Join Tech Talent South for an evening of networking with women in the tech and entrepreneur community. We will meet new friends and catch up with old ones, followed by a women in tech panel with Q&A. While we've got women in the name, this event is open to anyone. Featuring: Minka Stoyanova, Artist-Thinker & Philospher-Maker Minka Stoyanova, a native of New Orlean-ian, is an artist-thinker and philosopher-maker. Her internet-informed, cross-media, and often performative practice uses recursion and appropriation to investigate our contemporary techno-social milieu. Currently completing a PhD in Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong, she is a graduate of the MFA program at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland, and has lived and worked in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, Scotland and New Orleans. In Shanghai, Minka was a Senior Lecturer in the Roy Ascott, Technoetic Arts Studio at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, where she taught Creative Coding and Critical Theory. Minka is also an alumna of the Fulbright Research Scholar program in Bulgaria, where she worked with artists, hackers, startups, and community organizers to find and create positive cross-overs between their respective communities. She has recently returned to New Orleans to continue growing her personal artistic practice and to complete her PhD research in technologically-driven cyborg art practices and is currently working freelance and for Solomon Group as a technology integration technician for stage sets, props, and costumes. In addition to a number solo exhibitions and academic publications, Minka's work has appeared in a variety of international venues including: Xi'an Museum of Contemporary Art (China), Clockenflap Music Festival (Hong Kong), the International Symposium of Electronic Art (Hong Kong), Transmediale (Berlin), Videoholica (Bulgaria), FutureEverything (Manchester), Biennial of Young Artists (Romania), and Voodoo Music Festival (New Orleans). She has also held solo exhibitions in New Orleans at Byrdie's Gallery, Staple Goods, and Barrister's Gallery. As a self-referential chimera, Minka’s work seeks a precipitous balance between technology, pop-culture, chaos, and revolution. Full list of panelists coming soon!