About the 2017 BIT Policy Conference

·         Comprehensive policy proposals presented to Georgia legislators

 

·         "Day of Action" Details- 1st 50 people to register. Feb. 6th (8-11:30 am) at the State Capitol, followed by Communications & Tech Symposium, hosted by the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus *These are 2 SEPARATE events. Register for BOTH if you'd like to attend BOTH events. View our Legislation Cheat Sheet and get active!

 

·         Press: On Common Ground News article , WABE-FM interview with Ben McFarlin, GA House of Representatives Press Release, UrbanGeekz article, Interview on WABE-FM's "Closer Look"with tech entrepreneur Ben McFarlin of HelpBondMe

 

·         Statistics:

   ·         Over 305 registered attendees, 150 attendees

·         27 GA legislators

·         Over 25 volunteers

·         14 black tech vendors displaying products of services

·         13 sponsors, including TriNet and Microsoft

·         8 superstar awardees making a significant impact in the Atlanta black ecosystem

Objective:

To present policy and initiative recommendations to members of the Georgia legislature, particularly to the 61 members of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.

Interested in being on the Planning Committee for 2018 Conference?

Fill Out Interest Form: https://goo.gl/forms/imtbsZ6sFvaaGfPs2

 

Sponsorships Available NOW for 2018 Conference & Reception

Sponsorship Opportunities
  • $10,000 (Presenting Sponsor) ​- All benefits of reception sponsor but conference named after sponsor.
  • $5,000 (Reception Sponsor)- All benefits of tech investor plus 1 person on planning committee and reception named after sponsor.
  • $2,500 (Tech Investor)- All benefits of Tech Innovator plus host of a roundable discussion on a topic of your choice.
  • $1,000 (Tech Innovator)- All benefits of Tech Entrepreneur plus ability to put information in gift bags and on registration table.
  • $500 (Tech Entrepreneur)- Display table. Logo and name on all marketing material for conference.

 

Contact Dar'shun to learn more at:

DKendrick@DarshunKendrick.com or (404) 919-0660

A Proclamation From the Atlanta City Council

In honor of the 1st Annual GA Blacks in Tech Policy Conference, Councilman Andre Dickens presented Kiona Byrd (Planning committee member), myself and Rodney Sampson with a proclamation from Atlanta City Council.

 

Conference Co-Chairs

2017 BIT Policy Conference

Dar'shun-Kendrick1

Dar'shun Kendrick

Visionary & Chair
Rodney Sampson

Rodney Sampson

Chairman

Opportunity Ecosystem;

Partner, TechSquare Labs

BIO

2017 Planning Committee

2017 BIT Policy Conference

​Shemlah Naphish

​Shemlah Naphish

Sponsorship Chair
Tre Riddle

Tre Riddle

Policy Committee
Andrea Glaze

Andrea Glaze

Liaison Chair
Regina Lewis

Regina Lewis

Vendor Co- Coordinator
Quinetha Frasier

Quinetha Frasier

Vendor Co- Coordinator
Terrence Hight, Jr.

Terrence Hight, Jr.

Communications Chair
Scott Scredon

Scott Scredon

Communications Co-Chair
Tashan Parks Twyman

Tashan Parks Twyman

Program Chair
Kiona Byrd

Kiona Byrd

Logistics Chair
Errika Moore

Errika Moore

Policy Director

The Host Committee (of Experts)

Tyler Scriven, Patientory

Prof. Gari D. Clifford,

Emory Associate Professor and Adjunct Professor at Morehouse

Our 1st "Blacks in Tech" Policy Conference Honorees

2017 BIT Policy Conference

Rodney Sampson

Rodney Sampson

Chairman

Opportunity Ecosystem;

Partner, TechSquare Labs

GA's "Blacks in Tech" Chair's Award for Overall Ecosystem Building

This award is given to the individual that has demonstrated an overall commitment to building the black tech ecosystem in every area.

Ayana Gabriel

Ayana Gabriel

Arthur M. Blank Foundation

GA's "Blacks in Tech" Award for K-12 Early Support

Individual that has championed education of technology in the black community for grades K-12.

Paul Judge

Paul Judge

Luma, TechSquare Labs

GA's "Blacks in Tech" Award for Capital Formation & Growth

Individual that has raised or facilitated raising capital in the black tech community.

Kunbi Tinuoye

Kunbi Tinuoye

UrbanGeekz

GA's "Blacks in Tech" Award for Media Amplification

Individual that has promoted blacks in tech in media and other public relations medium.

Councilman Andre Dickens

Councilman Andre Dickens

Techbridge

GA's "Blacks in Tech" Award for Adult Education

Individual that has championed blacks in tech education outside of the formal education system.

Mike Ross

Mike Ross

MHR International, Inc.

GA's "Blacks in Tech" Award for Investments

Individual that has consistently and aggressively invested in the black tech community.

Nicole Jones

Nicole Jones

Delta Air Lines

GA's "Blacks in Tech" Award for Corporate Innovation

Individual that has unapologetically advocated for corporate participation in the elevation of blacks in technology.

Tiffany Bussey

Tiffany Bussey

Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center

GA's "Blacks in Tech" Award for Higher Education

Individual that has supported and promote blacks in tech in higher education.