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

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

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

Location: Grand Ballroom

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

Speakers

  • James Andrews, CEO, SMASHD Ventures
  • Troy Carter, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Atom Factory; Global Head, Creator Services, Spotify

10:50 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

TechConneXt Awards

Location: Grand Ballroom

11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Networking Meetings

Location: Marina del Rey

11:10a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

Corporate Sponsor Showcase

Location: Grand Ballroom

11:25 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Surge & Bits

Location: Grand Ballroom/Foyer

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion & Fireside Chats: Tackling Tech Diversity Like a Business Challenge

Location: Grand Ballroom

These Silicon Valley diversity leaders and executives don’t just talk about diversity goals; they create actionable strategies for diversifying their companies by attacking the lack of diversity in tech as a business problem to solve. Learn what their tactics can mean for your career in tech.

Speaker

12:55 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.

Lunch

Location: Junior Ballroom

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Career Lab

Location: Bayside

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

TCX Cares – From the Streets to the Boardroom

Location: Grand Ballroom

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

Speakers

Moderator

  • Marcus Bullock, CEO & Founder, Flikshop

2:50 p.m. – 3:35 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

  • Diishan Imira, CEO & Co-founder, Mayvenn

3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

BE Tech Talk

Location: Grand Ballroom

Speaker

4:05 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

TechConneXt Awards

Location: Grand Ballroom

4:20 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.

Surge & Bits

Location: Foyer

4:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

One-on-One Conversation: CEO Talk

Location: Grand Ballroom

5:05 p.m. – 5:25 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

5:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.

BE Smart Hacker Introduction of Schools

Location: Grand Ballroom

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Reception

Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

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

Join us for some caffeine with 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

  • HBCU Top 3 Winner Announcement

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Be Profitable and Impactful: One-on-Two Keynote

Location: Grand Ballroom

Speakers

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

TechConneXt Awards

Location: Grand Ballroom

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

11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Networking Meetings

Location: Marina del Rey

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Panel: SheTechs: Women Techpreneurs Share Their Funding and Launching Secrets                     

Location: Grand Ballroom

Women of color in STEM are often used to toughing it out in the white and Asian male-dominated workplace 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

  • Cheryl Contee, CEO & Co-founder, Fission

12:05 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.

BE Tech Talk: Up Your Branding Game

Location: Grand Ballroom

An instructive, engaging session with one of the most innovative minds in branding and marketing. Here is where tech startup founders can gain inside knowledge about branding their business.

12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

BE Tech Talk: Disrupt and Innovate Outside of Silicon Valley

Location: Grand Ballroom

Jessica Matthews in 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

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

BE Smart Hackathon Presentations & Awards Luncheon

Location: Grand Ballroom

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Career Lab

Location: Bayside

2:30 p.m. – 2:45p.m.

Surge & Bits

Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

One-on-One Conversation

Location: Grand Ballroom

3:20 p.m. – 4:05 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

4:10 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.

One-on-One 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 art or sport. Increasingly, celebrities are launching their own tech ventures or funding tech companies. Entertainer and CEO of Raytroniks, Ray J Norwood, and others who have successfully fused entertainment with tech, share their perspectives.

Speakers

  • Ray J, Co-Founder, Raytroniks
  • Billy Jones, Co-Founder, Raytroniks

4:45 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Location: Grand Ballroom

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Reception

Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer