Blavity Inc.’s AfroTech conference will unveil a cast of top technology and business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators when it returns in person to Austin, Texas



Bubba Wallace, Chamillionaire, Aurora James and Mark Cuban will address executives from Disney, Amazon, Snap Inc., Meta, Serena Ventures, Greenwood, American Express, Shopify, DoorDash and more at this year’s event, November 13-17, 2022. The AfroTech Conference will also introduce their first music experience, featuring special musical performances from Bas, Bia, Wale, MÉLA, DJ MOMA, Chief Cleopatra, Zaytoven, The Sauce Trio and more.

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Blavity Inc., the company behind AfroTech, 21Ninety, Travel Noire, Shadow and Act and Blavity News, today announced the program for the AfroTech Conference – a global gathering for all technology companies and innovators. This year’s event expands to Austin and brings together more than 300 brands and Thousands of black professionalsmany of which design Equity and DEI initiatives at America’s largest companies including Amazon, Vmware, Google, American Express, Foreclosure, Apple, gap, Dreamville,Intuitive and Shopify and more. The AfroTech Conference returns in-person November 13-17, 2022 at the Austin Convention Center.

The AfroTech Conference will also welcome key innovators and entrepreneurs from the fields of technology, entertainment and business. This year, the AfroTech conference will also introduce its first music experience with special musical performances base, bye, MELA, DJ MOMA, Chief Cleopatra, Zaytoven, The sauce trio and more, including a performance by whales In the AfroTech Official Day Party.

Highlights include:

  • NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace will speak in partnership with DoorDash to discuss strategies to be successful First, the existence only, and being Different in your industry, your company or your boardroom.

  • rapper and businessman chammillionaire will take the stage with Silicon Valley Bank to share his journey from rap star to successful founder and investor. He will speak about his entrepreneurial endeavors, his investment philosophy, and his efforts to make the tech ecosystem more inclusive and accessible to the black community.

  • Mark CubanGovernor of the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team national basketball federationCo-founder of Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company and investor in ABC’s Shark Tank, Haywood L. Perry III and Ansley Carlisle by Mark Cuban Companies will share insights from their entrepreneurship journeys and how they are supporting aspiring founders and investors today.

  • Creative director, activist and fashion designer Aurora James will be joined on stage by Blavity CEO and Founder Morgan DeBaun to discuss how companies can be held accountable.

Web3 companies and startups have the opportunity to present their company and products to the final round where they compete to win a $50,000 grand prize AlphaNoire™ Web3 Pitch Contest Finals. Disney will host a screening of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, opening with a fireside chat with the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Dominic Dorn (Riri Williams).

“We continue to address the diversity gap in big tech, and the AfroTech Conference serves as a destination for those driving more inclusion in the industry. While we return in person, our mission remains the same: to continue growing Black Silicon Valley through rapid response -growing companies are effectively hiring Black professionals and closing the asset gap,” said Morgan DeBaun, CEO and Founder of Blavity Inc and Black Innovation. I am excited I look forward to the ideas, funding and career advancement that will result from this experience and can’t wait to enrich the celebrations with our first-ever music festival of Afro-Latinx and Black artists.

More than 100 speakers will attend this year’s AfroTech conference, which will cover such hot topics as: Securing the Bag: Navigating Tech from Cradle to Career; Rising to the top of the tech ladder for engineers and managers; Web3, Crypto and the Black Economy: Inclusive Access with a New Wave of Commerce; Inclusive product design: what it is and why it matters, and more.

News of the lineup follows the recently announced relocation of the conference to Austin, TX to accommodate the thousands of attendees who are expected to experience the AfroTech Conference in person for the first time in two years.

This year’s AfroTech Conference 2022 will activate new and existing partners including VISA, Riot games, Meta, As a matter of fact, Foreclosure, Unity Technologies, Intuitive, Expedia group, Apple, Dell, DoorDash, American Express, gap, Amazon, and more.

The full AfroTech Conference 2022 agenda is now available live HERE – The program will include panels and Q&A with speakers such as:

  • Mark CubanGovernor of the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team national basketball federationCo-founder of Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company and investor in ABC’s Shark Tank

  • Bubba Wallace, Driver – NASCAR with DoorDash

  • Anré Williams, Chief Executive Officer of American Express National Bank and Group President Enterprise Services – American Express

  • Cristina Jones, Chief Engagement Office –

  • Krista Bourne, Chief Operating Officer – Verizon Consumer Group

  • Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner – Backstage Capital

  • Benjamin Bronfman, Founder and CEO of Electric Tree

  • Nikki Forman, Head of Amazon Global DEI Communications – Amazon

  • Rob Collier, Chief Executive Officer – Rally

  • Aurora James, Founder and Director – Fifteen Percent Pledge, Brother Vellies

  • Ruben Harris, Chief Executive Officer – Career Karma Inc

  • Chelsea Roberts, Chief Operating Officer – HBCU venture capital

  • Daquan Oliver, Founder and CEO – WeThrive Education

  • Samir Goel, Co-Founder and Co-CEO – Esusu

  • Felecia Hatcher, Chief Executive Officer – Black Ambition

  • Frederick Hutson, Chairman of the Board – Pigeonly

  • Hope Wiseman, Founder and CEO – WISECO

  • Iman Abuzeid, MD, Co-Founder and CEO – Incredible health

  • Isaac Addae, Ph.D., Chief Strategy Officer – Pivot Technology School

  • Julia Collins, Founder and CEO – Planet FWD

  • Melissa Bradley, founder of 1863 Ventures

  • Travis Holoway, Co-Founder and CEO – Solo Fund

  • Telva McGruder, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer – General Motors

  • Tanya Van Court, Founder and CEO – Goalsetter

  • Jasmine Crowe-Houston, Founder and CEO – Goodr

To purchase your tickets for the 2022 AfroTech Conference, please visit and to keep up to date with speaker and entertainment announcements, follow on Twitter.


Blavity Inc. is a technology and news media company founded in 2014 with a simple idea: empower black millennials to tell their own stories. Today, we’re home to the largest network of platforms and lifestyle brands serving Black Millennials and Gen Z through original content, video and unique experiences. The company has grown into a leader in black media, reaching over 250 million millennials monthly through our growing portfolio of brands including Blavity News, 21Ninety, AfroTech, Travel Noire, Shadow & Act and Blavity TV.

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