Blavity, Inc.’s teams up with Quicken Loans and Venture Catalysts, as well as, Google, Duo Security, NEI, TechTown Detroit and Invest Detroit to present its signature conference, AfroTech, in Detroit on Saturday, August 18th, 2018.
Press Release via Blavity
Blavity Inc. is hitting the road and for the first time ever, bringing its celebrated annual tech conference, AfroTech, to Detroit, Michigan on Saturday, August 18th for a regional conference experience. Established in San Francisco in 2016, AfroTech has attracted thousands of attendees annually and served as a catalyst and platform featuring leading voices from local and national tech and entrepreneurial communities.
AfroTech Detroit will be a culminating experience, showcasing Detroit’s best hometown technology leaders and entrepreneurs alongside national tech leaders. Attendees will experience engaging masterclasses and fireside chats in conjunction with networking opportunities throughout the day with supporting events leading into the conference on Friday as well.
“We are calling on the brightest and most daring CEOs, founders, and leaders from Detroit’s vibrant tech community to share their journeys, failures, successes, and best practices,” says Morgan DeBaun, CEO of Blavity, Inc. “These leaders have crashed through the glass ceiling in so many ways and are shining the light for other Black startup founders and techies.”
Featured guests include founder and CEO of PlayVS, Delane Parnell; Philanthropist and Entrepreneur, Dhani Jones; Owner and Operator of Kanopi Social, Katrina Turnbow; Founder of The Lip Bar, Melissa Butler; Investor at Detroit Venture Partners, Aaron McClendon; Co-Founder of trainX.ai Mack Hendricks; Co-Founder and CEO of Detroit Blows, Nia Batts; along with Blavity Inc’s Chief Technology Officer, Jeff Nelson; and CEO, Morgan DeBaun.
“Detroit is the original home of innovation and multiple Fortune 10 companies. [It’s] an exciting influx of new energy, talent, and investment,” says Monica Wheat, Executive Director at Venture Catalysts, on why Detroit is America’s next leading technology hub. “…Michigan has more engineers per capita than anywhere else in the country. As we enter this next stage of Detroit’s renaissance, we have the opportunity to do something very few cities can – capitalize on Detroit’s 80% African-American population and build an inclusive tech ecosystem from the ground up. We could think of few better partners to help us do this than Blavity and AfroTech.”
Often overlooked for its presence in the space, AfroTech Detroit will highlight the city of Detroit as a key player in the growth of tech thought leadership, specifically for the black community.
“As Detroit continues to position itself at the forefront of technology and innovation, companies like Blavity are vital for showcasing all of the startup opportunities that can only be found in our city,” said Dhani Jones, Philanthropist, and Entrepreneur who recently relocated to Detroit to launch a company
Trey Boynton, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Duo Security, adds on to this sentiment. “Fostering conversation and connection within Detroit’s tech community is vital to making sure everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the city’s vibrant future” said Trey. “We’re proud to partner with AfroTech, which has helped lead the way in amplifying traditionally underrepresented voices in tech and providing them a platform to learn and grow as leaders.”
AfroTech Detroit will take place in the heart of Downtown Detroit, August 18th, 2018 at the Cobo Center Grandview Ballroom and is brought to you in partnership with Quicken Loans, Venture Catalysts, Google, Duo Security, NEI, TechTown Detroit and Invest Detroit among others.
For more information on the event, visit https://bit.ly/2v9YzW1.