Blacks In Technology (BIT) will host its 4th annual conference, BITCON 2022: A Technology Conference for Culture, for Black IT Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Gamers, and Afro-Futurists, at Disney World this year from August 26 to October 28.
The in-person conference will feature global brands, world-class speakers and business leaders. The line-up of more than 50 speakers will be led by writer, activist, comedian and tech, Baratunde Thurston, author of the New York Times bestseller “How To Be Black” and host of the TV series “Lenovo Late Night IT.” and PBS’s “America Outdoors”.
“This year, we will focus on three pillars: Meaningful Networking, Career Advancement, and Actionable Learning. The balance we want to achieve is 40% block party, 60% tech conference,” said Dennis Schultz, executive director of the Blacks In Technology Foundation. “I want every participant to walk away with knowledge they can apply immediately – and have fun in the process.”
Greg Greenlee, Founder of Blacks In Technology, added, “After two years without in-person events, I am extremely excited that this year’s BITCON will be a hybrid conference. There is no replacement for the in-person engagement experience and BITCON has always been the perfect safe space for our community to interact.
This year, BIT expects more than 1,000 participants. Onsite, there will be dozens of workshops, training sessions, tech demos, leadership conversations, and tech talks for beginners and experts alike. Topics and tracks include Web 3, Cryptocurrency, NFTs, Metaverse, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Gaming & Esports, Cloud/DevOps, Cybersecurity, Data Science, social responsibility, government policy, career development, entrepreneurship and professional storytelling.
Plus, attendees can attend one of the largest in-person job fairs for diverse tech talent, enter a gaming tournament with a grand prize of $5,000, or enter a startup pitch contest with non-dilutive financing of $10,000.
Arlan Hamilton, author, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and BITCON 2022 speaker, concluded, “Conferences like BITCON are important for the marginalized and underappreciated in tech. If we are not invited to sit at the table, we must build our own tables.
To learn more about the conference and to purchase tickets, visit bitcon.blacksintechnology.net.
Sponsors include Google, Disney, Northwestern Mutual, Bridgewater Consulting, Ally Bank, Block, TIAA, CapTech Ventures, Red Ventures, Intuit, ADP, Spotify and more.