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Monday, July 1
 

6:00pm

NOLA Tech 30 Honoree Mixer and Kick-off Event
Exclusive VIP Honoree Mixer recognizing 30 Black professionals changing the game in tech in the Greater New Orleans Area. Featuring music by New Orleans very own T-Ray the Violinist and DJ Sugar Cookie.

Monday July 1, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage
 
Tuesday, July 2
 

8:00am

Office Hours with Good Work Network
Get your startup questions answered with Goodwork Network.  Visit business consultants in our Innovation Lab to get advice to help your business thrive and grow. Book now.

Tuesday July 2, 2019 8:00am - 10:00am
Innovation Lab - Ace Hotel

10:00am

Welcome
Kyndra Joi is the host Kyndra Joi is a Radio Personality on WBOK, with her on show, “On the Move”! She serves as the Executive Director of the non-profit I Am My Sister, is a Licensed Master Social Worker, Cultural and Holistic Family Health Consultant, Certified Belief Therapist, Certified Herbalist, Recording Artist, and Emcee. Kyndra has earned a Master of Social Work degree from Illinois State University and has over 16 years of experience in the community servicing children and families as well as Entertaining the masses! Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Kyndra is affectionately known as “Gullah Girl” in the community and actively educates and creates awareness of the Gullah culture through her interactive workshops of language, dance, and song.

Speakers
avatar for Kyndra Joi

Kyndra Joi

WBOK 1230AM


Tuesday July 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:10am
Ace Hotel Main Stage

10:10am

City of New Orleans: The Future Is Now
Kimberly Walker LaGrue serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of New Orleans and head of the Office of Information Technology and Innovation. Ms. LaGrue and her team are responsible for delivering stable, IT services to City of New Orleans employees and constituents through sustainable, forward-looking strategies for growth and expansion of IT services. She also has a responsibility to improve New Orleans’ positioning as a tech-savvy, smart city, able to address challenges with 21st-century technology. A New Orleans native with over 25 years of experience in IT operations, telecommunications and data management, she has spent most of her career modernizing and advancing technology in local government. Kimberly serves as an advisory board member of the Internet of Things Consortium and participates in Smart City initiatives at local, state and national levels. She is a fierce advocate for local broadband adoption and is personally committed to digital equity, digital literacy and technology opportunities for all New Orleanians.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Lagrue

Kim Lagrue

City of New Orleans


Tuesday July 2, 2019 10:10am - 10:25am
Ace Hotel Main Stage

10:25am

NOLAVATE Black
Sabrina Short is the founder of NOLAVATE Black and the executive producer of Black Tech NOLA. She is known as the “Great Connector” because of her unwavering passion for community and social justice. A former faith-based community organizer, she has worked closely with organizations across the country advocating youth leadership and civic engagement. Mrs. Short is also a certified community developer through the Communities of Shalom at Drew University. With over 15 years experience in nonprofit management and program development, Sabrina’s work has been recognized nationally for youth-led social justice campaigns around education and health in New Orleans. 
She now advocates diversity and inclusion in the technology industry through her NOLAVATE Black Initiative placing her amoung distinguished women in tech as a 2019 Ada Lovelace Nominee. She believes “It is important that we create spaces where everyone is invited, supported and included. We each have a divine right to live out our purpose and be successful doing what we love.”

Speakers
avatar for Sabrina Short

Sabrina Short

Founder, NOLAVATE Black
Connecting black techies across the Greater New Orleans region.


Tuesday July 2, 2019 10:25am - 10:35am
Ace Hotel Main Stage

10:35am

Protecting The Culture
Founder of P.A.C.E. and The Union will talk about the movement to build collective power through  ecosystem building, powering and connecting the diaspora through Technology, Entrepreneurship and Culture.

Speakers
avatar for Arif Gursel

Arif Gursel

The Union & P.A.C.E.


Tuesday July 2, 2019 10:35am - 10:55am
Ace Hotel Main Stage

10:55am

Building the Legacy
Black investors will take the main stage to share the importance of investing in our own communities. The late Nipsey Hussle believed in “investing yourself”. These thought leaders will talk strategies to diversifying income, building wealth and strategic planning for long term gains.

Speakers
avatar for Arif Gursel

Arif Gursel

The Union & P.A.C.E.
avatar for Bernard Robertson

Bernard Robertson

Robertson Wealth Advisors
avatar for Tina Eskridge

Tina Eskridge

Microsoft
avatar for Eric C Blue

Eric C Blue

Capital Park Management Company


Tuesday July 2, 2019 10:55am - 11:15am
Ace Hotel Main Stage
  • Contribution Partner

11:15am

Break
Tuesday July 2, 2019 11:15am - 11:25am
Ace Hotel Main Stage

12:00pm

Lunch
Lunch will be provided for participants at the Ace Hotel.Lunch will be provided for participants at the Ace Hotel.

Tuesday July 2, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage

12:30pm

Ecoystem Building: Equity Pact
Black Tech NOLA is more than just another tech conference. The gathering is an opportunity to connect people of color to companies that value diversity and are committed to investing in our growing tech ecosystem. In partnership with Propeller, NOLAVATE Black will be convene thought leaders from the greater New Orleans area during the Black Tech NOLA conference to support the foundational work of strengthening the tech ecosystem by closing the technology gap, addressing equity, and creating pathways to tech.

Moderators
Speakers

Tuesday July 2, 2019 12:30pm - 2:25pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage

1:00pm

Intro to Tech: Get Into Tech presented by DXC Technology
New Orleans Director Terrell Boyton will share the inside scoop of getting in the tech industry. Aspiring techies and experienced techies alike will hear from leadership on how to get your resume noticed, to acing the interview and landing the job. DXC Technology is hiring for 2000 jobs in New Orleans!

Speakers
avatar for Ceceille Palmer Malcolm

Ceceille Palmer Malcolm

DXC Technologies
avatar for Terrell Boynton

Terrell Boynton

Director & General Manager, New Orleans Digital Transformation Center, DXC Technology
Terrell Boynton is the Director & General Manager for DXC’s Americas region New Orleans Digital Transformation Center.  Terrell leads the DXC New Orleans, Digital Transformation Center and is responsible for managing operations, developing digital transformation services, engagement... Read More →


Tuesday July 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Bourbon Room - Ace Hotel

1:00pm

Startup: Navigating the FinTech World as a Black Startup Business presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
 Launching, funding, and scaling a financial technology ("FinTech") start-up can be a complex and frustrating experience.  For founders of color, the process can be made all the more difficult by barriers to inclusion and equity in the tech ecosystem. How can aspiring start-ups address these challenges, build successful fintech businesses, and bring about a more inclusive industry? JPMorgan Chase & Co., in partnership with the Financial Health Network (formerly CFSI), launched the Financial Solutions Lab which hosts an annual challenge for social entrepreneurs to identify, test, and bring to scale promising innovations that address the financial needs of low- and moderate-income Americans. During this session, attendees will learn more about the Financial Solutions Lab and hear practical advice and takeaways from Lab participants and alumni who have successfully navigated the FinTech world.


Tuesday July 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Jazz Room - Ace Hotel

1:00pm

Tech Life: Job Recruitment with Levelset
Get yourself in front of Levelset recruiters. Bring your resume and your chops!

Sponsors

Tuesday July 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Innovation Lab - Ace Hotel

1:00pm

2:00pm

Startup: Supplier Diversity presented by MAWSS
Learn how opportunities to become a vendor with MAWWS.

Tuesday July 2, 2019 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Innovation Lab - Ace Hotel

2:30pm

Mastering The Big Pitch Sponsored by VentureWalk Business Partners LLC
Learn how to pitch your idea from the Master Coach herself. Desiree has coached and trained business owners and professionals in over 27 different industries and has proven results in helping startups get the funding to expand their business. Get tips on refining your message, sharing data that supports your work, and the framework to give your pitch the right punch to take your tech the next level.

Speakers
avatar for Desiree Young

Desiree Young

VentureWalk


Tuesday July 2, 2019 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Jazz Room - Ace Hotel

2:30pm

Startup: The Art of Negotiation presented by The Bean Path
Hear Dr. Nashile Sephus share how her startup, PartPic, was acquired by Amazon. Dr. Nashlie will share insider info on building your product, planning for scale and setting your business up for the big win.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Nashlie Sephus

Dr. Nashlie Sephus

AWS
Dr. Nashlie H. Sephus leads the Amazon visual search tech team, which recently launched visual search for replacement parts on the Amazon Shopping app. This technology was a result of former startup Partpic (Atlanta) being acquired by Amazon, for which she was the Chief Technology... Read More →


Tuesday July 2, 2019 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Bourbon Room - Ace Hotel

3:00pm

Startup: Office 365 for Business presented by Microsoft
  Explore productivity solutions, business tools and cloud services offered by Microsoft.

Sponsors

Tuesday July 2, 2019 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Innovation Lab - Ace Hotel

3:30pm

Building The Tech Pipeline presented by Microsoft
As the fastest growing tech hub in the country, we must ensure that we have a strong talent pipeline to fill the incoming jobs, while also investing in startups as job creators. Speakers will examine the importance of both traditional and unconventional pathways to tech for early childhood, K-12, collegiate and adult learners.

Moderators
avatar for Shercole King

Shercole King

Via Link

Speakers
avatar for Randall Boseman

Randall Boseman

Microsoft
Randall is a native of New Orleans, LA. He has been with Microsoft since  1994 and boasts a number of positions, groups and technologies. Randall is currently a Partner Engineering Manager responsible for several security features in the Windows™ operating system that powers ~1... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Nashlie Sephus

Dr. Nashlie Sephus

AWS
Dr. Nashlie H. Sephus leads the Amazon visual search tech team, which recently launched visual search for replacement parts on the Amazon Shopping app. This technology was a result of former startup Partpic (Atlanta) being acquired by Amazon, for which she was the Chief Technology... Read More →
avatar for Chris Douglas

Chris Douglas

Microsoft

Sponsors

Tuesday July 2, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage

4:00pm

Intro to Tech: Intro to Code presented by Operation Spark
Get a preview of what it is like to be a developer. The workshop wiill provide a hands on intro JavaScript, which is used to build websites and apps. Learn about Operation Spark and their youth and adult education programs. All ages and experience levels welcome. Bring your laptop! *Some computers will be available for use.

Speakers
avatar for Kendall Spears

Kendall Spears

Operation Spark


Tuesday July 2, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Mardi Gras Room - Ace Hotel

4:00pm

Tech Life: Black in Tech presented by Jabu HR Inc
Being Black in Tech ain’t easy. Get one-on-one coaching from a straight shooter, tech inclusion expert and former AirBnB exec on how to get the job, climb the ladder and break the glass ceiling.

Speakers
avatar for Jabu Dayton

Jabu Dayton

Jabu HR Inc


Tuesday July 2, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Jazz Room - Ace Hotel

5:00pm

NOLAVATE Black Pitch Competition presented by AWS & We Power Tech
We are looking for BIG TECH IDEAS! Four New Orleans startups will compete for a chance  to pitch their tech idea, product or service during the Black Tech NOLA . Winner will win $1,000!


Speakers
avatar for Allen Square

Allen Square

Square Button

Sponsors

Tuesday July 2, 2019 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage

6:00pm

Tech After Hours presented by NOLAVATE Black
Hang out after the conference for food, networking, and Black excellence. Featuring music by New Orleans very own Tonya Boyd Cannon and DJ Sugar Cookie.

Tuesday July 2, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage

6:30pm

Black Tech Women Meetup sponsored by Box
RSVP to the Black Tech Women Meet-up Tuesday, July 2nd, 6:30pm at the Ace Hotel sponsored by Box. Exclusive event for Black women in tech attendees. Limited spaces available. We expect this to sell out! Click the link below to network with amazing women in technology from across the country. Thanks to our sponsors at Box! No Black Tech NOLA ticket? No problem. $30 to attend. Use Code BTW2019  2019blacktechnola.eventbrite.com

Learn more about Black Tech Women at blacktechwomen.com.

Sponsors


Tuesday July 2, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage
 
Wednesday, July 3
 

8:00am

Office Hours with Good Work Network
Get your startup questions answered with Goodwork Network.  Visit business consultants in our Innovation Lab to get advice to help your business thrive and grow. Book now!

Wednesday July 3, 2019 8:00am - 10:00am
Innovation Lab - Ace Hotel

10:05am

Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Kyndra Joi

Kyndra Joi

WBOK 1230AM


Wednesday July 3, 2019 10:05am - 10:10am
Ace Hotel Main Stage

10:10am

Remarks from JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Funders and investors will have an open and honest conversation about what it will take to close the technology gap.  Main stage will include talks and a panel on race, diversity, inclusion and equity and their complexities in the global ecosystem.

Shearita Despenza, Market Director for Greater South New Orleans Market, JPMC

Speakers

Wednesday July 3, 2019 10:10am - 10:20am
Ace Hotel Main Stage

10:25am

Dr. Renee Horton, NASA
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Rene Horton

Dr. Rene Horton

NASA
Dr. K. Renee Horton is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and works diligently in the community for STEM education and STEM outreach. Renee believes in changing the face of STEM. She is the founder of Unapologetically... Read More →


Wednesday July 3, 2019 10:25am - 10:30am
Ace Hotel Main Stage

10:30am

Building The Future: Discussion with Valerie Jarrett presented by Lyft
Monica Poindexter, Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Lyft, will interview  Valerie B. Jarrett, one of President Obama's longest serving advisors. The phenomenal women will cover leadership, representation, politics and her new book “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward”.

Valerie B. Jarrett was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and is a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls.  Her New York Times bestselling book, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, was released in April and shares her perspective on leadership, activism and finding your own voice. 


Speakers
avatar for Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett

Obama Foundation & Obama Administration, Sr. Advisor

Sponsors

Wednesday July 3, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am
Ace Hotel Main Stage

11:15am

Paving the Way: Interview with Hannah Beachler
Tiara will explore the journey of the first African American to win an Academy Award for Production Design.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Beachler

Hannah Beachler

Hannah Beachler is an Academy Award winning production designer who made history as the first African American to not only be nominated in the category, but also the first to win. With an affinity for evocative designs and visuals, she crafts unique emotional landscapes for every... Read More →


Wednesday July 3, 2019 11:15am - 11:55am
Ace Hotel Main Stage

12:00pm

Lunch
Lunch will be provided for participants at the Ace Hotel.Lunch will be provided for participants at the Ace Hotel.

Wednesday July 3, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage

12:00pm

Tech Meetup: Creatives (Breakout)
Grab your lunch and meet up with folks in your field.  Network, learn and connect!

Wednesday July 3, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mardi Gras Room - Ace Hotel

12:00pm

Tech Meetup: D&I Leaders (Main Stage)
Grab your lunch and meet up with folks in your field.  Network, learn and connect!

Wednesday July 3, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Green Room

12:00pm

Tech Meetup: Engineers (Breakout)
Grab your lunch and meet up with folks in your field.  Network, learn and connect!

Wednesday July 3, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jazz Room - Ace Hotel

12:00pm

Tech Meetup: Founders/Startups (Breakout)
Grab your lunch and meet up with folks in your field.  Network, learn and connect!

Wednesday July 3, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Bourbon Room - Ace Hotel

1:00pm

Global Music Economy presented by GNO, Inc. & NOMTN
Discussion on protecting, preserving and investing in the New Orleans cultural economy while equipping the people, from where its identity originates, to be engaged in its global impact.

Speakers
Sponsors

Wednesday July 3, 2019 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage

1:00pm

Startup: Shifting the Culture presented by Jabu HR Inc
HR executives, talent development officers and recruiters are invited to an intimate discussion on fostering a culture of inclusion in the workplace. Learn what it will take to develop and execute D&I strategies that fosters a safe workplace.

Speakers
avatar for Jabu Dayton

Jabu Dayton

Jabu HR Inc


Wednesday July 3, 2019 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Bourbon Room - Ace Hotel

1:00pm

Tech Life: Intersection of Awesome with IoT and AI presented by Microsoft
As you all have probably heard by now the Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most exciting trends in the tech industry. By combining AI and IoT using the cloud and Edge capabilities, we can build something that can only be described as the intersection of awesome. In this session, we will explore and join AI cloud-native deep learning technologies and IoT cloud enabled devices by walking through and building an IoT solution with AI superpowers. Join for a demo session exploring the awesomeness of IoT and AI.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Walker

Tara Walker

Microsoft

Sponsors

Wednesday July 3, 2019 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Innovation Lab - Ace Hotel

1:00pm

Tech Life: Your Design Portfolio
Get tips to get your portfolio noticed. Designers this is the session that you need to get the job and secure the bag.

Speakers
avatar for Edgardo Perez

Edgardo Perez

Abstract

Sponsors

Wednesday July 3, 2019 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Jazz Room - Ace Hotel

1:00pm

Tech Life: Design Thinking
COMMON SENSE IS NOT SO COMMON. This interactive workshop opens the audience to design thinking processes and basic principles of user experience design. Participants will be able to apply strategic design thinking, inclusive innovation and creative tactics to design seamless digital and physical experiences. Bring your laptop!

Speakers
avatar for Kim Holt

Kim Holt

Deloitte Digital
avatar for Zalyia Grillet

Zalyia Grillet

Deloitte Digital


Wednesday July 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:55pm
Mardi Gras Room - Ace Hotel

1:45pm

Next Generation of Tech presented by Box
Panelists will discuss how Black tech leaders can invest in the next generation of tech leaders as a long term strategy toward the economic development and sustainability of our urban communities.

Moderators
avatar for Tony Zanders

Tony Zanders

Skilltype

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Albert

Andrew Albert

Venture for America


Wednesday July 3, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage

2:00pm

Tech Life: Resume Consulting presented by Progressive HR Strategies
Get job search advice and get your resume reviewed by a local recruiter and HR specialist. Schedule your time here.

Wednesday July 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Innovation Lab - Ace Hotel

2:30pm

Intro To Tech: Building Your Ecommerce Site presented by Tech Talent South
Best practices for building a website to convert visitors to customers. Learn the best tools, providers and strategies that fit your revenue goals and your budget.

Speakers
avatar for Mary LaChapelle

Mary LaChapelle

Tech Talent South


Wednesday July 3, 2019 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Bourbon Room - Ace Hotel

2:30pm

Startup: Small Business, Big Brand presented by GrowHaus
Small Business, Big Brand" Branding can be costly. Learn how to develop a strong brand presence on a budget without compromising on quality. Get a step-by-step interactive guide to building a consistent brand identity, amplify visuals and designing for your target audience. Participants will learn key terms, guidelines and best practices for hiring in-house or contracting a marketing agency.

Speakers

Wednesday July 3, 2019 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Jazz Room - Ace Hotel

2:45pm

Startup: We Power Tech presented by AWS
Participants will learn about AWS resources to support your startup journey. Let AWS help you build skills, get engaged with the community, and inspire the next generation.

Speakers
Sponsors

Wednesday July 3, 2019 2:45pm - 3:25pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage

3:45pm

Bridging the Gap: D&I Panel presented by Abstract
Leading inclusion experts will share their perspectives on race, culture and combating systematic oppression of underrepresented groups.

Moderators
avatar for Edgardo Perez

Edgardo Perez

Abstract

Speakers
Sponsors

Wednesday July 3, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage

4:45pm

Black Voters Matter: Intersection of Tech and Black Liberation
The 40,000 Rising! Tour, starting June 30th, will travel around the state of Louisiana for a campaign to register the 40,000 voters. They are bringing the Blackest Bus in America to the Black Tech NOLA conference. BLack Voters Matter will set up voter registration at the event, lead a panel to challenge the way we think about tech and social and economic justice, and will close the event out with a BIG BANG celebrating Black Excellence during Tech After Hours!

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Graham

Rachel Graham

small hinges SCE
avatar for LaTosha Brown

LaTosha Brown

Co-founder, Black Voters Matter Fund
LaTosha Brown is the co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, a power building southern based civic engagement organization that played an instrumental role in the 2017 Alabama U.S. Senate race. Ms. Brown is principal owner of TruthSpeaks Consulting, Inc., a philanthropy advisory consulting... Read More →


Wednesday July 3, 2019 4:45pm - 5:25pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage

5:30pm

NOLAVATE Closing Ceromonies
Wednesday July 3, 2019 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage

6:00pm

Tech After Hours presented by Black Voters Matter Fund
Hang out after the conference for food, networking, music and Black excellence. Featuring music by New Orleans very own Partners N Crime and DJ Sugar Cookie.


Wednesday July 3, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Ace Hotel Main Stage