Time TBD*

BE Smart Student Welcome

Students arrive

BE Smart Student Hospitality Lounge

Hosted by TBD

* To be based on general arrival time of students

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

BE Smart Hackathon Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

BE Smart Hackathon

Students Only

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

BE Smart Hackathon Lunch

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

BE Smart Hackathon

Students Only

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

BE Smart Hackathon Break

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

BE Smart Student Workshop & Dinner

Hosted by TBD

Students Only

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

BE Smart Hackathon Break

9:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.

BE Smart Hackathon

Students Only

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

BE Smart Hackathon Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

BE Smart Hackathon

Students Only

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

BE Smart Hackathon Lunch

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Presentation Preparation

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Team Presentations

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

BE Smart Hackathon Break

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

BE Smart Student Workshop & Dinner

Hosted by TBD

Students only

9:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.

BE Smart Hackathon

Students Only

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

BE Smart Student Breakfast

Hosted by TBD

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

BE Smart Corporate Tours

Hosted by TBD

(Lunch will be offsite at one of the host companies)

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration

Location: Reception Desk

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Boost & Bytes

Location: Junior Ballroom

Network with and learn from our dynamic innovators, intriguing thought leaders, and passionate entrepreneurs. Make this an important part of your attendance at this year’s TechConneXt Summit!

9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Innovation Lab

Location: Junior Ballroom

Stop by to preview the newest gadgets and devices, try on stylish, ultramodern wearables, and meet up-and-coming startup stars.

9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Location: Grand Ballroom

Speaker

10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Techbits

Location: Grand Ballroom

TechConneXt in REAL time! We’ll keep you up to speed on what’s hot and trending, plus, share big data marketing tips and tools as well as offer giveaways of cool prizes and products you don’t even know you need yet!

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Navigating Tech Through The Hip-Hop Lens: A One-on-Two Conversation

Location: Grand Ballroom

Music management pioneer Troy Carter discusses the future of tech, it’s cross-pollination with the hip-hop culture and how to navigate the landscape in non-traditional ways.

Speakers

  • Troy Carter, Founder & CEO, Atom Factory; Managing Partner, Cross Culture Ventures;
    Global Head, Creator Services, Spotify

Moderator

10:50 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

TechConneXt Awards

Join us as we recognize the exceptional achievements and contributions of tech industry leaders, disruptors, and game-changers.

Location: Grand Ballroom

Social Influencer Award Recipent

This award honors an individual who has contributed thought-provoking content via social media. This individual has shown that they are THE VERY BEST in their craft and most influential when it comes to social media, content creation, and converting followers into dollars! This social media maven was selected based on the number of nominations received, the impact and creativity of the nominee’s posts, and the innovativeness in their overall use of social media.

Awardee

  •  Karen Civil, Author, Entrepreneur, Brand Curator, Media Strategist

Corporate Executive of the Year

This award is presented to someone who has ascended to the “C-suite” level in a technology company through hard work, perseverance, and the ability to connect with others at all levels. This individual is a leader in the tech space, and one who not only leads by example, but also acts as a mentor to others, providing guidance and insight for others to follow their own paths to success.

Awardee

  • Bozoma Saint John, Chief Brand Officer, Uber

 

11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Networking Meetings

Location: Marina del Rey

11:10a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

Corporate Sponsor Showcase (AT&T)

Location: Grand Ballroom

11:25 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Surge & Bits

Location: Grand Ballroom/Foyer

Join us and our dynamic innovators, intriguing thought leaders, and passionate entrepreneurs. Make this an important part of your attendance at this year’s TechConneXt Summit!

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

An Interactive Discussion: Real Solutions to Tech’s Diversity Issue

Location: Grand Ballroom

Two of the most powerful black tech executives in Silicon Valley; a roundtable of millennial tech influencers…this session provides a no-filter look at what top Silicon Valley companies are really doing to diversify and whether those efforts are leading to actual changes. A can’t-miss discussion!

FIRESIDE CHAT #2 (15 minutes)

ROUNDTABLE (30 minutes)

Moderator

  •  Anthony Frasier, Author; Speaker, Entrepreneur in Residence at Newark Venture Partners

12:35 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.

BE Tech Talk: Gaining Access to the Exploding Field of Artificial Intelligence

Location: Grand Ballroom

The technology that is changing our world faster than any other is artificial intelligence. According to Accenture, “Artificial intelligence, or AI, is a new factor of production and has the potential to introduce new sources of growth—changing how work is done and reinforcing the role of people to drive growth in business. Accenture’s research on the impact of AI in 12 developed economies reveals that AI could double annual economic growth rates in 2035 by changing the nature of work and creating a new relationship between man and machine.” It is critical that people of color are informed about AI and about how to gain a foothold in the exploding AI job market. A leading AI expert tells you how.

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Innovation Lab Lunch

Location: Junior Ballroom

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

TCX Cares – Turning Lives Around with Tech

Location: Grand Ballroom

Turning lives of former inmates around was a cornerstone of President Obama’s agenda. Now, meet some formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs who have embarked on successful paths to launch startups and why everyone, no matter their current circumstance, has the ability to succeed.

Speakers

Moderator

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Career Lab 

Location: Bayside

(available to non-Summit attendees)

2:50 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

SheTechs: Women Techpreneurs Share Their Funding and Launching Secrets

Location: Grand Ballroom

Women of color in STEM are used to toughing it out in male-dominated workplaces and going it alone. But is that the best strategy? Hear from three amazing women achievers in STEM fields, their advice in finding support—or “lifelines” from others, and how to be someone else’s lifeline.

Speakers

Moderator

3:35 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Surge & Bits

Location: Foyer

Join us and our dynamic innovators, intriguing thought leaders, and passionate entrepreneurs. Make this an important part of your attendance at this year’s TechConneXt Summit!

3:55 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

The Fast Track from Engineer to Executive

Location: Grand Ballroom

As VP of Engineering at Reddit, Nick Caldwell presents an engaging talk about his journey to an executive position at a top Silicon Valley company and how to navigate through pitfalls and challenges to rise to the top in the tech industry.

Speaker

4:20 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.

TechConneXt Awards

Location: Grand Ballroom

Join us as we recognize the exceptional achievements and contributions of tech industry leaders, disruptors, and game-changers.

Game Changer of the Year Award Recipient

This award is presented to someone who has played a truly transformative role in technology. This person has made an impact through the innovative use of technology such as launching a new type of internet business or tech product or creating an opportunity for others in the tech space. The awardee is well established and respected among his or her peers within the tech industry. In addition, this individual has offered their insight and knowledge in various ways to others, including providing mentorship, investment/funding, or connections with influencers.

Awardee

Trailblazer of the Year Award Recipient

The Trailblazer Award honors someone who has laid the groundwork for others. This person is a pioneer in the tech industry. Despite facing myriad challenges, they’ve been able to achieve immeasurable success in their area of expertise as well as the respect and admiration of peers and those who follow in their footsteps.

Awardee

4:40 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Shared Space: Discussion with a Top Tech Trailblazer

Location: Grand Ballroom

John Thompson is not merely the most powerful African American in Silicon Valley—he is one of THE most powerful people in the entire tech industry, period. The chairman of Microsoft began his journey in tech at IBM and has since had a long and illustrious career in the industry, including serving as a vice president at IBM and CEO of software security giant Symantec. Join us for this exclusive one-on-one with Thompson as he shares the pitfalls and successes he encountered on his journey to becoming a major Silicon Valley player and the lessons he learned along the way.

Speaker

Moderator

5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Corporate Sponsor Showcase

Location: Grand Ballroom

5:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

BE Smart Hackathon Introduction of Schools

Location: Grand Ballroom

Join us in recognizing and welcoming the students competing in the third annual BE Smart Hackathon. These students represent the best of Alabama A&M University, Bowie State University, Dillard University, Fisk University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Johnson C. Smith University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T University, Prairie View A&M University, Southern University and A&M College, and Tuskegee University.

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Reception

Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

BE Smart Workshop & Dinner

Students only

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

BE Smart Student Breakfast

Hosted by TBD

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Registration

Location: Reception Desk

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Boost & Bytes

Location: Junior Ballroom

Network with and learn from our dynamic innovators, intriguing thought leaders, and passionate entrepreneurs. Make this an important part of your attendance at this year’s TechConneXt Summit!

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Innovation Lab

Location: Junior Ballroom

Bleeding-edge technology is front and center in the TechConneXt Innovation Lab. Software and hardware, including smart devices, wearables, and virtual reality tech, are all on display for a truly interactive, immersive experience.

9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Techbits

Location: Grand Ballroom

TechConneXt in REAL time! We’ll keep you up to speed on what’s hot and trending, plus, share big data marketing tips and tools as well as offer giveaways of cool prizes and products you don’t even know you need yet!

  • HBCU Top 3 Winner Announcement

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Investing in Diversity: A Discussion with Mitch and Freada Kapor

Location: Grand Ballroom

The Kapors are trailblazers in the quest to create access for

underrepresented people to the tech ecosystem. Listen to their story, their current causes, and their hopes for the future of technology and tech diversity.

Speakers

Moderator

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

TechConneXt Awards

Location: Grand Ballroom

Join us as we recognize the exceptional achievements and contributions of tech industry leaders, disruptors, and game-changers.

Breakout Star of the Year:

The Breakout Star Award is presented to someone fresh in the technology field with huge potential. They may have just launched an app, created a new product, or perhaps taken a new position at a technology company. This person has “it”—that aura of future success, the revolutionary ideas of a true creative, and someone to follow as they continue on their career journey.

Breakout Star of the Year Award Recipient

  • Alton Glass, Director, Writer, Producer, GlassRock Entertainment

10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Career Lab (Students Only)

Location: Bayside

10:45a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Corporate Sponsor Showcase

Location: Grand Ballroom

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Surge & Bits

Location: Grand Ballroom

Join us and our dynamic innovators, intriguing thought leaders, and passionate entrepreneurs. Make this an important part of your attendance at this year’s TechConneXt Summit!

11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Networking Meetings

Location: Marina del Rey

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Style 2.0

Location: Grand Ballroom

Tech gets a makeover as more stylists, designers, and other fashion, food, and beauty professionals place their tasteful spin on tech. From designer smartphone cases to apps that let you select the local hairstylist best suited for your needs, the business of fashion, beauty, and wellness has technology at its core.

Speaker

Moderator

  • Jason C. Mayden, CEO & Co-Founder, Super Heroic Inc

12:05 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

BE Smart Hackathon Presentations

Location: Grand Ballroom

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon

Location: Junior Ballroom

1:35 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

BE Smart Hackathon Winner Announcement

Location: Grand Ballroom

TCX Pitch Winner Announcement

1:50 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

BE Tech Talk: You Don’t Have to Code to Make It in Silicon Valley

Location: Grand Ballroom

Tara Reed shares her secrets to being a successful tech entrepreneur, yet a non-technical person, who learned to build software without code.

Speaker

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Career Lab 

Location: Bayside

(available to non-Summit attendees)

2:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.

BE Tech Talk: Uncharted Waters: How I Raised $7 Million

Location: Grand Ballroom

Jessica O. Matthews is one of the most progressive female founders in tech. Watch as she delivers action-packed lessons on how to disrupt the industry and innovate without being in Silicon Valley.

Speaker

2:35 p.m. – 2:50p.m.

Surge & Bits

Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

Join us and our dynamic innovators, intriguing thought leaders, and passionate entrepreneurs. Make this an important part of your attendance at this year’s TechConneXt Summit!

2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Shared Space: Discussion with a Top CEO

Location: Grand Ballroom

3:25 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Panel: Break into Virtual Reality, For Real

Location: Grand Ballroom

Mixed reality is the hottest tech trend. With the phenomenal success of Pokemon Go, app developers are finding new ways of incorporating AR into their offerings and combining the virtual world with the real. A session of VR experts discusses how these technologies are extending far beyond gaming and entertainment.

Speakers

  • Guy Primus, Co-founder & CEO, The Virtual Reality Co.
  • Julius Tennon, President, Development & Production, JuVee Productions

Moderator

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

One-on-Two Conversation: Entertaining Tech: How Technology Keeps Disrupting Entertainment

Location: Grand Ballroom

Entertainers are disruptive and innovative by nature. It’s no surprise that they are often early adopters of the latest tech, cleverly weaving technology with entertainment. Increasingly, celebrities are launching their own tech ventures or funding tech companies. Raytroniks is one such celebrity-launched tech startup. Co-founders Ray J and Billy Jones lend insight into how their considerable experience in the entertainment industry is helping them market their Scoot-E-Bike—an eco-friendly, alternative mode of transportation.

Speakers

Moderator

4:45 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Location: Grand Ballroom

5:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Reception

Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

BE Smart Student Hospitality Lounge

Hosted by TBD

This lounge will serve as a place for students to network and socialize while they wait to return home.