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These Innovative Founders Won Big At AfroTech Conference 2022 Pitch Competitions

We’re still coming down from cloud nine after the experience we had at AfroTech Conference 2022. As we previously shared, around 25,000 attendees convened for sessions, panels, social link-ups, and more, from Nov. 13-17, after two years of meeting virtually in AfroTech World. While there was so much in store, we would be remiss to not talk about one of the conference’s most exciting moments — the pitch competitions.

Dec 6, 2022

Meet The Changemakers Shaping The Future Who Were Honored At AfroTech Conference 2022

From Nov. 13-17 — after two years of meeting virtually in AfroTech World — roughly 25,000 people convened in Austin, TX, for AfroTech Conference 2022. While the informational sessions, link-ups, and music, were amazing, AfroTech had even more in store for select attendees. The brand kicked it Black to the future to recognize creators, innovators, and more at the inaugural AfroTech Future Awards — a multicultural awards dinner celebrating African American advancement in technology and venture capital funding. During the dinner, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in addition to AfroTech honoring the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in technology, it also recognized individuals or groups who promote diversity, equity, and inclusion through their career endeavors. White House Director of African American Media, Erica Loewe, set the tone for the night with opening remarks before eight honorees received their flowers for categories that ranged from VC Firm of the Year to...

Dec 2, 2022

Black Ambition CEO Felecia Hatcher Encourages Black Techies To 'Still Stay The Course' In The Midst Of Tech Layoffs

Throughout 2022, news of tech layoffs hit the nation, especially over the past few weeks. In CNBC’s rundown of the announcements that have piled in, Meta had the most cuts of about 11,000 jobs — its biggest round of layoffs ever. As previously reported by AfroTech, Elon Musk also cut 3,700 employees after his Twitter takeover.

Nov 25, 2022

RN Turned 'Tech Girl' Tanya Sam Explains Why She Wasn't Afraid To Disrupt Tradition For The Life Of Her Dreams

There is so much power in making the pivot and trusting that it’ll all work out!

Nov 23, 2022

Elise Swopes Once Earned Six Figures Within 10 Months From Her NFTs — Now, She's Mentoring Artists To Find Similar Success

Creating a successful stream of income for yourself is great, but it’s even better when your win helps others. As previously reported by AfroTech, Elise Swopes made headlines when she turned her love of making non-fungible tokens (NFTs) into making over $200,000 back in 2021. Additionally, the rise in her online presence led to her being featured in projects such as collaborating with Black Women On Boards (BWOB) for its NFT release to commemorate its accelerator program’s launch.

Aug 30, 2022

Wale Set To Perform At The 2022 AfroTech Conference In Austin, TX

AfroTech has announced yet another big musical talent is heading to the 2022 AfroTech Conference! As previously reported by AfroTech, music heavyweights such as Bia, Zaytoven, Bas, and more will be headlining the conference’s inaugural music experience. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AfroTech ( “We are thrilled to bring such incredible musical talent to the AfroTech stage, and expand the AfroTech Franchise to include a music festival. This is especially fitting since our annual conference is being held in the live music capital of the world,” said Morgan DeBaun, CEO of Blavity, Inc., owner of AfroTech in a statement. “We are also excited to host our conference live and in-person after hosting it in a metaverse the last two years. The addition of our live music festival truly rounds out the entire AfroTech experience as we celebrate Black and multicultural innovators, and these rising creative artists.” In addition to the music stage’s lineup, on Nov. 17, the...

Aug 18, 2022

AfroTech Conference Is Around The Corner, But Are You Ready? — Follow These Tips To Maximize Your Experience

In 2016, Solange released her critically acclaimed album, “A Seat at the Table.” The album spoke to the Black experience and some of how the community navigates culture. One of the songs from this album that fully embraces the concept of the challenges, range, and beauty of the Black experience is “F.U.B.U.” In it, she opens by declaring, “…Made this song to make it all y’all’s turn. For us, this sh-t is for us.” In just a few short months, the Solange-inspired calling card will have undeniable evidence as members of the tech and business communities gather in Austin, TX, for AfroTech Conference. On Nov. 13-17, 2022, conference attendees will participate in panel discussions and keynote addresses, network with industry experts, and engage in various entertainment experiences guaranteed to keep the vibes high. While the conference is open to everyone, there is no doubt that AfroTech is a F.U.B.U (for us, by us) situation. So, check out these tips to help maximize your experience at...

Aug 15, 2022

These Are Some Of The Top Innovators Making Waves In Web3 That You Should Look Out For At AfroTech Conference 2022

For a jam-packed week of building knowledge in tech, the AfroTech Conference has consistently been marked as the ultimate place to be. And this year, it’s no different. As previously reported by AfroTech, the annual event will feature exclusive programming, panels, and Q&As to bring the Black tech, Web3, and the business community together for connection, celebration, and entertainment. With the countdown ticking to the 2022 AfroTech Conference, the experience is set to feature some of the top Black leaders and innovators in Web3. While the inside scoop on what’s in store for the conference continues to unfold, here are the Web3 speakers we can share in the meantime, who you should look forward to seeing in Austin, TX. Consider attending #AFROTECHConference in Austin this fall, as an opportunity for your business : from branding, recruitment, industry knowledge, partner collaboration and inspiration. Grab your ticket today. #AFROTECH #BuyBlack #Austin —...

Aug 10, 2022

How Bas Went From Flunking His First College Semester To Becoming J. Cole’s Signee — ‘I Had A 0.0 GPA’

Since J.Cole founded his label Dreamville Records in 2007, he’s proven that he has a skilled ear for discovering new talent. From Ari Lennox to JID, the lyricist has built an impressive roster. One of the artists who flew on Cole’s radar early on is Bas, who signed to Dreamville in 2014. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AfroTech ( Grab your tickets to AfroTech Conference. Although the Sudanese rapper is one of the label’s entrusted signees, he has previously been transparent about coming from humble beginnings.

Jul 25, 2022

Zaytoven Details The Mindset He Had After Receiving A $100K Paycheck For Usher's 'Papers' — 'I Know I’mma Fall Off After This'

Before Zaytoven was a fire producer, he was Xavier Lamar Dotson, the kid who hailed from San Francisco, CA to Atlanta, GA, thanks to his family’s military background. Music has always played a pivotal role in Zaytoven’s life. His first experience as a musician began at Life Abundantly Church located in Conyers, GA, where he served as an organist for the congregation each and every Sunday, according to HotNewHipHop. Although he was not allowed to listen to rap, the 42-year-old producer still managed to sneak enough songs in to plant the seed, leading to his desire to make music. And, as they say, the rest is history — Zaytoven has solidified his place in the industry as one of the innovators of the current Trap Music sound we know and love today. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AfroTech ( Grab your tickets to AfroTech Conference.

Jul 19, 2022

Bia, Zaytoven And More Music Heavyweights Set To Headline AfroTech Conference In Austin, TX

The annual AfroTech Conference is officially coming back in person, and it’s going to be even bigger than ever! While being widely known as the largest event for Black techies to network and build community, for the first time ever, there will be an inaugural music experience at the AfroTech Conference 2022, and tickets are now live. Hosted in Austin, TX — the “live music capital of the world” — it’s only right to bring some of today’s hottest Black artists center stage during the nation’s largest multicultural tech gathering. The lineup features Bia, Zaytoven, Bas, DJ Moma, Mélat, and more. Attendees will also have the chance to party with Broccoli City — the host of one of Washington, D.C.’s biggest music events — and RNB House Party — the traveling unique party experience that delivers nostalgic vibes — following the music festival. What’s more, the after-party is expected to host over 10,000 attendees from across the world. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AfroTech...

Jul 7, 2022