts interdisciplinary research on topics related to the influence of social context on consumer response to targeted marketing efforts, and the societal impact of targeted marketing efforts (both commercial and social), within and across cultures and countries. In this research, she examines targeted... Read More →
avatar for Lauren D. McCadney

Lauren D. McCadney

@Lauren D. McCadney (Chicago, IL / Austin, TX) is an accomplished marketing professional with corporate and academic experience.  Currently she is the architect of CDW’s social media strategy. Her reputation as an innovative marketer has resulted in several industry recognitions including being named the “2010 Small Business Marketer of the Year” by the Corporate Executive Board and “2012 Top 25 Digital... Read More →
avatar for Carl D. West

Carl D. West

@Carl D. West  (Chicago, IL) is the CEO of MG Media, publisher of TBTNewsService, a daily online news and information media outlet delivering premium content, whose premise is to connect with and profile future global leaders. Mr. West has expanded from publishing of The TRUTH magazine, a hip hop culture publication, TBTNewsService and producer of The TRUTH Hip Hop/R&B Awards, into philanthropy as the Executive Director and Founder of... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

11:00am

Importance of Diversity in Austin's Tech Community

Austin is a town of contradiction and transition. The juxtaposition of a fiercely liberal town set on a conservative backdrop creates the friction that much of the town's creative fire sparks from, and much of its charm. The Silicon Hills are a secret no more--in Austin, growth and change is a constant.

The Capitol City sets itself apart from other startup hubs with a diversity of culture that mitigates groupthink and "me too" ventures. But how does the Austin Tech Community fare in its physical diversity makeup among women and under-represented minorities? Does it matter?

This panel will bring together Austin-based female and under-represented minority business executives, to discuss and debate the impact of diversity in the development of the Austin Technology community.


Moderators
avatar for Mark Phillip

Mark Phillip

CEO/Founder, Are You Watching This?!
@Mark Phillip is a Brooklyn-born MIT dropout using technology to build brands. He is the Founder of RUWT? Sports, a technology company based in Austin, Texas. With sports alerts for consumers and scheduling services for sports bars, it guarantees that no fan ever misses an instant classic.

Panelist
avatar for Natalie Cofield

Natalie Cofield

A native of Rochester, New York, @Natalie Madeira Cofield currently serves as the President & CEO of the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce in Austin, TX, a regional entity that focuses on economic development, supplier diversity, business and community relations on behalf of the Greater Austin African American community. Through her role, Cofield travels domestically and internationally promoting Austin for business... Read More →
avatar for Garann Means

Garann Means

@Garann Means returned to frontend development three years ago after spending several years working on backends. She started the Austin All-Girl Hack Night and teaches women to code as an instructor for Girl Develop It Austin. When she's not writing JavaScript, she's often operating some sort of power tool as she remodels her 111-year-old house.
avatar for Gerardo Treviño

Gerardo Treviño

@Gerardo Treviño is the founder and CEO of Paybook which brings a unique way to collaborate your personal and business finances. Paybook offers total visibility to all your banking accounts, checking, savings, credit cards, investment, etc. allowing you to track your expenses securely online or thru your mobile. Plan trips, share transactions, take control over your home expenses and get those specific reports that will help you to... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown 500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

11:30am

Digital Penetration: Love & Sex for Overachievers
Limited Capacity seats available

In the age of geeky chic and nerdy cool, brands are tapping into the global affinity for the highly intelligent audience. While there are plenty of resources to help high achievers with their careers and businesses, there is still a dearth of resources to help the driven with their love and sex lives. In this lively discussion, writer-entrepreneurs Kaneisha Grayson and Arielle Loren will discuss how they penetrated the digital landscape of love and sex advice. They will explore the existing and emerging opportunities, benefits, and challenges of helping highly accomplished women and men unleash their sexiness and get the dating and mating education that you can’t get in the ivory tower. Kaneisha Grayson is a Harvard MBA, author of Be Your Own Boyfriend, and founder of coaching and consulting firm Love & Achievement LLC. Arielle Loren is the founder of sexuality magazine CORSET, documentary filmmaker of the award-winning film Bideology, a sexuality writer, and a NYU graduate.


Moderators
avatar for Kaneisha Grayson

Kaneisha Grayson

@Kaneisha Grayson is an author, speaker, and coach for Millennials who want to build lives of love and achievement. Through her business Love & Achievement LLC, she teaches the art of self-love, principles for successful self-employment, and strategies for gaining admission to top MBA & MPP programs. Her first book, Be Your Own Boyfriend: Decide to Be Happy, Unleash Your Sexy, and Change Your Life, is a self-love manifesta to help women... Read More →

Panelist
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Arielle Loren

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Corset Magazine
@Arielle Loren is a sexuality thought leader, writer, and filmmaker, who has dedicated her career to empowering dialogue about sex. Her work has been featured and praised by The Huffington Post, NPR, Jezebel, NBC News (The Grio), BET, EBONY, The Root, and Clutch Magazine. In 2012, she sat as one of three panelists on the “Erotica Out In The Open” panel for BlogHer, the largest conference in the world for women in social media. The... Read More →
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Damon Young

Contributing Editor, EBONY.com
Pittsburgh native @Damon Young is a co-founder of the award-winning VerySmartBrothas, co-author of two books: Your Degrees Won’t Keep You Warm At Night: The Very Smart Brothas Guide to Dating, Mating, and Fighting Crime, and the upcoming The Very Smart Brothas Guide to Bougie Black People. He is a contributing editor at Ebony.com. He was named to Ebony Magazine’s 2011 Annual Power 100 list, and his work has been featured and can be... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 11:30am - 12:30am
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

11:30am

Frugal Innovation: The Challenges and Opportunities of Technology in Africa
Limited Capacity seats available

The global technological landscape is shifting. This is perhaps most felt in Africa, where the challenges and the opportunities for a technology-driven future are great. ThoughtWorks opened our first African offices in Johannesburg and Kampala last year with a fierce social agenda to create a more inclusive tech community. At the heart of all of our activities is the practice of Frugal Innovation.
 
We will discuss what Frugal Innovation is as illustrated by the panelists’ experiences and observations. Partnerships and platforms are informed by keeping Frugal Innovation at the forefront.  A greater emphasis is put on open source technologies and projects that will reach a greater audience via regionally-prevalent technologies like SMS.

We hope that the attendees of BiTHOUSE will leave with a better understanding of how we, as individuals and as organizations, can make a difference in the industry.


Panelist
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Montra Ellis

@Montra Ellis is a Project Manager at ThoughtWorks. She brings experience in analysis, Agile best practices, functional design, analyzing and resolving business issues, software development testing, and managing both client and internal relationships at all levels of the organization.
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Michael Martin

Senior Strategy Consultant, ThoughtWorks, Inc.
@Michael Martin is an author, speaker and principal strategy consultant for ThoughtWorks, Inc. Michael has consulted in the software industry since the mid 90's. Michael has coached and consulted with numerous Fortune 500 clients over the years, with an emphasis on IT transformation strategies, along with the promotion of effective project/program management techniques . He joined ThoughtWorks in 2000 and will serve as moderator for this panel.
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Damilola Olutayo

Software Engineer, ThoughtWorks Inc.
@Damilola Olutayo is a developer at ThoughtWorks. She has helped clients solve problems in a variety of domains from investment banking, diamond grading, to telecommunications and vehicle wholesale. She was a trainer at ThoughtWorks' internal training program in India as well as at a skill building course for a group of developers and students in Kampala, Uganda. Damilola was born and raised in Nigeria, visits regularly, and is looking forward to... Read More →
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Rebecca Parsons

CTO, ThoughtWorks
@Dr. Rebecca Parsons is ThoughtWorks' Chief Technology Officer. She has more than 20 years' application development experience, in industries ranging from telecommunications to emergent internet services. Rebecca has published in both language and artificial intelligence publications, served on numerous program committees, and reviews for several journals. She has extensive experience leading in the creation of large-scale distributed object... Read More →
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Toby Shapshak

Editor + Publisher, Stuff
@Toby Shapshak is the editor and publisher of Stuff magazine; and is a contributing editor for Business Day's Wanted magazine. Toby was named in GQ's top 30 men in media and the M&G's 300 influential young South Africans list in 2009; and was the ICT Journalist of the Year. He has been the Mail & Guardian's technology and sports editor, ran the M&G website when it was the first news site in Africa, shadowed Nelson Mandela... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 11:30am - 12:30am
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

12:30pm

Make Your Brain Twerk: Using Creativity, Humor and Tech
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you wish your brand was funnier? Are you seeking to create a brand that not only inspires but also entertains? Are ready to do some epic sh*t and rock the interwebs? Then this is definitely the panel you been looking for.

This panel will discuss scientifically proven strategies and techniques you can use to direct your mind to accomplish your life’s mission. We will show you ways to instantly tap into your creativity, how to be funny even if your not and use technology to share your ideas and message. Join Will Hatcher and Luvvie Ajayi, two of the nations top tech comedians as they discuss the intersection between comedy and tech.

 


Moderators
avatar for Will Hatcher

Will Hatcher

ceo, bubble health
Comedian, Social Entrepreneur and Author- @Will Hatcher is on a mission to change the trajectory of comedy through technology and at the same time change technology through comedy. His mission to make people laugh by any means necessary has led him to being featured on MTV, BET, CNN, the Huffington Post and several national commercials. In 2007 Hatcher launched Delicious Bath Water, a tech driven sketch comedy site and production... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi

Writer/Social Media Strategist, Awesomely Luvvie
@Luvvie Ajayi is a writer and social media strategist who’s been blogging for 10 years. AwesomelyLuvvie is her award-winning pop culture and humor blog. Luvvie’s a former columnist for EBONY.com and has contributed her writing to Clutch Magazine and Uptown Magazine. She’s also winner of the Women’s Media Center 2012 Social Media Award.
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Kevin Avery

@Kevin Avery has most recently appeared on FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell | where he is also the show’s head writer. He is also the writer, star, and executive producer of the award-winning short film Thugs, The Musical, which also featured David Alan Grier, Margaret Cho, Rachel True, and rapper Prodigal Sunn. Kevin is also the creator of the web series Kevin Avery’s Obsessed, as well as... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

12:30pm

NewMe: Accelerate. Educate. Empower
Limited Capacity seats available

NewME identifies undiscovered entrepreneurial talent from demographics that are currently underrepresented in the technology industry (African-American, Latino, Women) and accelerates their success through key touchpoints: NewME Accelerator, NewME Community, and other programming.  Join NewME Insiders, Terry Likens founder of TellAPathy, Kai Dupé founder of Kai Dupé Productions, LLC., and Luissette Figueroa CEO of Health Innovators Systems and learn how NewME can help you achieve your entrepreneurial dreams.

 


Moderators
avatar for Terry Likens

Terry Likens

@Terry Likens is the fonder of TellAPathy is the tool set that minimizes the barriers between mental health professionals and their patients by providing video teleconference , from ANY platform, Patient driven baseline and emotion capturing tools. | | Besides the fact I have been known to be a little like Bill Murray's ever loving character "Bob Wiley" from that comedy classic "What about Bob?" I recognize that mental health is a large... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Kai Dupé

Kai Dupé

Owner, Kai Dupé Productions
@Kai Dupe has over 25 years of experience in the information technology field as a professional software engineer and over 10 years experience as a technical trainer.  He is an evangelist for the use of technology in communities of color and an advocate for helping African American men reach their potential | | Kai is also a doctoral student at Pepperdine University where he is conducting research on the under representation of African... Read More →
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Luissette Figueroa

CEO, Health Innovators Systems
@Luissette Figueroa is the CEO/Co-founder of Health Innovators Systems, software engineer, entrepreneur, health IT geek, blogger, patient advocate, woman advocate, minority advocate, and military advocate. She is definitely passionate about technology and healthcare - follow her blog. | | Health Innovators Systems, Inc. specializes in health information technology. Our mission is to centralize medical services to empower patients and... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

1:30pm

Generation Change: A Lesson From Junior Innovators
Limited Capacity seats available

Kids are keenly perceptive, ambitiously creative, and fearlessly bold. As we move
forward in design thinking and innovation, the simplicity, purity and intense
curiosity of the child mind may very well hold the key to some of the world's
largest problems. These young pioneers will share insight on problem solving,
social consciousness, and making the world a better place.


Moderators
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Jehmu Greene

Jehmu Greene is an evangelist for disenfranchised and marginalized communities. As President of JSG Strategies, Jehmu provides advocacy and media consulting to campaigns, non-profits, corporations and celebrities. She also serves as a Fox News Contributor, where she provides analysis and opinion on political and social issues.  Jehmu served as president of the Women's Media Center from 2009-2010, where she worked with co-founders Jane... Read More →

Panelist
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Tanishq Abraham

Founding Vice President, American River College Astronomy Club ; Special Medical Correspondent, The Doctors (CBS), Science For All !
Tanishq, a 9 year old child prodigy and science enthusiast, displayed exceptional intellectual abilities at a very early age. At age 7, he enrolled at American River College becoming the youngest student ever to enroll in on-campus graded courses at the college. Tanishq joined Mensa at 4 yrs old and when his younger sister, Tiara became a member of Mensa in 2010, the two became the youngest siblings to join the high-IQ society. Tanishq has... Read More →
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Hart Main

CEO, ManCans
Hart Main – 15 year old candle maker and owner of Man Cans. Hart Main started his business at the age of 13 with a $100 investment making ‘manly candles’ in his kitchen after school. The candles are made in recycled soup cans, from soup that is first donated to local homeless shelters. Hart has provided over 50,000 meals to date through Man Cans.
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Enzo Monfre

Founder, Enzoology Education
Enzo Monfre – 12 year old Founder of Enzoology Education and Exploration Nation. At only 7 years old, Enzo Monfre wanted to have his science show. What started as a few uploads to YouTube has since developed into an award winning, instruction program to help ignite and sustain the love of science in elementary and middle school students. Enzo has been featured on Ellen DeGeneres, NBC News, Forbes, Time, Scientific American and many... Read More →
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Mikaila Ulmer

Owner, BeeSweet Lemonade
Mikaila Ulmer – 8 year old owner of BeeSweet Lemonade and 2012 Teenpreneur of the Year Award Recipient. Mikaila Ulmer started her lemonade company at the tender age of 4 when her fascination with bees and honey got a boost from her great-grandmother’s 1946 Flax seed Lemonade recipe. BeeSweet Lemonade is a premium old-fashion lemonade sweetened with local Texas honey and 100% pure cane sugar. The lemonade is infused with flax seed and mint... Read More →
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Victoria Walker

Founder, CEO, RodeDog
Victoria Walker – 12 year old winner of the AT&T hackathon. At the age of 11, Victoria Walker bested nearly 120 professional computer developers at a competitive hackathon, winning $20,000 to further develop a mobile app and market it. The competition, sponsored by AT&T, challenged developers to create an app to reduce distracted driving.  Walker’s app "Rode Dog" enables users within pre-established social networks... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

1:30pm

Serving the People: How Social Media and Technology Enhances Civic Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

Civic engagement is a critical element of our democratic process. The opportunity provided by the adaption of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, as evidenced by the successful deployment of the Obama Campaign and Administration is clear and compelling. It has many potential benefits for public policy professionals by increasing public value in the form of better public decisions that accurately reflect local input and expectations. Additionally, civic engagement increases the capacity of a society to understand the decision making processes agencies use when seeking solutions for complex issues.

This panel will discuss the emergence of sophisticated online tools and platforms that support large-scale collaboration and dialogue. We discuss and dissect concrete examples of social media as a low-cost technical tool of empowerment for increasing civic engagement, and at the same time, lowering the barrier for participation by citizens. 

 


Moderators
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Shuronda Robinson

@Shuronda Robinson is a passionate and gifted coach and speaker, she brings complete clarity to her clients on what it takes to live a life filled with JOY. Shuronda is the CEO and Founder of the Joyful Living Center, which is dedicated to providing cutting edge law of attraction workshops, seminars and teaching materials to people throughout the world. Shuronda has studied with internationally known speakers and best selling personal development... Read More →

Panelist
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Sheryl Cole

First elected in 2006, @Sheryl Cole is the first African American woman elected to the Austin City Council. A resident of Austin for over 25 years, Sheryl earned her B.A. in accounting from the University of Texas and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1986, working for two years with the Big Five accounting firm Ernst & Young. In 1989, Sheryl returned to the University of Texas for law school, earning her J.D. in 1991 and joining the... Read More →
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Douglas Matthews

Chief Communications Director, City of Austin
@Douglas Matthews has led a career focused on enhancing government effectiveness through open and active community engagement, partnerships and communication. His specialties include: development of strategic public/private/nonprofit partnerships, strategic communication planning and implementation, community surveying and visioning, capital and operational budgeting, economic development and community marketing, neighborhood-based engagement... Read More →
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Marquita Sanders

@Marquita Sanders most recently served as the Director of Volunteer Operations for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee for the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. In this capacity, she and her team recruited and trained over 50,000 volunteers to assist in the successful execution of the historic event in our nation’s Capital. Prior to joining the Inaugural Committee, Ms. Sanders worked as the... Read More →
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Joah Spearman

@Joah Spearman is an Austin, Texas-based entrepreneur, strategic advisor, and frequent public speaker and writer. His book “Real Role Models” was published by University of Texas Press. He is also a frequent contributor to Huffington Post. Currently, Joah is co-founder of live experiential marketing startup AvecMode, which created the style component of South by Southwest Festival and counts ESPN X Games as a global client. Over the... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

2:30pm

ADVERTISING EXPOSED: What Happens When the Mainstream Dries Up?
Limited Capacity seats available

Advertising industry leaders from the brand, agency and technology sides will gather to discuss how terms like “general market” and “mainstream” are no longer valid and to reveal the ways they, as leaders, have adjusted given this new reality. Join Detavio Samuels – President of GlobalHue Detroit, Andrew Hampp – Advertising and Marketing Editor of Billboard Magazine, Seiji Carpenter – VP of David Binder Research, Greg Warren – VP of Creative at Walmart, Kim Adams House – Head of Jeep Advertising at Chrysler, and Richie Cruz – Lifestyle Marketing Specialist at Pepsi in this revealing discussion of what happens when the mainstream dries up.


Moderators
avatar for Detavio Samuels

Detavio Samuels

GlobalHue
@Detavio R. Samuels, President at GlobalHue-Detroit, is an accomplished marketer with experience on both the client and agency side of the business. He spends his time dedicated to one purpose: unlocking human and brand potential. In his current capacity, Samuels is responsible for the overall management, strategic vision and growth of the accounts within the Detroit office covering automotive, lending, insurance, sports, public sector... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Seiji Carpenter

Seiji Carpenter

VP, David Binder Research
@Seiji Carpenter specializes in quantitative analysis for David Binder Research – a leading research and consulting firm. In his non-research life, Seiji has become a recognized leader in the nationwide effort to mobilize more young people to get involved in politics. He also writes for Flavorpill which provides “filtered cultural stimuli” from key global cities.
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Richie Cruz

Lifestyle Marketing Specialist, PepsiCo
@Richie Cruz leads all lifestyle-focused digital and experiential marketingprograms across the family of LRB brands – including Pepsi, Mountain Dewand Brisk. Prior to working with PepsiCo, Cruz spent several years as aDigital Marketing Strategist for companies such as AgencyNet, VitalMarketing and Virgin Records.
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Andrew Hampp

Senior Branding Correspondent, Billboard
Andrew Hampp is Billboard’s senior correspondent, focusing on the intersections of music, branding, advertising and business. Since 2011, he’s helped unearth trends and report cover stories on notable personalities from Guy Oseary, Troy Carter & Scooter Braun to features on P!nk, Mariah Carey and Ryan Tedder to this year’s Power 100 chart-toppers Beyonce & Jay Z. Previously, he spent five years covering media, entertainment and marketing... Read More →
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Kim Adams House

@Kim Adams House was appointed Head of Jeep Product Marketing Compass and Patriot in 2009. Ms. Adams House is responsible for product positioning, pricing, marketing programs and promotions, brand product requirements and profit planning. She is also responsible for Jeep Brand image, positioning, analysis, accessories, merchandising and owner clubs. | |
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Greg Warren

@Greg Warren spearheads Walmart’s advertising, design, media and public relations efforts in the US. In his past career he spent 4 years as President of Client Services for Starcom MediaVest Group, overseeing client services for Walmart, Capital One, Starwood, and Continental. 


Saturday March 9, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

2:30pm

Elevate the Game: Maverick Women Recode the Future of Gaming
Limited Capacity seats available

Violence and war games rule the day.  Adventures in making the world a better place rule the future. The panel will chronicle the evolution of gaming from entertainment to philanthropy.  The panelists will discuss how gaming can bring awareness to issues of respecting women, self-esteem and female image.  The panelists will discuss the opportunities to connect digital natives and their voice to organizations and institutions through interactive media.  We will discuss raising the bar on interactivity and doing something while we’re saying something.


Moderators
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Nicole Valentine

CEO, Synergy Business Development, Inc.
@Nicole Valentine, Esq. is a lawyer, strategist and business development expert whose sweet spot is start-up venture structuring and development.  Founder of Synergy Business Development Inc., a New York based business strategy company, Valentine's background in private equity and public M&A provides the framework for early stage companies positioning for exponential growth.  Valentine's reach is global and touches multiple industries. She... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for HaJ

HaJ

Creator & Founder, Tickles.TV & Urban Chameleon Media
@HaJ, is an Emmy nominated film, video and interactive media producer who creates impactful niche media content for broad audiences. HaJ has developed her craft through working at Sony Pictures as part of the development team, which produced the feature films, Jarhead, Stuart Little, Bewitched and the Academy Award nominated Memoirs of a Geisha. In 2007, HaJ founded TICKLES.TV “Entertainment for the... Read More →
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Ayoka Chenzira

@Ayoka Chenzira (Ayo) is one of the first African American women to write, produce and direct a 35mm feature film, Alma’s Rainbow. Her films and digital media projects have been exhibited internationally. Ayoka is also the first African American female animator. When she's not partnering up with acclaimed best-selling author Pearl Cleage to bring her novels to the screen, in what has been dubbed The Pearl Cleage Film Project, filmmaker and... Read More →
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Sabrina Harvey

Co-Founder & Chief Content Creator, Art of Genius/Women Interactive
@Sabrina Harvey is a singer/songwriter who has released various projects overseas and has toured and or worked with musicians including Sugarland, Common and Kanye West. Her love of music and her use of technology to complete her musical projects fueled her desire to delve more into the digital space. | | Sabrina is now the Chief Creative Officer of Art of Genius Tech Education Company and Co-Founder of Women Interactive, the first creative... Read More →
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Pamela Jennings

CEO/Founder, Noblewire, LLC
@Pamela L. Jennings, PhD CEO/Founder of Noblewire, LLC a start-up company, supported by the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, develops wireless solutions on the 2.4 GHz spectrum for consumer electronic products in gaming, personal healthcare, and athletic training.  Jennings is a former National Science Foundation Program Officer. There she led the NSF CreativeIT and co-managed the Human Centered... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

3:30pm

Is Your Digital Ready for the Minority Majority?

In May 2012 the US Census Bureau reported that for the first time in history minority newborn children outpaced whites, ushering in the new American reality known as “The Minority Majority”. For many, the Bureau’s observation was little more than confirmation of a cultural shift building in the US for several decades.

Without mistake, the infusion of minority cultures has made a vibrant and certain mark on TV, music, language, food and even names in this country. Yet the digital strategies of countless (otherwise) forward-thinking companies fail to account for this new reality, limiting their ability to genuinely connect with contemporary American consumers. How does your digital strategy compare?

Through an inventive analysis of data we will construct the case for a break from traditional “general market” advertising, learn from some unfortunate missteps, and explore opportunities for improved marketing in today’s new America.

 


Saturday March 9, 2013 3:30pm - 3:45pm
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

3:30pm

SoLoMo: Social, Local and Mobile: Tactics, Tools & Resources for a Competitive Edge
Limited Capacity seats available

The proliferation of mobile devices can no longer be denied. You've got a business but want to know how to take advantage of this mobile thing. With all the buzzwords and changing tides, what can business owners do to get on the mobile bandwagon? And what about social and local? Where do they all fit in and how? With so many people using their mobile devices to make purchases and to inform purchase decisions, check in and stay in touch, small to mid-sized business owners need to be informed on how to use these technologies to their advantage.  In this informative panel, we gather together a group of thought leaders who will discuss and offer successful strategies and resources to help business owners take their businesses into the mobile age. We'll talk to thought leaders and innovators to give business owners some tools to navigate the social, local and mobile landscape to effectively improve their bottom lines.

 


Moderators
avatar for Sian Morson

Sian Morson

Founder & CEO, Kollective Mobile
@Sian Morson Founder & CEO of Kollective Mobile. Sian has 15+ years of experience in digital development and leadership to the mobile marketplace. She has a passion for creative information design, a strong technical background, and a talent for developing a team culture of user experience innovation and effective product development. Her skills, excellent client relations, and drive and determination have made her a well-respected force in the... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Alison Cross

Alison Cross

@Alison Cross with a liberal arts architecture degree from Barnard College and study at Academy of Art studying film and video, Alison’s background led to jobs in creative places such as TBWA\Chiat Day, Feldman Architecture, The San Francisco Foundation and the University of California Berkeley. Brief experiences working fashion retail at MaxMara and Ann Taylor rounded out the necessary skills to set out on the adventure to open... Read More →
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Janine Hausif

CEO, Around the Way App
@Janine Hausif uprooted her life to Brooklyn, New York soon after earning her Bachelor's degree in Communication in her hometown in Maryland. One chance afternoon Janine noticed a large decal plastered to a local business's window that read "Black-Owned Business." After several months of brainstorming and development, Janine has launched Around the Way- a geo-location mobile app that locates the nearest Black-owned businesses. "The goal of... Read More →
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Lindsey Holmes

CEO/ Lead Strategist, LCH Business SM & Tech
Lindsey C. Holmes has owned a successful Digital Marketing/ PR and Mobile Application Development agency, LCH Business Social Media & Tech, for the past eight years, and boasts such clients as the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), NAACP, BET, The Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC), and NJPAC. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, she has used her writing background, marketing and business training, and self-taught... Read More →
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Zuhairah Scott

@Zuhairah Scott Washington is passionate about leveraging technology and digital media to build profitable, innovative, and useful products that improve human well-being and have a positive impact on society. She is an entrepreneur and seasoned business professional with over a decade of digital media, finance, and product/business development experience in global markets including Dubai, London, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

3:30pm

The Original Kings of Technology: Leveraging eCommerce to Triple Your Bottom Line
Limited Capacity seats available

This powerful and insightful presentation is jam-packed with practical and usable advice, insightful trends and information focusing on Social Media Management Strategies, Internet Marketing/Branding and Conversions.  

While encouraging interaction and audience participation, this panel will be a lively, intense and informative journey into what makes a super successful online ePreneur and how both brick and mortar and internet businesses can structure and plan to take the next steps towards tremendous profitable!

More than a simple discussion, our panelists will provide participants with insider tips and information that will give them THE EDGE over their competition by laying out a roadmap they can follow that will lead them directly to internet business SUCCESS.

THE EDGE:

Think Hard: 12 Key Adjustments That Will Take Your Business to the Next Level
Hedging the Hurdles: 27 Website Mistakes That Will Chase Your Buyers Away
Enhancement: New Technology Tools That Will Increase Your Sales

Evaluate the Now: How to Analyze What’s Right and What’s Wrong
Data Mining: How Corporations Use Information to Make Millions!
GroupThink: Tribe Building That Turns Followers and Friends into Customers and Clients
Elevate Your Brand: 10 Keys to Mastering Online Marketing and Promotions

 


Moderators
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John Lawson

President, ColderICE Media
Content from the media staff... Personality posts from John Lawson Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur & just a cool ass dude PERIOD. http://t.co/QCAMBRUn5Y

Panelist
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Brent Leary

@Brent Leary  is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) analyst, business consultant, speaker and award winning blogger.  He is co-founder of CRM Essentials LLC, an Atlanta based CRM advisory firm that trains its clients in the use of the tools and strategies that improve business relationships.  In 2009, Brent also co-authored “Barack 2.0: Social Media Lessons for Small Business.” Recognized by Inside CRM as one of... Read More →
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Troy Nalls

Digital Media Manager, Breakwind Entertainment
Entrepreneur, teacher, speaker, coach, military veteran, husband and father, @Troy Nalls is a dynamic speaker that will uplift the audience while giving sound practical advice on how to overcome adversity, blaze your own path to success at not only business but life! After hearing Troy you will know without a doubt that there are no barriers to success except yourself and that business leadership is a state of mind that can be developed, not a... Read More →
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Ramon Ray

Marketing & Technology Evangelist, Infusionsoft & Smallbiztechnology.com
@Ramon Ray is a speaker, whose audiences routinely use the words “informative, energized, great, funny, it rocked”, when describing the content and style of Ramon’s speaking. As editor and technology evangelist of Smallbiztechnology.com and Regional Development Director NY/NJ Infusionsoft, Ramon is passionate about helping small businesses grow their businesses using technology as a strategic... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

4:30pm

Off the Chain: Blacks, Social Media and Django Unchained
Limited Capacity seats available

While the D in Django is silent, the discussion around this controversial film from Quentin Tarantino has been on full volume. The Christmas 2012 release of Django Unchained caused a (micro)blogging frenzy among Blacks on Twitter and Facebook, as well as on the blogs of Black scholars and critics.

In fact, some posts caused all out twitter fights and blog wars in which debates about history, representation and gender matters raged on and on. This panel examines this social media phenomenon and considers this virtual realm as (Black) public forum.


Moderators
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Maisha Akbar

Assistant Professor, Fort Valley State University
@Maisha Shabazz Akbar, Ph.D. is a performance studies academic, playwright and activist who teaches speech/drama at Fort Valley State University (GA).  She also serves as Director of the Joseph Adkins Players student drama group. Dr. Akbar’s lynching play, “Saving White Face,” was re-staged in April, 2012 to commemorate Trayvon Martin’s murder and is the basis of her forthcoming article, “(Re)Examining... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Monique

Monique

Filmmaker, The Fit Cycle
Making vibrant, dynamic films. Collaborating with artists and athletes. Connecting across the Diaspora. Sci-fi, Speculative fiction, and documentary filmmaking.
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Kory Coleman

@Kory Coleman  is known in the Austin area for his long-running movie review show The Reel Deal, shown on Austin cable access television. In addition, Coleman is an accomplished graphic artist and animator. His illustrations can often be seen in the Austin Statesman and the Austin Chronicle. His comic strip The Reel Deal, based on his show, can be found weekly in the Austin American Statesman. As an animator he served as an effects artist... Read More →
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Carl Settles

In addition to 6 years as a science and math teacher in urban schools, @Carl Settles Jr. has worked extensively in educational publishing, software development, music, interactive media and advertising as a developer, producer, and consultant for more than 15 years. Mr. Settles’ clients have included Dell, Liz Claiborne, Whole Foods, MPOWER Labs, Motorola, Applied Materials, Xerox, Harcourt Achieve, Walt Disney Records, Fusion Learning... Read More →
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Wheeler Del Torro

@Wheeler del Torro began his anthropological study of food while growing up in Jamaica. Whipping up hot chocolate “tea” and other Jamaican specialties with his father, he observed the connections between food, relationships, and imparting cultural heritage. “I have always been fascinated with the concept of food as a vehicle to prompt connections between people and to communicate history, values, and... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 4:30pm - 6:00pm
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

9:00pm

Hackathon
Limited Capacity seats available

Blerdology (formerly known as #BlackGirlsHack) continues its signature hackathon series at SXSW 2013 with #blackhack Hollywood March 9-10, 2013. A special event designed to incorporate interactive, film and music; the hackathon will rally web developers and coders to build new and innovative entertainment apps and websites in a friendly competition format.

#BlackHack attendees are exposed to a wealth of industry insights and business consulting and have the opportunity to get their resumes in the hands of top tech corporations. Building projects on site for little to no costs, #BlackHacks are a novel way for budding entrepreneurs to get their projects off the ground and an unmatched opportunity to network, meet and recruit the top minority tech talent from around the world.

#blackhack Hollywood begins Saturday, March 9 at 8:00 PM and cranks through the night, ending Sunday, March 10 at 10:00 AM. Please register below and we look forward to you joining us!

Participation is free - but you must pre-register online


Panelist
avatar for Kat Calvin

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.


Saturday March 9, 2013 9:00pm - 9:00pm
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35
 
Sunday, March 10
 

8:00am

Grits and Greens: Exploring the Intersection of Food, Art and Tech
Limited Capacity seats available

From Black Futurist art exhibitions, to food justice hackathons, and STEAM teach-ins for youth in resource-poor communities, this panel explores the delicious intersections of food, art, and technology over a southern meal featuring creamy grits and soulful toppings (vegan, vegetarian & meat-based menu).

Through their living, working, and playing in the crosshairs of these sectors, these presenters push the bounds of culture and identity with their commitment to regenerative design and their execution of locally grown solutions addressing global issues.  “Grits & Greens” is presented by Hub Oaklandin collaboration with Indiegogo and BlackGirlsCode.

Our wholesome meal will be prepared and served by Austin’s king of fresh, natural comfort foodHoover Alexander, who owns Hoover’s Cooking and Soular Foods Garden, which was designed to “bridge the gap between home style, home-cooking and healthy, nutritious, from-the-garden food.”

The Grits and Greens Panel is free to all SXSW badge holders. However, we will need a firm headcount to provide to the caterer for the purpose of meal preparation. To reserve your meal – please fill out the form at the link below".


Moderators
avatar for Ashara Ekundayo

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 organizations to build capacity for increased community engagement through the uses of creative practice, exhibition, and project management. She is an... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant

Founder, Black Girls Code
When Kimberly Bryant was first introduced to computer programming, as a freshman in Electrical Engineering, Fortran and Pascal were the popular languages for newbies in computing and the Apple Macintosh was the new kid on the block. She remembers being excited by the prospects and looking forward to a rich and rewarding career after college. | | By launching Black Girls Code, she hopes to provide young and pre-teen girls of... Read More →
avatar for Naya Jones

Naya Jones

What's right about food in Black communities? What can we build on or sustain? These fresh questions inspire @Naya Jones's work as a food and urban agriculture advocate, doctoral student, and holistic practitioner. Naya is co-founder of Food for Black Thought (FFBT), an organization focused on building and sustaining food access in Black communities. Among its growing efforts, FFBT hosts interactive conferences and screenings, conducts grassroots... Read More →
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Kim Mayhorn

Visual Artist, Video Editor, Mayhorn Media
@Kimberly Mayhorn is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist whose works encompasses sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. She is an Emmy nominated video editor and was selected by Essence magazine as "30 Women to Watch". Themes such as time, tension, humanity and decay are present in her work. | | Kimberly’s work has been exhibited at The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY; Rush Arts Gallery, NY; The... Read More →
avatar for Bryant Terry

Bryant Terry

@Bryant Terry is a nationally respected chef, educator, and author renowned for his pioneering activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.  In regard to his efforts, Bryant’s mentor Alice Waters says, “Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege.”  Bryant’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, Food and Wine, and O: The Oprah Magazine... Read More →



Sunday March 10, 2013 8:00am - 9:30am
BiT House | Creekside Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

9:30am

The Black Church in Cyberspace
Limited Capacity seats available

Historically, the “black church” was a physical place typically located within the confines of the black community, quite often in walking distance from the core membership. However, with the advent of the civil rights movement, integration, and gentrification, the locations of churches quite often may be miles and miles from the physical location of its members. Moreover, churches, like other not-for-profit organizations face the realities of economies of scale, operational and logistical expenses, as well as competing for other events in the lives, hearts, and giving (time, talent, and treasure) of congregants. This session explores how the digital landscape has impacted the nature of “The Black Church” making it possible to gain strength in numbers virtually as well inform others who may not typically fit within the historical definition of “The Black Church.”


Moderators
avatar for Geraldine Rosa Henderson, Ph.D.

Geraldine Rosa Henderson, Ph.D.

@Geraldine Rosa Henderson (Newark, NJ / Austin, TX / Chicago, IL) first moved to Austin, TX in 2004 when she joined the University of Texas at Austin as an Associate Professor of Advertising. Although she is now an Associate Professor of Marketing at Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University Newark and New Brunswick, NJ, she still also lives in Austin, TX. Her primary areas of research include marketplace diversity, digital marketing, and... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Rev. Joan R. Harrell

Rev. Joan R. Harrell

@Rev. Joan R. Harrell (Chicago, IL) is the founder of RacismContradictsChristianity.com, an ordained American Baptist minister, and womanist public theologian. She is the Director of Public Communications at Trinity United Church of Christ, where she is responsible for creating, writing, and developing multimedia communications and was responsible for public relations and crisis communications for Trinity United Church of Christ during the 2008... Read More →
avatar for Damon O'Brien

Damon O'Brien

Host / Producer, 3rd Coast Fiyah / 3CF Productions
@Damon O'Brien (aka DJ D-Lite) (Austin, TX) has been a mobile and radio DJ since 1996. He is the administrative director of Kingdom Affiliates Record Pool (http://kingdomaffiliates.com/), one of the only existing record pools specializing in Christian hip hop / urban gospel music. Damon is also the founder of http://GroovSpot.com/, R&P's Spot On The Web! GroovSpot is a website that focuses primarily on the urban side of gospel music. Since 2005... Read More →
avatar for Pam Perry

Pam Perry

@Pam Perry (Detroit, MI) is a PR Coach and Social Media Strategist delivering online branding and marketing solutions for best-selling authors, nonprofits and entrepreneurs. She is the Chief Visionary of Ministry Marketing Solutions, Inc. and internet radio host of Chocolate Pages where she has interviewed authors such as Kirk Franklin, Rev. Run, Demond Wilson and Yolanda Adams. Her book, Synergy Energy, is also the name of her podcast show where... Read More →
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Jamye Wooten

President/CEO, Kinetics Communication, LLC
@Jamye Wooten  is the founder and publisher of KineticsLive.com and CEO of Kinetics Communications, LLC. | | A social entrepreneur, minister of information and a faith-rooted organizer that has documented social movements from across the United States, United Kingdom and Africa. | | He is the former program director of the Collective Banking Group, Inc. (CBG), a Christian ministry that draws together leaders from the faith... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

9:30am

Privacy, the Consumer and the Techie
Limited Capacity seats available

Consumer privacy is a challenging issue for any technology company.  Data is ubiquitous, consumer information is increasingly personally identifiable, and data itself has become an asset class, driving investment.  How do startups navigate the lawsuit mine field and new regulations coming from Washington DC? Join our panel of experts as they talk about Privacy.  Attendees will have unprecedented access to a panel of technologists and attorneys to get the lowdown on privacy+innovation -what they need to know to stay on the good side of the law and what new opportunities exist.


Moderators
avatar for Nnena Ukuku

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 within the San Francisco Bar Association. She enjoys dancing (tango), writing plays, cooking and singing. She also enjoys filling her home with food... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Charles Belle

Charles Belle

Executive Director Privacy and Technology Project, UC Hastings
A public policy wonk and entrepreneur, @Charles Belle focuses on empowering startups and building centers of innovation. His passions are innovation, startups, OpenGov/Gov2.0, and consumer-driven technology. As the Executive Director of the UC Hastings, Privacy and Technology Project. Current work includes providing educational tools to developers to assist them in efficiently navigating privacy regulations and industry standards, developing... Read More →
avatar for Terence Craig

Terence Craig

@Terence Craig has an extensive background in building, implementing, and selling analytically-driven enterprise applications across such diverse domains as enterprise resource planning (ERP), professional services automation (PSA), and semi-conductor process control and analytics in both public and private companies. With over 20 years of experience in both executive and technical management roles with leading-edge private and... Read More →
avatar for Travis LeBlanc

Travis LeBlanc

@Travis LeBlanc is Special Assistant Attorney General of California. In this capacity, he oversees the California Department of Justice’s work on technology, high tech crime, privacy, antitrust, and health care issues. He also advises California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris on significant appellate and constitutional matters. From 2009-2011, LeBlanc was an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal... Read More →
avatar for Fred Stein

Fred Stein

SVP & General Counsel, Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
@Fred Stein is a member of the executive management team at Redbox, which has rented more than 2billion discs through its network of more than 42,000 self-service kiosks. He and his small legal teamhelp hone the company's strategy and oversee the company’s legal and governmental affairs, includingstudio and game publisher deals, privacy and other consumer issues, contracts with leading retail andCPG partners, IP and antitrust issues, and... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

10:30am

Powered By: The Names Behind the Names
Limited Capacity seats available

The impact of social media cannot be understated. Without a strong online presence, a brand will always be a step behind the competition. With each day that passes, thousands of people are signing up for popular digital platforms and hoping to establish their own brands and ride the social media wave to professional success. Little do they know how much work is required to make it in this increasingly competitive landscape.

This panel will explore the truth behind social media. It’ll cover what it takes to make it from the perspective of the names behind the names.

 


Moderators
avatar for Rich Jones

Rich Jones

@Rich Jones is the Executive Editor for Single Black Male, an award-winning niche website offering the urban male perspective on topics men find interesting and questions women want answered. He's been active on social media for five years, and has developed expertise in leveraging it to grow his site and personal brand. Due partially to its social media presence, Single Black Male has been recognized in Ebony Magazine's Power 100 List of... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Tynicka Battle

Tynicka Battle

CEO / Co-Founder, Think Tank Digital
@Tynicka Battle (38), is the CEO and co-founder of ThinkTank Digital, a digital media agency in NYC. ThinkTank has lead the development and execution of digital media strategy for the 2010 US Census, Pepsi, The Bombay Company, Lady Gaga, Lionsgate; and many more entertainment releases, corporate brands and government agencies. Tynicka holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Political Science from Rutgers College, Rutgers University. Her... Read More →
avatar for Jay Bobo

Jay Bobo

Strategist, LeBron Digital (LRMR) / GoodProduce
@Jay Bobo is the founding and managing director of GoodProduce, a digital solutions consultancy firm. He specializes in monetization strategy, ideation & concepting, content development, and social media management.  | He has worked with a host of companies including Microsoft (MSN), Sprite, Nike, Island Def-Jam, State Farm and Scion/Toyota among others. His celebrity client list includes basketball stars, LeBron James and Chris Paul.
avatar for Mazy Kazerooni

Mazy Kazerooni

@Mazy Kazerooni joined the founding team of Ustream at 17. Social media for Lil Wayne for 3 years, grew him from 1 to over 40 million fans on Facebook, and got him the Guinness World Record for most Likes on a status update. Founder of Hipset, a startup growing and monetizing artists social media. Forbes 30 under 30 2 years running.   
avatar for Troy Nalls

Troy Nalls

Digital Media Manager, Breakwind Entertainment
Entrepreneur, teacher, speaker, coach, military veteran, husband and father, @Troy Nalls is a dynamic speaker that will uplift the audience while giving sound practical advice on how to overcome adversity, blaze your own path to success at not only business but life! After hearing Troy you will know without a doubt that there are no barriers to success except yourself and that business leadership is a state of mind that can be developed, not a... Read More →
avatar for Latesha Williams

Latesha Williams

Lebron Digital Network
Brooklyn native, @Latesha Williams, is an accomplished sports & entertainment executive with global icon and international superstar LeBron James' marketing company, LRMR Management LLC. As the head of digital business development, Ms. Williams works with leading technology & sports companies such as Twitter, Facebook, Fenway Sports Group, and the NBA to ensure the profitability and viability of the LeBron James brand throughout the... Read More →


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

11:00am

A Movement Online to End Female Genital Cutting

Three million girls a year in Africa alone are at risk of female genital cutting (FGC) and 140 million women worldwide live with the harmful consequences of this human rights violation. FGC is a social norm, and it is changing at the grassroots where communities are abandoning thanks to human rights based community empowerment. Across West Africa the message is spreading from person to person, village to village, and inspiring people elsewhere, too. Around the world a movement is growing with individuals, organisations and communities pushing for an end to the practice and we are harnessing this online. Foot binding ended in China in less than 20 years at the turn of the 19th-20th century; FGC could go the same way and we know that the web, social media, new mobile technology all have a part to play. Born out of success on the YouTube Davos Debates in 2010, Orchid Project believes an end to FGC is possible, and that by building an online movement, we will see this within a lifetime.

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Panelist

Sunday March 10, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701

11:00am

Racism on YouTube

The Racism on YouTube panel will take a hard look at the various struggles that black members of the YouTube community face each day. YouTube is an expansive, diverse community, but its foremost personalities largely fall under the white and Asian racial umbrellas. Only two of the site’s top 100 personalities are black (DeStorm, Kingsley), and there’s a significant drop-off after that. This panel will examine why it is that blacks struggle to contend with other races on the platform and also explore various issues that arise with racist commenters and detractors.


Panelist
avatar for Andre (Black Nerd)

Andre (Black Nerd)

Owner/Content Creator, Black Nerd Comedy
Hi, I'm Andre and I'm a Black Nerd from the YouTube channel Black Nerd Comedy (YouTube.com/BlackNerdComedy). Be sure to come see me at the "Battle for Multicultural Heroes" panel Sunday 4pm during San Diego Comic-Con.
avatar for Franchesca Ramsey

Franchesca Ramsey

@Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is an actress, comedian and video blogger based out of New York City. With over 100k subscribers on her two YouTube channels, she and her videos have been featured on MTV, The New York Times, Essence.com and The BBC. Her recent viral hit “Sh*t White Girls Say...to Black Girls” was viewed over 5 million times in just 5 days, garnering coverage on MSNBC, ABC, Ebony Magazine, The Daily... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701

11:30am

BiTHouse Pitch Competition
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.


Panelist
avatar for May Borra

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 process and a knack for breaking down complex problems and information into sizable, easily digestible pieces. She left the traditional ad world behind to... Read More →
avatar for Kat Calvin

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.
avatar for Brian Dixon

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 at Babson College, where he is studying entrepreneurship and venture capital investing. | Prior to business school, Brian started his career as a software... Read More →
avatar for Ashara Ekundayo

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 organizations to build capacity for increased community engagement through the uses of creative practice, exhibition, and project management. She is an... Read More →
avatar for Sheila Marmon

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. Prior to founding Mirror Digital, Sheila has been involved with the management and operation of business launches for over 15... 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 efforts to maximize the potential of social media to achieve their departmental and organizational goals. | | Prior to joining SHRM he served for five years as... 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, TechCrunch, The New York... Read More →
avatar for Brian L. Shields

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. |  
avatar for W Jewell Strong - Sparks

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 communications, and has become a serial entrepreneur focused on "Bridging the Gap" between science, creativity, business, brands and social influencers... Read More →
avatar for Marcia Wade Talbert

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; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  In 2012, I received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the... 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... Read More →
avatar for Nnena Ukuku

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 within the San Francisco Bar Association. She enjoys dancing (tango), writing plays, cooking and singing. She also enjoys filling her home with food... Read More →


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

11:30am

More Than A Happy Hour: Event Hosting As a Brand Building Strategy
Limited Capacity seats available

It's a proven fact - people love events. What's more? They also are a prime opportunity to build your brand. No matter what your business niche is, there is an opportunity to gather your customers, clients or readers for a meaningful IRL experience, create a new source o revenue, and build community and your brand. This workshop will guide you through the process of coming up with an event focus and theme; soliciting potential partners and sponsors; and the logistical components of putting on an event.

Material That We’ll Cover:

  1. Every successful event has a defined purpose. In this session, we’ll discuss the importance of pinpointing a specific goal and how to identify a realistic mission for your event in line with the ROI objectives for your brand.
  2. Your event is only as good as the guest list. We’ll cover what you need to know about your audience and/or target market to produce an event that will resonate with them, entice them to buy tickets and/or show up, AND attract event sponsors.
  3. Cocktail party? Workshop? Luncheon? Conference? Retreat? The event format must reflect your brand goal. We’ll discuss the thought-process behind determining what kind of event works for your brand’s mission and target market.
  4. We realize that all business owners are not necessarily skilled at producing events; we’ll walk through HOW to get it all done, from sourcing vendors to venue considerations to marketing by taking a look at the logistics of hosting a successful event.
  5. Getting people to show up is 90% of the battle! The good news is that we have social media on our side. We’ll share tried-and-true social media promotion tactics that will help you to spread the word about your event organically and inexpensively.

Moderators
avatar for Stacey Ferguson {Justice Fergie}

Stacey Ferguson {Justice Fergie}

Chief Curator, Blogalicious
Featured in The Washington Post, EBONY, Black Enterprise, Southern Living, and on NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Mashable, FOX, The Root, and more, Stacey is a sought-after influencer coach, media personality, digital brand strategist, content creator, public speaker, and Chief Curator of the Be Blogalicious community and conferences celebrating diversity among women in social media.  As Founder of Justice Fergie Lifestyle... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Xina Eiland

Xina Eiland

@Xina Eiland is the owner of X+PR, a results-driven public relations and new media agency. A seasoned communications professional with more than 15 years of experience, Xina specializes in media relations, outreach and strategy development. In addition to specializing in media and community outreach, multicultural marketing, and event planning, Xina has established herself as a rising star in the social media space, executing cutting-edge... Read More →
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Demetria Lucas

Owner, A Belle in Brooklyn
Affectionately known as "Belle”, @Demetria L. Lucas is the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life (Atria); the creator of the award-winning personal blog ABelleInBrooklyn.com; and the founder of Coached By Belle, a boutique life-coaching service, where Demetria helps clients improve their personal and professional lives. Demetria is also a contributing editor for The Root, where she pens a... Read More →


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

12:30pm

Black Vernacular: Reading New Media

Black artists have to both find and fix the color line, no matter how ambiguous its parameters seem. Does new media provide more opportunities for Black artists than conventional modes of distribution? By examining vernacular art, design and film we can shed light on the nebulous topic of African-American aesthetics.


Panelist
avatar for Martine Syms

Martine Syms

DOMINICA
@Martine Syms is a conceptual entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, California. She grew up going to punk shows and watching lots of television. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a degree in Film, Video, New Media. Her work focuses on the relationship between commercialism, identity and experience. Martine helps institutions, businesses and artists advance culture. She's a Taurus. From 2007-2011, Martine was the... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

Tech Them While They are Young: Strategies for Increasing the STEM Pipeline
Limited Capacity seats available

With statistics stating that only 1% of tech startups are founded by blacks and that there is a digital divide why are we not introducing technology in the community at earlier ages. This panel will show how if we expose youth to technology through their passions we can begin to bridge the digital divide. We will have a panel of innovators discussing ways to fuel passion driven young innovators by early exposure and showing technology through ideas, games and parts of their everyday lifestyle that is relatable. The panel will also discuss way to create, implement and attract people to programs that offer early exposure


Moderators
avatar for Tina Shoulders

Tina Shoulders

Creative Director, Exposure Camp

Panelist
avatar for Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant

Founder, Black Girls Code
When Kimberly Bryant was first introduced to computer programming, as a freshman in Electrical Engineering, Fortran and Pascal were the popular languages for newbies in computing and the Apple Macintosh was the new kid on the block. She remembers being excited by the prospects and looking forward to a rich and rewarding career after college. | | By launching Black Girls Code, she hopes to provide young and pre-teen girls of... Read More →
avatar for Michael Denton

Michael Denton

@Michael Denton is the Director of Programming at CampInteractive, a year round tech leadership program that uses cutting-edge tech education tools to provide students with the skills and opportunities they need to succeed and instills the leadership qualities necessary to achieve their potential. Michael runs a modular, project based curriculum that provides an adaptive learning environment in which students will flourish and focus... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Martinez

Jesse Martinez

Originally from Houston, Texas, @Jesse Martinez found his way to San Francisco in March 1997 where he first experienced what it meant to work for a startup. As employee 27, he got to see firsthand the building of a Silicon Valley company (funded by Sequoia Capital) that ultimately grew into a thousand employee+ Corporation all in less than a year as it was acquired for $180 million by Frontier Communications. That experience and access to his... Read More →
avatar for Jason Young

Jason Young

@Jason Young is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for personal finance and education. Jason is the co-founder of Mindblown Labs, a social enterprise that uses gaming to teach young people about personal finance and other 21st century skills. He is also a founding mentor of the Hidden Genius Project, a non-profit that teaches software development, design and entrepreneurial thinking to at-risk black male youth. Prior to... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

12:30pm

More Money, More Content: Create Strategic Partnerships that Impact the Bottom Line
Limited Capacity seats available

You’ve produced great content, built a social media, and created a brand. Now what? With competition more fierce than ever, you need a well-crafted plan for distributing your content and expanding your influence. This panel provides a blueprint for implementing distribution and strategic partnership strategies that can earn significant followings, steady revenue, and new opportunities.

You’ll learn strategic and tactical approaches to creating and monetizing digital media properties across multiple platforms including blogs, video, podcasts, mobile, and more. The diverse panelists bring both corporate and indie perspectives to the table along with unique experiences as people of color in the media space.

 


Moderators
avatar for Lisa Nicole Bell

Lisa Nicole Bell

Named a Strong Entrepreneur to Follow on Twitter by Women 2.0, @Lisa Nicole Bell is an award-winning content creator who uses media to move the social and economic progress agendas forward. As an entrepreneur, on camera personality, international speaker, and executive producer, Lisa creates media properties that enrich and entertain audiences across multipleplatforms including film, television, new media, and publishing. Lisa is the founder... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Sian Morson

Sian Morson

Founder & CEO, Kollective Mobile
@Sian Morson Founder & CEO of Kollective Mobile. Sian has 15+ years of experience in digital development and leadership to the mobile marketplace. She has a passion for creative information design, a strong technical background, and a talent for developing a team culture of user experience innovation and effective product development. Her skills, excellent client relations, and drive and determination have made her a well-respected force in the... Read More →
avatar for Franchesca Ramsey

Franchesca Ramsey

@Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is an actress, comedian and video blogger based out of New York City. With over 100k subscribers on her two YouTube channels, she and her videos have been featured on MTV, The New York Times, Essence.com and The BBC. Her recent viral hit “Sh*t White Girls Say...to Black Girls” was viewed over 5 million times in just 5 days, garnering coverage on MSNBC, ABC, Ebony Magazine, The Daily... Read More →
avatar for Wadooah Wali

Wadooah Wali

As a Communications Executive, Digital Media Strategist and Producer, @Wadooah Wali is natural born storyteller and a true Media Maven – from digital to traditional media.  With a career that spans broadcast, print and disruptive online new media companies, Wadooah currently serves as the Senior Director of M-GO – a newly launched digital entertainment service from Technicolor and DreamWorks Animation. Previously... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

1:30pm

Pressure Test Your Idea: Idea Exploration Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

This is an experiential workshop designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs design experiments to quickly validate their ideas. We will help you identify 1-2 experiments that can be executed within a week. You will leave armed with a clear action plan for quickly testing your idea. If you have an idea for a new venture you'd like to explore, this workshop is the perfect opportunity to get started.

The workshop will be lead by Brian L. Shields, the Co-Founder of IncubateNYC, an educational community and incubation program for entrepreneurs. After seven years of advising and investing in startups, Brian has developed a keen understanding of the actions steps Founders should take for validating their ideas and assumptions

 


Moderators
avatar for Brian L. Shields

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. |  

Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

1:30pm

Sorry, Your Brand Voice Doesn’t Speak To Me
Limited Capacity seats available

In the interactive age, the ability to speak authentically to diverse consumer segments has gotten more important. Advertising is no longer a one-way conversation. It is far more difficult to fake relevancy.  Yet, Madison Avenue creative departments remain unfriendly to a large percentage of Americans, including women. And advertising agencies that specialize in those consumer segments are marginalized.

We seek to gain insight and understand the questions below:

  1. Is it more important to have diversity in staff or consumer segments served? Do you have to employ them to speak to them?
  2. Define “multicultural.” Is it a bad word?
  3. Do we think there will be a rise in agencies that speak to women only?
  4. What do most advertisers do wrong?
  5. Why is it so hard to diversify the creative department?
  6. What is wrong with speaking to consumer segments?
  7. Who is doing it right?
  8. How do you create a true “All-American” brand voice? Do you need a general market agency and a black agency and an Asian agency? Or should a general market agency be able to cover it all?

Moderators
avatar for Ayeshia Toy

Ayeshia Toy

HR Generalist, GSD&M
@Ayeshia Toy is a mid-level HR professional with a recent MBA degree and PHR certificationr. She is an initiator of new methods to improve workflow especially through interdepartmental alliances. An adept project manager excelling at managing concurrent and overlapping assignments. Ayeshia had a previous career in sales wherer she developed  a core strength as a relationship builder and influencer and has extensive experience in giving... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Craig Brimm

Craig Brimm

@Craig Brimm is currently Associate Creative Director at Sanders\Wingo Advertising in Austin, TX.  Previously Creative Director and founder of Culture Advertising Design in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past 15 years his work has included television, video, and radio advertising spots for Ford Motor Company, The Atlanta Football Classic, Levi,’s and Coca-Cola, print advertising for Wachovia, Kenya Tourist Board, Proctor and Gamble... Read More →
avatar for Perry Fair

Perry Fair

Chief Creative Officer, JWT Atlanta
@Perry Fair is Chief Creative Officer at JWT Atlanta. He was ranked as one of the top 25 young advertisers in America by the AAF. At JWT Atlanta he oversees accounts including Transamerica, the United States Marine Corps, FEMA, SCANA Energy, Shell, the U.S Virgin Islands and Jiffy Lube. He has been with the agency since 2011 and currently leads the Atlanta, Dallas and Houston offices alongside Chief Operating Officer Marshall Lauck.
avatar for Shanteka Sigers

Shanteka Sigers

Senior Vice President Executive Creative Director, SandersWingo
Shanteka Sigers created and sold her first ad to Lawson’s Cleaners when she was in fifth grade. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in radio television and film, and with a push from veteran ad man, Ron Kaatz, she became a copywriter. | | | | Recently she was named one of Business Insider's Most Creative Women in Advertising and one of Black Enterprise's Top Women in Advertising and Marketing. She was also a guest... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany R Warren

Tiffany R Warren

@Tiffany R. Warren is the SVP, Chief Diversity Officer for Omnicom Group, Executive Director for the Omnicom Diversity Development Advisory Council and President, ADCOLOR®, Inc. She oversees all diversity and inclusion efforts for Omnicom Group including the Omnicom Medgar Evers College Associate Program, Omnicom Diversity Initiatives Group and Omnicom Supplier Diversity. In 2005, while at Arnold NYC, Tiffany founded ADCOLOR® which has... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

2:30pm

Art of the Start: Proven Strategies for Launching a Tech Company
Limited Capacity seats available

What does it really take to start a successful technology company? As the barriers
to entry decrease, it's tempting to think starting a company is a matter of having an
idea and hiring an offshore developer.

Join us as we examine the art of the start with seasoned entrepreneurs who have started
and grown their companies. This panel is hosted by DigitalUndivided, a social
enterprise that is increasing the number of Black and Latino women digital
entrepreneurs.


Moderators
avatar for Ope Bukola

Ope Bukola

@Opé Bukola is the founder and CEO of CourseSky, an education company which offers online courses to help high-school students get college-ready. She also serves as Community Evangelist for digitalundivided, a social enterprise that builds forward-thinking initiatives to increase the number of Black and Latino women digital entrepreneurs. Prior to launching CourseSky, Opé worked in education marketing, higher education, and... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Kathryn Finney

Kathryn Finney

@Kathryn Finney is the founder of digitalundivided. Currently, Kathryn is the Editor-At-Large at BlogHer, Inc and CEO of TBF Group, LLC, parent company of The Budget Fashionista brand, based on one of the most popular and influential fashion blogs, The Budget Fashionista. An honors graduate of Yale and Rutgers Universities, Kathryn has been featured in more than 600 media outlets, including TODAY show, Good Morning America, The New York Times... Read More →
avatar for Elisa Camahort Page

Elisa Camahort Page

Co-founder and COO, BlogHer, Inc.
Elisa Camahort Page is one of the three co-founders of BlogHer, Inc., along with Lisa Stone and Jory Des Jardins. As COO of the company, Elisa leads the BlogHer conference business, including the BlogHer annual conference, the largest event for bloggers in the United States. Elisa also leads the research/consumer insights division, as well as the company’s public relations and social media efforts. Prior to BlogHer, Elisa worked as a... Read More →
avatar for Zuhairah Scott

Zuhairah Scott

@Zuhairah Scott Washington is passionate about leveraging technology and digital media to build profitable, innovative, and useful products that improve human well-being and have a positive impact on society. She is an entrepreneur and seasoned business professional with over a decade of digital media, finance, and product/business development experience in global markets including Dubai, London, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC... Read More →
avatar for Constance C.R. White

Constance C.R. White

An award-winning journalist, @Constance C.R. White is renowned for her wealth of experience and significant contributions across print, broadcast and online. A veteran writer and arbiter of culture and style, Ms. White has helped steer brand and editorial direction for some of the most exciting companies. Her aim is to celebrate, inspire, entertain and empower women. She is a proven risk-taker and leader with experience in conceptualizing and... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

2:30pm

Go Global or Go Home: Become a Worldwide Player with High Touch Digital Marketing
Limited Capacity seats available

The world is getting smaller, which means your public footprint needs to be bigger.  Professionals who want to thrive and keep ahead of the curve need to engage worldwide. Large organizations have already moved past US borders to increase their profitability, but what if you don’t have deep pockets like the big boys or a company to sponsor you?

This is where technology and social media comes in.  The Internet is the great equalizer; it allows access for the little guy (or girl) that would not have been possible in the past.  Our panel of marketing and social media experts, who hail from blue chip corporations and global advertising agencies, will share valuable insight for professionals and small business owners on how to be next level...and go worldwide.


Moderators
avatar for Shawn Taylor

Shawn Taylor

Media consultant, media relations, PR, Treetop Consulting
@T. Shawn Taylor is president of Treetop Consulting, a media consulting, research and communications company based in Chicago, Illinois. Shawn founded Treetop in 2006 following a career as a full-time print and broadcast media professional, including a 15-year stint as an editor, courts reporter, business and feature writer at the Chicago Tribune. Her articles and commentaries have also appeared in Essence, Edutopia, Sky, Business 2.0 and... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Cle Andrea

Cle Andrea

Deeply intrigued by the ever evolving realm of digital marketing, @Cle Andrea enjoys the various facets of this segment of advertising. A true digital marketing maven (DMM). With vast work experience consisting of developing & executing digital marketing strategy, creating innovative promotional programs, managing online advertising campaigns, video creation, executing experiential initiatives, overseeing social media marketing efforts, she is... Read More →
avatar for Jetta Bates

Jetta Bates

@Jetta Bates knows doing business in today’s competitive environment requires more than adhering to traditional corporate orthodoxies. The action, attention, sales and profits go to those companies and individuals who are agile, fresh and offer products and messages imbued with authenticity. As president of Twist Global, Bates services a variety of national and international clients in technology, film, fashion, beverage, retail... Read More →
avatar for Glenn Murray

Glenn Murray

Founder, 220 Communications
@Glenn Murray has leveraged all he learned in direct marketing and transferred it to social media.  He is founder of 220 Communications, a media company with marketing, publishing, music and" social awareness" divisions.  Murray has held positions in the marketing departments at top U.S. companies including Discover (where he currently holds a leadership position in marketing), General Electric, Leo Burnett, and Sears. His desire to become an... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

3:30pm

Nation in Decline: Why We Suck at Science and Math
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel will analyze the success of the few STEM (science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics) programs that leveled the achievement gap between
minorities and their peers and question how those results can be expanded to
improve retention rates of all science and math majors.


Questions Answered
Why should we care if university students exceed in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics?
Is the weed-out process really necessary in higher education?
How can corporations and universities form partnerships, change the game, and put
America back in the running to lead the innovation economy?


Moderators
avatar for Marcia Wade Talbert

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; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  In 2012, I received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Jerel Booker

Jerel Booker

Founding member & nonprofit sponsor of Urban Lyceum, a co-institutional STEM Charter School in Austin, 5 Thoughts Inc.
@Jerel Booker currently serves as Senior Director of Educator Quality and Special Projects for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  He is also a founding member of 5 Thoughts Inc., a nonprofit sponsoring entity for Urban Lyceum, a co-institutional STEM Charter School in Austin slated to open in fall 2014.  He recently served as the Executive Director of Stand for Children Texas, a national education advocacy nonprofit. ... Read More →
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Dr. Joan Frye

Senior Policy Analyst, The WHITE HOUSE Office of Science, Technology, and Policy
@Joan M. Frye, PhD, is currently on detail from the National Science Foundation to The WHITE HOUSE in the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she is a Senior Policy Analyst. Her portfolio includes graduate education modernization, broadening participation in STEM, citizen science and federal grant reform. Given her background in the chemical sciences, she is expected to provide advice and... Read More →
avatar for Kim Magloire

Kim Magloire

Founder & President, SciTech
@Kim Magloire is the Founder and President of SciTech. A graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University, Kim has a passion for nurturing young minds. After working as a biologist and epidemiologist at Rockefeller University and Columbia University, Kim realized her true passion was to teach students how to excel academically, especially in math and science. For twelve years, she worked for the Princeton Review, tutoring the best and the... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Andrew B. Williams

Dr. Andrew B. Williams

Distinguished Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics Lab, Marquette University
@Dr. Andrew B. Williams is Professor and John P. Raynor,S.J., Distinguished Chair Electrical and Computer Engineering Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics Lab, Director Marquette University Engineering Hall


Sunday March 10, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

3:30pm

Cultivating The New Minority Entrepreneur

Right under our noses a new generation of minority entrepreneurs are crafting business ideas and refining their hustles. Comprising roughly 40% of Gen Y, the next generation up-and-comers, Blacks and Latinos have a disproportionate inclination toward entrepreneurship. A Kaufmann Foundation policy brief, Young Invincibles, found that 65% of Latinos and 64% of Blacks aged 18 – 34 wanted to start a business vs. 45% of whites. This panel aims to explore the changing Gen Y minority entrepreneurship paradigm.


Panelist
avatar for John Butler

John Butler

@John Sibley Butler’s research is in the areas of organizational behavior and new venture development. For the last eight summers Professor Butler has occupied the Distinguished Visiting Professor position at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo Japan, and this year holds the same status at Peking University in China. Professor Butler has served as a consultant for many firms and the U.S. Military. At this time he is Management Consultant for... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Cofield

Natalie Cofield

A native of Rochester, New York, @Natalie Madeira Cofield currently serves as the President & CEO of the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce in Austin, TX, a regional entity that focuses on economic development, supplier diversity, business and community relations on behalf of the Greater Austin African American community. Through her role, Cofield travels domestically and internationally promoting Austin for business... Read More →
avatar for Marcus Mayo

Marcus Mayo

@Marcus Mayo is a Co-Founder of IncubateNYC, an investment and incubation program designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs start and operating successful businesses.  We provide our members the structure, support and resources necessary to be successful when launching a business. Prior to IncubateNYC, Marcus was the co-founder of InHouse Group, an early stage investment and advisory company based in New York City.  Mr. Mayo is a... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701

3:30pm

Naturally Social: Growing Your Hair, Growing Your Audience & Growing Your Brand
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as we examine how the natural hair movement has grown in recent years, largely in part to the social media savvy of natural hair bloggers and brands. Hear from natural hair superstars including Carol’s Daughter, Curl Box founder Myliek Teele and Afrobella, and learn how you can incorporate their social media strategies and avoid their missteps to help grow your online audience and brand.


Moderators
avatar for Franchesca Ramsey

Franchesca Ramsey

@Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is an actress, comedian and video blogger based out of New York City. With over 100k subscribers on her two YouTube channels, she and her videos have been featured on MTV, The New York Times, Essence.com and The BBC. Her recent viral hit “Sh*t White Girls Say...to Black Girls” was viewed over 5 million times in just 5 days, garnering coverage on MSNBC, ABC, Ebony Magazine, The Daily... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Kristin Braswell

Kristin Braswell

@Kristin Braswell is a Brooklyn-based journalist and producer by way of Los Angeles. She's the Editor-in-Chief of Transitioningmovement.com, a lifestyle, entertainment and information hub from Carol's Daughter aimed at women who are making the transition from relaxed to natural hair. She has contributed to The Huffington Post, Essence, ABC News, NPR, and Ebony, and her writing portfolio includes food and travel reviews, film critiques and... Read More →
avatar for Jamala Johns

Jamala Johns

@Jamala Johns is a New York-based art director, photographer and blogger. She loves sharing inspiration and approaching subjects in delightfully unexpected ways.  | | | | She is the founding editor of Le Coil, a curated online collection of natural hair imagery. The project's goal is to showcase the diversity of natural hair in a bright, stylish and artful aesthetic. Le Coil was named one of the 45 Must Follow Tumblrs by For Harriet and has... Read More →
avatar for Myliek Teele

Myliek Teele

California-bred innovator, @Myleik Teele, is revolutionizing the way women address their curly hair needs. She is the founder of curlBOX, an exclusive monthly subscription box full of amazing hair care products for naturally curly hair. The beauty legend-in-training has been featured on Essence.com and in EBONY, InStyle, Uptown and Huffington Post.  With over 35,000 Instagram followers and 27,000 Facebook fans, the company... Read More →
avatar for Patrice Yursik

Patrice Yursik

creator, Afrobella
Trinidadian writer @Patrice Grell Yursik  created Afrobella.com to celebrate the unique beauty of women. Her blog was one of the first to celebrate natural hair and all the skin tones and sizes women come in, and she has been affectionately dubbed the “Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging.” Afrobella features honest product reviews and takes the reader inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences. Patrice has done campaigns for Urban... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

4:30pm

Making Money AND a Difference with Mobile Game Apps
Limited Capacity seats available

Apps are fast becoming as ubiquitous as websites. Whether you are in the entertainment industry, business world or the non-profit realm, mobile applications can play a part in your success. Games have proven to be the most used and often most lucrative form of mobile applications. Games can be used to complement existing brands, as branding/marketing tools or as stand-alone revenue generators.

This panel addresses selecting the best approach for your company or organization when it comes to creating and distributing your app. It will also address the benefits of effective collaboration between players from different but complementary fields. The audience will walk away with a case study of a successful partnership between a music artist, a non-profit organization and a technology company.

The music artist wanted a mobile gaming app to extend his brand. The non-profit wanted a mobile gaming app that utilized the “gamification of education” and could be used to engage urban youth. The technology company took the input from the two and creatively designed and successfully launched a mobile gaming app that is now available on iOS and Android devices.

Together they made a mobile gaming app, made money and made a difference.

 


Moderators
avatar for SaulPaul

SaulPaul

Part rapper/part singer songwriter, SaulPaul is an entertaining artist who blends his voice, his guitar and his loop pedal to create a live show that is nothing less than an EXPERIENCE. | Learn more at SaulPaul.com.

Panelist
avatar for Felicia Craig

Felicia Craig

@Felicia Craig is a native of Austin, Texas and has worked with youth for over 20 years. Her career has included work with several Boys and Girls Clubs across the nation, Youth Entertainment Studios, Upward Bound, and various other youth organizations. She has a Master’s of Communication with an emphasis on the Entertainment Education strategy.Her career in media spans over 15 years and her experience includes reporting and co-hosting for... Read More →
avatar for Bianca Neal

Bianca Neal

@Bianca Neal is the Chief Operating Officer of ReRoute Productions. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master's degree in Film. This was after she graduated with a B.A. from the University of Southern California with a degree in film and music. She has been a part of ReRoute Productions since it's inception. She is credited with helping the company grow into a trailblazing organization that... Read More →
avatar for Jenn Rangubphai

Jenn Rangubphai

As a kid, @
Jennifer Rangubphai used to play business instead of house -- a born entrepreneur. 
Her first C++ assignments reminded her of art class -- a geek at heart. 
While studying Entrepreneurship at St. Edward’s University, she used her internship requirement to start her own consulting firm, Rangubphai Solutions. Today, Jenn supports purpose-driven small businesses with her entrepreneurial knowledge, experience and an array of... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:30pm
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

4:30pm

#SCANDAL: How Television’s Hottest Show is Fueled by Social Media
Limited Capacity seats available

The #1 Show on ABC and one of the hottest shows on television meets the analytical and multi-talented eyes of an academic, a blogger and a designer. Using Shonda Rhime’s “Scandal” as our point of departure, this panel will be an interdisciplinary discussion, building upon Dr. Goddess’s previous, SxSW solo presentation on “The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter.” 

 

The panel is excited to be joined by the head of Kerry Washington’s own Social Media Director @Allison Peters who created, “-kw’s krew” and inspired ABC to understand the importance and impact of promoting the show on Twitter. #Gladiators Unite!

We will explore how Black engagement with social media has fueled the success of the show and what it means that, according to the New York Times, “among the group aged 18 to 34, it typically ranks first in its 10p.m. Thursday time slot.” We will take a look at the role bloggers, video bloggers, microbloggers and designers have changed the narrative on a national scale and put the “social” in Social TV.

And since Black design is one of the most underrepresented areas of Blacks in technology, we will re-imagine questions of transmedia ownership and thought leadership for Black techies in the 21st Century, in the entertainment industry and beyond.


Moderators
avatar for Dr. Goddess

Dr. Goddess

Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D., affectionately known as "Dr. Goddess,” and a true Renaissance Woman. She is a writer, an entertainer, an entrepreneur, a scholar (of American and Africana Studies), and an activist. Dr. Goddess engages social media to promote a new age liberation ideology undergirded by revolutionary love and uses art, humor, scholarship and politics to do it. Her slogan is “Meet Dr. Goddess. Become a Believer.”—a... Read More →

Panelist
avatar for Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi

Writer/Social Media Strategist, Awesomely Luvvie
@Luvvie Ajayi is a writer and social media strategist who’s been blogging for 10 years. AwesomelyLuvvie is her award-winning pop culture and humor blog. Luvvie’s a former columnist for EBONY.com and has contributed her writing to Clutch Magazine and Uptown Magazine. She’s also winner of the Women’s Media Center 2012 Social Media Award.
avatar for Darren Moten

Darren Moten

@Daren Moten is a Product Designer who believes in the value of a holistic design approach that combines both function and form. He enjoys designing things that make the world a little less painful and more enjoyable.  Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Darren now resides in Brooklyn. He loves the creative energy and awesome food trucks. In the last six years, he has led innovations projects at Hallmark Cards, Time Warner, and... Read More →
avatar for Allison Peters

Allison Peters

@Allison Peters is a social media manger and digital strategist who knows that slow and steady wins the race. Building authentic networks of brand stakeholders for personalities and products is her gift. She is in the mind behind the Kerry Washington social media machine, -kw’s krew, which has an expansive and loyal base of diverse fans. Having honed her talents at such outfits as VH1 and Bad Boy, Miss Allison has a dual insight of the... Read More →
avatar for Franchesca Ramsey

Franchesca Ramsey

@Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is an actress, comedian and video blogger based out of New York City. With over 100k subscribers on her two YouTube channels, she and her videos have been featured on MTV, The New York Times, Essence.com and The BBC. Her recent viral hit “Sh*t White Girls Say...to Black Girls” was viewed over 5 million times in just 5 days, garnering coverage on MSNBC, ABC, Ebony Magazine, The Daily... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 4:30pm - 6:00pm
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

5:00pm

Leveraging Diversity For Your Business Portfolio

In the words of acclaimed journalist Robert C. Maynard, the fault lines of race, class, gender, generation and geography are the most enduring forces shaping lives, experiences and social tension. For entrepreneurs, content producers and innovative businesses, understanding how to navigate those fault lines will be a critical component of making money in an increasingly diverse and global economy. Using the innovative diversity training workshop model employed by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, Dori Maynard and Joshunda Sanders provide tips to entrepreneurs, journalists, web content producers, consultants and marketers for profitably navigating racial, economic and gender diversity in unique, lucrative and comfortable ways. Audience will receive real time tips for diversifying content and expanding their business approaches to gaining new customers.


Panelist
avatar for Dori Maynard

Dori Maynard

@Dori Maynard is the president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Before being named president in January 2001, she directed the History Project, which leads the way in preserving and protecting the contributions of those courageous journalists of color who broke into the mainstream media against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. Dori also heads the Fault Lines project, a framework that helps journalists... Read More →
avatar for Joshunda Sanders

Joshunda Sanders

Assistant Director of Communications, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, University of Texas
@Joshunda Sanders is the author of Single & Happy: The Party of Ones (2013) and the forthcoming How Racism is Destroying Traditional Media: Why The Future of Journalism Depends on People of Color (Praeger Books, 2015). She's been a journalist since 1998 and is passionate about telling the stories of people of color.


Sunday March 10, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701
 
Monday, March 11
 

12:30pm

100 Year Starship: Interstellar Travel and Beyond

Private space exploration projects have made headlines recently with companies like Space X, Planetary Resources and Virgin Galactic, but the first woman of color in space, Dr. Mae Jemison, has grander ambitions. In 2012, under Dr. Jemison’s leadership, the “100 Year Starship” initiative received widespread media attention as well as seed funding from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). The goal of “100 Year Starship” is to enable human interstellar flight within the next 100 years and enhance life on earth through the application of interstellar research and technologies.

We’ll talk about Dr. Jemison’s initial experiences with NASA & space travel, how the 100 Year Starship organization plans to tackle the enormity of this mission, the importance of inclusive grassroots involvement, as well as insights regarding the project’s technology initiatives, the potential application for health care, energy, power consumption and self-sustaining technologies in the future.

 


Panelist
avatar for Daniel Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert

@Dan Gilbert believes that, in our ardent, lifelong pursuit of happiness, most of us have the wrong map. In the same way that optical illusions fool our eyes -- and fool everyone's eyes in the same way -- Gilbert argues that our brains systematically misjudge what will make us happy. And these quirks in our cognition make humans very poor predictors of our own bliss. | | The premise of his current research -- that our assumptions about what will... Read More →
avatar for Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison

@Dr. Mae C. Jemison is currently leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS) an initiative seed funded by DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years. She also is founder of the technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group, Inc. that integrates the critical impact of socio-cultural issues when designing and implementing... Read More →
avatar for Jae Rhim Lee

Jae Rhim Lee

@Jae Rhim Lee is a visual artist, designer, and researcher whose work proposes unorthodox relationships between the mind/body/self and the built and natural environment.   Jae Rhim’s work follows a research methodology which includes self-examination, transdisciplinary immersion and dialogue, and diy design, ultimately taking the form of living units, furniture, wearables, recycling systems, and personal and social interventions. In... Read More →
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Benjamin Palmer

@Benjamin Palmer is a co-founder of The Barbarian Group, and has served as its CEO since the company’s founding in 2001. Palmer is one of the most respected voices in the world of interactive and digital advertising. He’s been named one of Creativity’s 50 top creatives and one of Esquire’s ‘Best & Brightest’. Palmer is President of the Art Director’s Club, 2012 Jury Chairman of the One Show... Read More →


Monday March 11, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

Black Twitter Activism, Bigger Than Hip Hop

In the late 1980s, Public Enemy rapper and Internet aficionado Chuck D famously remarked that hip hop was like the “black CNN,” speaking on the “lower frequencies” cited in Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” about issues in African-American communities like the War on Drugs, sex and relationships, poverty and police brutality. As social media has become the default medium for gathering and disseminating information, Twitter posts provide the steady bass beat that continues to inform on similar topics, but with more portability and immediacy than ever before. This panel will examine how so-called “Black Twitter” exchanges news (like the Trayvon Martin case as a recent example) and uses it to mobilize political dialogue and direct action, and how information professionals–like librarians, journalists, and educators–can guide users toward responsible practices that respect the unique coding and cultural perspectives of black and other minority communities.


Moderators
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Stacie Williams

Learning Lab Manager, University of Kentucky
Stacie Mari Williams is a 2011 graduate of the GSLIS program at Simmons College, where she received her master's of science in library science with a concentration in Archives Management. She has worked or interned at the historic Chicago Defender, Jim Henson Company, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Tufts University's Digital Collections and Archives, Harvard Medical School's Center for the History of Medicine and the Lexington Public... Read More →

Panelist
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Meredith Clark

@Meredith Clark  a third-year doctoral student in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication. She came to UNC from Florida, where she last worked as an opinion editor, editorial writer and columnist at the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper. Her research interests include digital media pedagogy, social media and race and communication. In her limited free time she enjoys watching movies and catching up on news, information and pop culture... Read More →
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Mark Anthony Neal

Professor, Duke University
Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African + African-American Studies and Professor of English at Duke University where he teaches courses in Black Cultural Studies, including signature courses on “Michael Jackson and the Black Performance Tradition” and “The History of Hip-Hop,” co-taught with Grammy Award Winning Producer 9th Wonder. Neal is the author of five books including What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Public... Read More →


Monday March 11, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Productivity: Effectively Scaling Yourself

As information workers, we are asked to absorb even more information than ever before. More blogs, more documentation, more patterns, more layers of abstraction. Now Twitter and Facebook compete with Email and Texts for our attention, keeping us up-to-date on our friends dietary details and movie attendance second-by-second.

Does all this information take a toll on your psyche or sharpen the saw? Is it a matter of finding the right tools and filters to capture what you need, or do you just need to unplug. Is ZEB (zero email bounce) a myth or are there substantive techniques for prioritizing your life on the web? Scott Hanselman will explore the essence of what it means to be truly productive.

Room 616AB


Panelist
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Scott Hanselman

Microsoft
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Monday March 11, 2013 1:00pm - 1:15pm
Hilton Austin Downtown 500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

3:30pm

Africa or Bust! Content, Monetization, Opportunity

A huge opportunity exists for content creators, service providers, brands, and media companies on the continent. In Africa, more people than ever have access to the internet, to the tune of 140 million, but this only represents 13% of the population. By 2020, internet penetration in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to reach 24.7%, outpacing internet penetration rates across the globe and representing a virtually untapped market with unlimited potential. Africans are using their newly acquired connectivity to engage each other, launch tech starts, develop apps, create content and organize grassroots movements.

From mobile money to “smart’ water pumps that send SMS messages when they need repair, Africans are using the web to solve local problems and diversify their economies. This panel will look at the growth, size and characteristics of Africa’s internet market, analyze country specific trends, discuss the content being produced, and outline opportunities for collaboration &investment.


Panelist
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Agatha Gikunda

@Agatha Gikunda, Head of Solution Sales for Nokia East and Southern Africa is responsible for defining and managing the collaboration between Services and Software teams in Nokia and external stake holders including network operators, software developers, as well as facilitating the building of competitive joint consumer and corporate solution propositions. She manages the Solution Strategy for Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola Zambia and... Read More →
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Ngozi Odita

Executive Director, Social Media Week Lagos


Monday March 11, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701

5:15pm

What Founders Need to Know When Pitching to a VC

Venture Capital, angel and send investment reaches its highest funding rate since the early dot com days. Becoming an entrepreneur and launching the next instagram, twitter or pinterest are new cool thing to do. Despite the increase opportunities for entrepreneurs to raise capital many venture capitalist say that most entrepreneurs are not investor ready. In the “What founders need to know when pitching to a VC session I’ll cover valuable lessons learned from working with various investors and successful entrepreneurs who have raised capital.

The session will teach startup founders what information is needed in their pitch deck, questions to ask investors, what annoys investors and the ever debating question business plan vs pitch deck vs executive summary. Other key items discussed in this session will be comparisons of how Silicon Valley, East Coast and Midwest investors rate and compare startups for investment opportunities.

 


Monday March 11, 2013 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701