Preliminary Agenda for 2018 BIT Policy Conference

*Subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Chair

 

  • 8:00-8:30: Registration & Networking
  • 8:30-9:00 am: Opening Ceremony
  • 9:00-9:30 am: Overview of policy targets: Where They Are And Why?
  • 10:00-12:00: Policy Presentations *20 mins each
    • K-12 Education
    • Higher Ed
    • Ecosystem Building
    • Capital Formation
    • Open
  • 12:00-2:00 pm: Awards Lunch *Ashley Bell presenting
  • 2:00-4:00: "Advocacy in Action"
    •  The importance of advocacy: Call to Action
    • The legislative process (lobbyists)
    • Ways to advocate 
  • 4-4:30: Closing Ceremony/Instructions
  • 5:00-6:30- Off campus VIP reception (Morehouse)
  • 7-9 pm- Gubernatorial Debate (Morehouse)

 

2018 GA Blacks in Tech Policy Conference Objectives:

Objective: (1) To present policy and initiative recommendations to members of the Georgia legislature, particularly to the 61 members of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, AND (2) to learn how to effectively advocate for policy changes.

Sponsorship Opportunities
  • $10,000 (Presenting Conference Sponsor) ​- All benefits of reception sponsor but conference named after sponsor. [Limit: 1]
  • $5,000 (Reception Sponsor)- All benefits of tech investor plus 1 person on planning committee and reception named after sponsor. [Limit: 2]
  • $2,500 (Tech Investor)- All benefits of Tech Innovator plus host an advocacy section from choices given. [Limit:8-10]
  • $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.
Sponsors
LogoAll at podium BIT DOA

I am pleased that we were able to pass HR 1036, a resolution to urge the state of Georgia to fund a public awareness campaign to encourage students into computer science jobs.

Stats from Our 2017 BIT Policy Conference

We build the real value

  • Over 300 registrants for event
  • 27 Members of the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate
  • 14 corporate sponsors/partners
  • 7 awardees in the field of diversity in tech
  • 1 proclamation from the Atlanta City Council
  • 1st EVER GA Blacks in Tech Day of Action at the State Capitol, where Rodney Sampson addressed the GA House of Representatives and there was a forum sponsored by the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus
  • Over 2 hours of policy proposals resulting in 4 proposed pieces of legislation
  • 15 black tech displays
  • 5 media pieces
  • 14 members of the planning committee

Conference Co-Chairs

2017 BIT Policy Conference

Dar'shun-Kendrick1

Dar'shun Kendrick

Visionary & Chair
Rodney Sampson

Rodney Sampson

Co-Chair

Opportunity Ecosystem;

Partner, TechSquare Labs

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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.