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Six Virtual Tech Conferences You Can't Miss in 2021

Tech conferences are great venues for professionals to expand their network and learn about new and emerging technologies, and for entrepreneurs and business owners to meet potential suppliers, distributors, and even sales leads. Though today’s tech conferences are primarily virtual, given the need for social distancing, there are some genuinely excellent ones coming up. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) One of the most influential technology conferences, CES is full of panels and workshops on the latest in consumer technology and exhibitions from some of the largest and influential tech firms. If you’re looking to learn what consumer tech looks like in 2021 and beyond, CES is the conference for you. Scheduled for January 12-14, 2021, conference organizers will notify you when registration opens if you fill out this form . OPEX Week: Business Transformation Summit 2021 This conference is actually a hybrid event, with an in-person portion taking place July 19-23 in Orlando,...


Aug 2, 2020

Microsoft Engineer Michael Brown is Organizing a Virtual Juneteenth Celebration

If the past few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that not even a global health pandemic can quell racism and intolerance. While COVID-19 has severely affected our ability to convene in large numbers, one Black techie is determined to help Black professionals celebrate Juneteenth nonetheless. Michael Brown, a senior software engineer at Microsoft is hosting Juneteenth Conference , as a way for Black people to “t ake a moment to pause and reflect and celebrate where we are.” In early June 2020, as he was reflecting on his Microsoft anniversary as well as current affairs in Black America, he decided he didn’t want Juneteenth to slide under the radar. Brown decided to take advantage of society’s new relationship with virtual social events to create something special. He wasn’t sure he would be able to get everything ready in time for this year. In fact, several of his friends told him that events like these take at least one year to plan. However, Brown pressed on with the hope that,...

Colleen Williams

Jun 18, 2020

Looking to Attend AfroTech 2019? Here's How to Justify Your Trip

AfroTech 2019 is right around the corner, and we’re excited to see everyone there. However, we’re aware that sometimes as an employee, you may struggle with getting company-approval, especially if you’re in a non-engineering role. Here are some arguments for attending business conferences, even if you’re not an engineer. Recruitment There’s no denying it; Millennials are visual creatures. So, if a company plans to recruit the best and brightest young talent, it needs a strong visible presence. Putting a strong foot forward at conferences like AfroTech will entice people to explore career opportunities at your company. Human resources (HR), sales, legal, or any other non-engineering departments need to attract strong talent just as much as engineering teams. Staying Informed Companies often use industry conferences to announce their latest and greatest projects and, if you’re not there, you’ll find out after everyone else has. Sending delegations to industry events can help companies...

Colleen Williams

Nov 1, 2019