Digital news platform UrbanGeekz is hosting its first ever conference this month. The highly anticipated signature event takes place on April 26, 2018, at Atlanta Tech Village, the fourth largest tech hub in the United States.
#UGTechTalkz: Where Media Meets Diversity Meets Tech is designed to facilitate dialogue around how best to promote diversity in tech through the news cycle. The premise is that the media is a powerful tool with the potential to inspire, educate, and spark change. The event will also be an opportunity to celebrate Black and Latinx innovators.
“For three years we have been tirelessly working to create a unique platform that serves our readers, “ says UrbanGeekz founder and CEO Kunbi Tinuoye. “UG Tech Talkz is a celebration of our mission and continues dialogue around important issues. It’s also an opportunity to connect and engage with our audience.”
More specifically, organizers intend to use the media as a lever to make the connection between the success stories of diverse tech entrepreneurs and the inclusion efforts of companies, organizations, and vendors that have supported their enterprise’s successful journey.
“I believe that the media literally provides the context for the social conversations of our time,” says Quinetha Frasier, CEO of Social Impact Technology, who is moderating the fireside chat at #UGTechTalkz. “Unfortunately, the messages and images that fill our digital platforms, periodicals, and television screens create the norms and reality of what ‘Innovation in Technology’ looks like. I believe that this is the best time for media to take a more deliberate role in opening the minds of the stakeholders in the technology ecosystem to expect diverse leaders, across all tiers of leadership.”
The exclusive evening reception will also be an opportunity to meet the editorial team; mingle with key players in Atlanta’s tech, media, business, and startup ecosystem; and much more. The unique landscape of the conference allows guests to foster professional growth in an intimate setting.
It’s an unprecedented opportunity for founders, investors, firms, and the movers and shakers to network and make deals in a safe space. Invited guests will be offered access to the Mixle app that allows attendees to interact and network in real-time. The mobile application is a unique way to enhance the event experience to facilitate professional connections.
Where Diversity Meets Tech will be open to an exclusive group of diverse influencers poised for a quality, high-growth intimate experience. The event takes place at ATV. The thriving entrepreneurial tech ecosystem is a perfect backdrop for our event.
The evening will kick off with a red carpet reception that presents the ideal atmosphere for connection and exhilaration. The soirée will serve as a celebratory springboard for the action-packed event.
“By celebrating and highlighting diverse innovators we are able to bring awareness to those who are truly changing the cultural landscape of the tech industry as we know it,” said Keith Wilson, CEO of Kompass, who is one of the sponsors for the event. “As a society, we owe it to ourselves to push their stories to the mainstream as they provide positive reminders of what the value of diversity brings to the tech space.”
“It’s important to celebrate African American and Latino entrepreneurs because they are talented, resourceful, innovative, and have a major cultural influence on the rest of the world,” said Mike Ross, seasoned angel investor and CEO of MHR International. “If they are given the opportunity to start businesses and access capital to grow and scale them, their impact on this nation and the world will be game-changing.”
A high-powered leadership panel moderated by 11Alive anchor and reporter Natisha Lance will follow the reception. Panelists comprise Burunda Prince-Jones Managing Director, The Farm accelerator; Christian Zimmerman, Co-Founder & CEO of Qoins; Candace Mitchell, Co-founder/CEO of Techturized Inc.; and Amari Ruff, CEO at Sudu.
The highlight of the evening will be a motivational and inspirational fireside chat moderated by Quinetha Frasier, in conversation with UrbanGeekz founder and CEO Kunbi Tinuoye. The former BBC journalist turned techpreneur will provide insight into why she launched the brand along with her ambitious vision for the future.
Throughout the evening guests will utilize the Mixle app, where they’ll experience an accelerated networking experience that will provide the opportunity for attendees to connect with peers, mentors, and sponsors who can directly help them grow professionally.
Sponsors for the event comprise SalesLoft, Kompass, Calendly, Geekz Watch, HonorCode, MHR International, Bevisible Latinx, and Social Impact Advisor. Media sponsors are Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine, ALYintheATL and Black Enterprise, among others.
“We are passionate about building a diverse workplace where employees have professional development and growth and see their future selves growing here,” said: Christine Kaszubski, Chief People Officer, of SalesLoft, who are sponsoring the UG Tech Talkz event. “It’s work that energizes you and gets you excited to come to work every morning, and where you can be your genuine self. That’s the key to inclusion- knowing that who you are, just as you are, is welcomed and accepted. With this, diversity and inclusion are who we are, and is simply part of how we do business.”