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How Miami is promoting tech innovation and diversity with Black Tech Week

Q: What is Black Tech Week?

A: Black Tech Week features a week-long series of events aimed at promoting tech innovation during Black History Month. Black tech innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors will converge in Miami for the inaugural Black Tech Week from February 23-28, 2015 hosted at Miami Dade College North Campus. Presented by Miami-based Code Fever, an organization committed to teaching minority youth how to code, create technologies, and become entrepreneurs, Black Tech Week was inspired out of the vision to change the narrative surrounding the Black community and replace it with innovation, creativity, and technology during the last week of Black History Month to stretch the trajectory of the community.

Q: What can people who attend BTW expect?

A: People can expect a dynamic conference that includes innovative programming that celebrates innovators of color, tech innovation, and diversity throughout the globe. T

Q: Who are some of the notable speakers we can expect to see at the conference?

A: Black Tech Week boasts a cadre of investors, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists spanning the globe will lead the discussions and sessions, including the following:

Chinedu Echeruo – Founder of HopStop, which was later sold to Apple for $1 billion
Eric Osiakwan – Angel Africa advisor, TED fellow, and investor
Brian Brackeen – Founder of facial recognition software, Kairos, with $1.2 million secured in funding and recognized as one of the Wall Street Journal’s top startup of 2013
Ingrid Riley – Founder, KingstonBeta and Startup Weekend Jamaica
Stonly Baptiste – Founder, Urban.us
Pandwe Gibson – Founder, EcoTech Visions, a Miami-based incubator supporting green businesses
Jon Gosier – Founder of Appfrica, Apps4Africa, and co-founder of big data company, MetaLayer. Also named by CNN as one of 10 African Tech Voices to Follow on Twitter, one of the 25 most influential African-Americans in Technology by Business Insider, one of three Innovators of the Year by Black Enterprise Magazine, and one of The New Faces of Black Leadership by TIME Magazine.

Q: Why do you feel that there is a need to organize a tech conference that celebrates Black achievement?

A: We felt that there was a need for a conference that not only highlights Black achievement but also serves as a platform that supports thought-provoking dialogue about how to move the needle forward to grow Black entrepreneurship and change from being consumers of social media and technology to creators. From sessions like “Tapping into Africa with Tech” to country-inspired sessions like Startup Jamaica, Startup Haiti, and Startup Havana to a pitch competition for sustainability entrepreneurs, attendees will have multiple opportunities to connect and network with global entrepreneurs and investors.

Q: How can people find out more about Black Tech Week?

A: Additional details about Black Tech Week, including the schedule of events, confirmed speakers and participants, and registration information can be found at www.blacktechweek.com

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