Preliminary Agenda for 2018 BIT Policy Conference

*Subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Chair
  • 8:30-9:00 am: Registration & Networking (ATL City Hall Old Chambers)
  • 9:00-9:30 am: Opening Ceremony
  • 10:00-12:00: Policy Presentations *20 mins each 
    • Call to Order, Mistress of Ceremony
    • Overview of HBCU proposal
    • Cybersecurity
    • FinTech
    • Health IT
    • Energy
    • Open: 
  • 12:00-2:00 pm: Keynote Lunch Speaker- Mr. Ashley Bell, Southeast Regional Administrator for the Small Business Administration (ATL City Hall Auditorium)
  • 2:00-4:00: "Advocacy in Action" (ATL City Hall Old Chambers)
  • 4-4:30: Closing Ceremony/Instructions (ATL City Hall Old Chambers)

PLEASE USE UBER CODE "BIT2018" for a discount off your ride to Morehouse. It is HOMECOMING---please carpool or use the rideshare services of our exclusive partner Uber.

  • 6:30- Statewide Candidates Reception (Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center--Lobby) Download directions
  • 7-9 pm- Awards Ceremony (Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center--Bank of America Auditorium)- 
  • 9-9:30 pm- Closing Remarks/Call to Action/Administrative Notes

Meet Our Sponsors

2nd Annual GA Blacks in Tech Policy Conference

Uber logoThe Cola FamilyMike Ross

Mike Ross 

Jack CooperDr. Woods headshoSimpli.fiSciberus

Meet Our Partners

OHubThe Village MarketATL Black TechOffice of Andre DickensMCECTAG Diversity
All at podium BIT DOA

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 members of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, AND (2) to learn how to effectively advocate for policy changes.

Mistress of Ceremony- Quin Fraiser

Quin Fraiser

Honorary Chair- Dr. Kevin Woods

Dr. Woods headsho

Awards Luncheon Special Guest- Mr. Ashley Bell,

Southeast Regional Administrator for the Small Business Administration

2018 GA Blacks in Tech Policy Conference Co-Chairs

Introducing the co-chairs


Dar'shun Kendrick

Visionary & Chair


Rodney Sampson

Rodney Sampson


2018 Planning Committee

The visionaries who will make this event a success!

Horace Williams

Horace Williams

Committee Co-Chair
Councilman Dickens

Councilman Andre Dickens

Venue Host
Jae Brown Headshot

Jae Brown

Policy Committee Co-Chair
Kiona Byrd

Kiona Byrd

Logistics Chair
Errika Mallett

Day of Action Coordinator

Overview of the 1st 2017 BIT Policy Conference

We build the real value

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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.

  • 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

Our 1st "Blacks in Tech" Policy Conference Honorees

2017 BIT Policy Conference

Rodney Sampson

Rodney Sampson

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


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


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.