Join us in New Orleans for the ultimate Black Tech meetup Essence Festival Week! Black Tech NOLA brings Black techies together for work and play during the largest Black music festival in the country. Come a few days before Essence Festival test and demo products from national brands, meet tech executives and thought leaders, learn about resources for your business, network at our after hours events, visit our pop up innovation lab, watch local techies compete at our pitch competition and get the scoop on how to take your career to the next level. NOLAVATE Black, is a diversity, equity and inclusion initiative, advocating for Black tech professionals in the Greater New Orleans Region. Our second annual 2019 Black Tech NOLA Conference, July 1st- 3rd in New Orleans connects techies during the largest Black music festival in the country bringing nearly 1 million visitors to the city every year! Early bird tickets: $125.00 Starts April 1st and Ends April 30th. Register before April 30th to be entered in our raffle for a free Microsoft Surface Pro. Limited tickets available. Learn more at nolavateblack.com. Early bird registrations also get an exclusive ticket to the NOLA TECH30 honoree mixer on July 1st at the Ace Hotel. The private event celebrates Black tech professionals in the Greater New Orleans Community making innovative strides in tech. Special thanks to our sponsor and partner Microsoft! Main Stage Speakers: LaTosha Brown - Black Voters Matter, Founder Kim Walker LeGrue - City of New Orleans, CIO Dr. Nashlie Sephus - Amazon/AWS, Software Development Manager Kyndra Joi, MC & Host - WBOK 1230AM, Radio Personality Schedule: Monday July 1st NOLA Tech 30 - Exclusive VIP Honoree Mixer recognizing 30 Black professionals changing the game in tech in the Greater New Orleans Area. Early bird registrations will get a special all access pass to the premier event celebrating top leaders in tech. Limited tickets available. Presented by Microsoft. Tuesday July 2nd Investing In Equity (Morning) Funders and investors will have an open and honest conversation about what it will take to close the gap in technology. Main stage will include talks and a panel on race, diversity, inclusion and equity and the complexities they each play in funding, hiring and access to resources. Building the Tech Pipeline (Afternoon) 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 early childhood to adult education technology programs. Our Voice - Our Mic (Morning) Segment will spotlight founders making waves in media. Participants will hear from content creators and tech creatives of color who use innovative platforms to disrupt media. Power of Tech (Evening) Panelists will discuss the impact technology plays in activism and grassroots efforts. Advocates from across the country will share strategies for engagement, advocacy and empowering disenfranchised communities. NOLAVATE Pitch Competition (TBD) Early stage local tech startups will compete for a chance to win seed funds for their big idea. Stay tuned for more information. Keep checking nolavateblack.com for speaker updates and news!