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2016 Schedule

Moved From February to September.
Day 1
Feb 15, 2016

PowerMoves Early Stage Bootcamp

PMN and Startup Illustrated execute boot camp for nationally and regionally-sourced, pre-revenue companies Full-day sessions that challenge and shape startup business plans, business model validation and go-to-market strategies.  Blacktech Week...
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Eco Tech Visions+Code For America Present DISCO TECH

Free and Open to the Public As part of Black Tech Week, EcoTech Visions and Code for Miami are co-hosting a DiscoTech on Monday, February 15th from 6:30-8:30PM at EcoTech Visions in Miami’s green...
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Morgan Stanley Disruptors Showcase

(Registered Attendees) The Showcase Stage is dedicated to bringing talented innovators to demo their disruptive content while connecting with potential investors.

Disruptors Afterparty – Presented by Blacktech & PowerMoves

A high energy, interactive opportunity to check out the next big thing poised to disrupt various industries. After Party: What’s done in Miami, Stays in Miami…….
Day 2
Feb 16, 2016

The World of Music, Arts and Technology – YOUTH EVENT

By: A.RANDOLPH WORLD OF MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY Click Here to Register  Event Description THE WORLD OF MUSIC ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY  will create an interactive MUSIC, ARTS, AND  TECHNOLOGY wonderland for kids...
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Blacktech Week + Powermoves Opening Reception

Join Blacktech Week and PowerMoves Mia for the opening reception of Blacktech Week 2016. Powered by Eventbrite   Powered by Eventbrite  
Day 3
Feb 17, 2016
16:00- 17:00

Registration

Ain’t Nobody Got Time For China

How one entrepreneur is bringing manufacturing back to the United States.  You read right! Who has time searching for a reliable, affordable, and qualified manufacture in China and abroad when...
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Matthew Burnett

Bringing Your Idea to Reality

How Chinedu Echeruo went from a lost banker using public transit, to successful billion dollar company selling entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Have you thought of an amazing idea for an...
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Chinedu Echeruo

Begging vs. Pitching

What you need to know about obtaining investor and venture capital funding for your startup, idea, or company without losing focus and yourself along the way. Requesting a small loan...
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William Crowder

Nobody Messing with My Cliché

How to pull together a dynamic transformative team and board of directors to propel your company, idea, or concept. Your ass kicking idea, company, or concept needs an equally bad...
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Chris Powell
Aurelia Crews

I Just Want to Be Successful

As the rat race of capitalism goes on day by day, how are we making out? What is the ultimate goal to it all?  How do we truly define success?...
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Dr. Randal Pinkett

The Digital Civil Rights Movement

How today’s fight for justice moved from the pavement to the keyboard. Like the Civil Rights Movement, #Blacklivesmatter has captured worldwide media attention through activism and nationwide demonstrations.  However, the...
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Kenny Hamilton
Giovanni Turner Esq.
Valerie L. Patterson
Troy E. Wright
Phillip Agnew
20:15- 20:20

Outro

Day 4
Feb 18, 2016
08:00 - 10:00

Registration

Saved By An Angel

Venture Capital funding vs Angel Investment and what is needed to attract them both without breaking the bank. Andrew Goldner – Teaching you how to raise angel and VC funding...
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Andrew Goldner

Tech Posers

Stop looking sad because you majored in English and your friend did computer science! You can tap into this tech rush as well with insight from tech entrepreneur Birame N....
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Birame N. Sock

I’m Way Up, I Feel Blessed

How do you begin the process of scaling up and staying up with you venture or company?
Clarence Wooten

You Fancy Now

The first step is complete. You received money for your venture, company, idea, or startup. Where do you go from here?
Marcus Carey

They Weren’t Ready

A triple teaming of successful entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley insiders empting their brains for you to feast on their knowledge……not their brains……..that would make you a zombie. Description: A panel...
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Clarence Wooten
Marcus Carey
Birame N. Sock

Prison to Wealth

With no answer in sight to the ills experienced from the prison industrial complex, technology is responding with innovative ideas, programs, and companies. Description: There is a tech rush occurring...
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Dr. Marvin Carr
Newton Sanon
Frederick Hutson
12:00 pm - 12:59 pm

Lunch

Afrofuturism and Today

Using STEM to envision an alternative future for the black community. Help me Wikipedia! Afrofuturism is a term that emerged in the mid 90s, coined by cultural critic Mark Dery...
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Orchadia Mclean
Damola ‘D’ Omotosho
Valerie Complex
Ytasha Womack
Vann R. Newkirk II

Scale or Die

Scale or Die: That’s the unfortunate truth behind so many starts and ventures. Jeff Hoffman breathes life in this session focusing on the keys to successfully scaling your business.
Jeff Hoffman

What’s Next

How to make the successful transition from traditional employment to entrepreneurship. So you’re a government employee, teacher, or retail representative. You see yourself retiring or quitting your job to pursue...
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Michael M. Beal

My POS System Is Alive

How to view your POS system as an employee through a plethora of functionalities including data collection, for better informed decisions and increased revenues. The only way to continuously build...
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Hartej Singh Sawhney

Is Africa a Transformer

How technologies in Africa are disrupting business models and transforming what we think about the continent. The rapid growth of Africa’s economy presents a unique opportunity to go beyond the...
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Viola Llewellyn

Timbuktu’s 21st Century Gold

Thought Bitcoin was a joke or some temporary attempt at reinventing currency? Guess again. Africa and Bitcoin have gotten married and it seems that Bitcoin is having a baby. Let...
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Tristan Winters

Data Is The Next Diva

How data will win Grammys and replace talent. Jon Gosier will navigate this exciting session on how the music industry will respond to the age of big data.
Jon Gosier

Data is On Fleek

That’s right. Data is as large as your hatred for the phrase “On Fleek”. This session will investigate the important and transformational nature of today’s data through the brains of...
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Michael M. Beal
Tristan Winters
Viola Llewellyn
Hartej Singh Sawhney
Jon Gosier
15:43 - 15:58

Break

Billions of Reasons to Work in Asia

Asia has emerged as a primary fixture in the world’s economy. How can you, your business, and/or idea begin its Asian adventure to funding! A panel of experts will explore...
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Moses Asom
Andrew Maywah

How Can My Non-Tech Business Use Technology

How Can My Non-Tech Business Use Technology:  Integrating interdisciplinary technology approaches into non-tech ventures. Learn how to incorporate easy and simple technology solutions to your non tech business. Assisting entrepreneurs...
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Dawn Dickson
Eunice Cofie

Keys to Success

A candid conversation with current or aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, and techies. The red thread belief states we are all connected by an invisible red thread, that may stretch or tangle,...
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Darian C. Hendricks
Evan Rose
Lisa Jones Johnson
17:43 - 17:45

Outro

Spirits & Bytes

Powered by Digitalgrass   Spirits and Bytes is a premier event that includes Tech & Innovation with Craft Cocktails and GastroBytes. This event will feature craft cocktails from Timeline Brewery...
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Music, Sports, and Pop Culture

Stories of Success, Failure, and the Future of Black Entrepreneurial Innovation. From #OscarsSoWhite, the meltdown of sports icons, to the devolution of hip hop, this spirited discussion will break down...
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Kenny Hamilton
Wilameana Jones
Giovanni Turner Esq.
Valerie L. Patterson
Ted Lucas
Justin A. Washington
Day 5
Feb 19, 2016
08:00 - 09:40

Black Tech Week Summit Registration

Being Colored is Good for Business

Monetizing Culture Through Content Minorities are faced with a set of unique challenges in obtaining funding for just about anything.  How then can we embrace culture and celebrate differences while...
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Larry Ossei-Mensah

Getting Through Your Identity Crisis

How to properly manage and measure your brand identity for optimum monetization. Does the idea of your company, venture, or startup align with your customers? The advent of social media...
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Livelle Collins

Your App Sucks

Learning how to build a scalable mobile application What do consumers expect from a mobile app?  Successful mobile apps must be able to interface with users in a manner that...
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Sian A. Morson

The Art of Winning a Tech Interview

How to win over a Technical Recruiter The technology industry is in need of standout talent and progressive innovators. As technology advances, companies are looking for the best and the...
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Melissa James

MoreThanCode: Breaking into Tech as a Non Engineer

Want to find a career in tech but coding isn’t your thing? Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. In this talk you’ll learn about hybrid tech roles (over...
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HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT Q&A

Ask away at this frenzy of questions fired away at our illustrious panel comprised of our morning session leaders. Conference guests have the opportunity to fire away questions at our...
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Livelle Collins
Larry Ossei-Mensah
Melissa James
Sian A. Morson
Josie Goytisolo
12:00 pm - 12:59 pm

Lunch

The World of Magic

Israel Idonije
Rony Abovitz

Why I Left Twitter

How a techie left a career with a social media giant in response to a lack of diversity and a commitment to cultural intelligence.

A Real Life Legend Walks Among Us

Dr. Thomas Mensah is President and CEO of the Georgia Aerospace Systems and is simply BAD ASS! Do not miss this opportunity to hear from a serious tech pioneer and...
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Dr. Thomas Mensah

Securing Super Power’s Ain’t Easy

Breaking into network security with the Department of Defense. What does it really take to secure the Information Architecture of a World Super Power.  In this keynote Chris details the...
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Chris Carthern

Tackling the Cyber Security Gap

How doe you transform a unrefined natural resource and turn it into gold.  In this sessions you will learn how neglected, under utilize, and marginalized human capital can be transformed...
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Be Easy Bloggers, And Have No Worries!

WordPress Security and Privacy Tips to Protecting your Blog and your Brand. Most bloggers are not fully aware of the threat posed by hackers targeting the WordPress platform and a...
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Kellep Charles

The realest Cipher Around

A Q&A that will leave your heart at ease. Learn from the security professional about information you know.
James Ball
Kellep Charles
Chris Carthern
15:13 - 15:30

Break

Welcome

Derick Pearson
Felecia Hatcher

Stop Playing e-Sports! Why, I have a Billion Reasons to Keep Playing

Jordan “ProoFy” Cannon
Bryan Smiley
Delane Parnell

Listening for the Crystal Clear Unheard

You can’t hear it but you can use it! Rodney Williams and Charleson bell discuss the use of high frequency SmartTones, Flash Crystals, and BluField interconnected beacon networks to transfer...
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Rodney Williams
Derick Pearson
Charleson Bell

Building Impactful Tech Cities and Communities

Willie Logan
MAYOR WAYNE M. MESSAM
Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III
Charleson Bell

Emerge: Building a Magazine Empire

George Curry was the founder and CEO of Emerge a monthly news magazine that was published from 1989 to 2000. Its primary focus was on issues of interest to African...
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George E. Curry
18:05 - 18:10

Outro

Day 6
Feb 20, 2016

Women’s Innovation Brunch

Join us for our 2nd annual Women’s Innovation Brunch -Awesome panels, delicious food, and networking to celebrate and meet Women Innovators and entrepreneurs from across the globe.  Held at the...
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Dr. Yvonne Johnson
Dawn Dickson
Kathryn Finney
Mary Spio
Felecia Hatcher
Jewel Burks

2016 Speakers

Thank You To Our Amazing Speakers.

Steven V. Moll

Vice Provost of FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus

Saif Y. Ishoof,

Vice President of office engagement

Kenny Hamilton

Managing Partner CSH Group

Ebony Pope

Leadership Development Associate at Village Capital

Darold Hamlin

Founding partner of the Emerging Technology Consortium

Wilameana Jones

Host of The Wilameana Jones Experience

Lex Pierre Louis

Lex Pierre Louis
Lifestyle Marketing Manager
Maybach Music Group

Zeferiah

Zeferiah co-Founder of Goldplay

Adams Fontin

Adams Fontin, Co-Founder of GoldPlay

DJ M Dilla

DJ Myke Dilla

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez

Carlos A. Gimenez
Mayor of Miami-Dade County

Israel Idonije

Israel Idonije
Founder
AskTheDoctor.com, Blessed Communion, Athlitacomics

Rony Abovitz

Rony Abovitz
Founder, President & Ceo
of Magic Leap

Willie Logan

Founder of Opa-locka Community Development Corp.

Dr. Yvonne Johnson

Co-Medical Director of the Emergency Department
Director of the Heart Attack Unit
at South Miami Hospital

Yvonne Johnson, M.D.

Baptist Health of South Florida

James Ball

Chief Information Security Officer at HackMiami

Jordan “ProoFy” Cannon

Professional Call of Duty Player

Bryan Smiley

Digital Media Consultant

Armando Seay

CEO Dovestech LLC & Executive Director Greater Baltimore Cares Mentoring Movement

Livelle Collins

Founder/Director of Strategy at The Vanguarde Craft & Creative

Larry Ossei-Mensah

Cofounder of Artnoir
Manager of Social Activation and Innovation for Viacom
co-Founder The Medium Group

Darian C. Hendricks

Chairman and CEO of the Robert R. Taylor Network, Inc.

Nabyl Charania

CEO at Rokk3r Labs

Dr. Thomas Mensah

Founder & CEO Georgia Aerospace Systems

Michael M. Beal

Managing Member of Data Capital Management

Orchadia Mclean

Social Media Manager

Damola ‘D’ Omotosho

Software Developer at Intel

Valerie Complex

Writer & Critic

Ytasha Womack

filmmaker/author/journalist/choreographer

Dr. Marvin Carr

Policy Advisor - The White House

Newton Sanon

President and CEO OIC of Broward County

MAYOR WAYNE M. MESSAM

MAYOR WAYNE M. MESSAM

Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III

Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III

Giovanni Turner Esq.

Lecturer - University of Miami

Valerie L. Patterson

Clinical Associate Professor

Evan Rose

Managing Partner at Rose Digital

Rodney Williams

Founder & CEO of Lisnr

Dawn Dickson

Founder and CEO of Flat Out of Heels

Ted Lucas

Founder of Slip-N-Slide Records

Phillip Agnew

Executive Director and Founder of the Dream Defenders

William Crowder

Managing Director at DreamIt Ventures

Troy E. Wright

Executive Director of the Trayvon Martin Foundation

Ariel Lopez

Founder 20/20Shift

Andrew Maywah

Project Leader at GO Scale Capital

Dan Miller

Co-Founder of Level

Moses Asom

CEO of Panovel

Dr. Randal Pinkett

Chairman and CEO BCT Partners

Tristan Winters

Business Development Manager at iceCUBED

Kathryn Finney

Founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID)

Jeff Hoffman

Co-Founder of Priceline

George E. Curry

Founder of Emerge Magazine, Previous Editor-in-Chief of National Newspaper Publishers Association

Chris Powell

Chief Executive Officer for BlackbookHR

Eunice Cofie

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Chemist of Nuekie

Melissa James

President and CEO of The Tech Connection

Leslie Miley

Director of Engineering at Slack

Viola Llewellyn

Co-Founder and Global COO of Ovamba

Frederick Hutson

Founder/CEO of P​igeonly

Kellep Charles

Creator and Executive Editor of SecurityOrb

Andrew Goldner

Founding Partner of GrowthX

Chris Carthern

senior network engineer for the United States Department of Defense

Clarence Wooten

founder of VentureFund.io and co-founder of Progressly.com

Hartej Singh Sawhney

CEO/Founder of Zuldi & Tenth Gate Music

Marcus Carey

Investment Analyst with SVB Capital

Sian A. Morson

CEO Kollective Mobile

Vann R. Newkirk II

Co-Founder and co-Chief Scribe of Seven Scribes

Birame N. Sock

Founder of FlyScan, Inc

Mary Spio

PRESIDENT & FOUNDER • Next Galaxy Corp

Joycelyn Brown

Managing Partner at Brown Intellectual Property Law Firm

Delane Parnell

Head of Retail at Rocket Fiber

Derick Pearson

Co-Founder of Black Tech Week, Author, Social Entrepreneur

Felecia Hatcher

Black Tech Week Founder, Author, & Entrepreneur

Lance Lucas

Founder and CEO of Digit All Systems

A. Randolph

Urban, Soul, Artist, Producer, Engineer and Entrepreneur

Aurelia Crews

Director at Rokk3r Labs

Jewel Burks

CO-FOUNDER/CEO • PartPic

Jon Gosier

MetaLayer / Tech Founder
Investor • Developer

Chinedu Echeruo

CEO & Founder • Gigameet.com
Partner • Constant Capital Partners

Brian Brackeen

Karios, CEO and Founder

Josie Goytisolo

Codella / Tech Founder

Michael Hall

Digital Grass • Founder

Matthew Burnett

Co-Founder • Maker's Row

Justin A. Washington

QA Engineer • Snapchat, Inc

Matt Haggman

Program Director • Knight Foundation

Lisa Jones Johnson

CEO • YourPRZ