The largest Black Technology Conference: AfroTech starts in Austin on Sunday

The largest black technology conference, the AfroTech Conference, begins Sunday at the Austin Convention Center.

It marks a return to in-person events after two years of the AfroTech conference being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference features fireside chats with technology leaders and musical performances.

“We continue to address the diversity gap in Big Tech, and the AfroTech Conference serves as a destination for those promoting more inclusivity in the industry. Returning personally, our mission remains the same: continue to build Black Silicon Valley by helping fast-growing companies effectively hire black professionals and close the wealth gap,” said Morgan DeBaun, CEO and Founder of Blavity, who hosts the conference , said in a press release. “We are excited to announce our largest lineup of diverse industry speakers and brand partners interested in meaningful discussions on technological disruption and black innovation. 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 for 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.

The 2022 conference will take place from November 13thth until 17.11th at the Austin Convention Center.

On Sunday at 3:30 p.m. there will be the official welcome and kick-off of AfroTech with DeBaun and Will Lucas in a fireside chat with a performance by Zaytoven.

Other highlights are:

  • 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.


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