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

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


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Akon Ekpo, Ph.D.

Western Michigan University
Assistant Professor
@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 marginalized groups.   Focused on the creative uses of technology, she is passionate about using the web as a vehicle to create a personal presence in the marketplace and increase social well-being. Currently, she is on the board of directors for the K.E.Y.A. (Keys to Empowering Young Adults) Foundation, and spends countless hours teaching young adults how to enhance their personal brands using social media.  Dr. Ekpo received a Ph.D. in Marketing from the Liautaud Graduate School of Business at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Bachelors of Science in Information Systems from DePaul University.