The 2014 #FOCUS100 conference was a great success! As promised digitalundivided brought together some of the most influential thought leaders in tech, top and a few “Old G’s” sharing their stories from the trenches. It’s still catching fire on twitter from the feeling shared, and some big news we announced on the last day…
The placement gaps and perception of people of color and women in tech is the buzz of the moment, literally on the tip of everyones’ tongues in media, and illustrated by some of the speakers at FOCUS.
Dope info was shared throughout, but just a few highlights from the weekend…
On the digital divide: “I don’t think we don’t have a lack of access to the Internet, now the divide is about how we use our time online” – Lauren M. Bias @LaurenMBias
On early exposure to tech culture: “When you look at the word “hack”, you learn its about exploring the limits of what’s possible” - Kalimah Priforce (@priforce)
On inherent bias: “…the politcs of search engine and social media platforms are important. There are biases at work proven through study.” Dr. Safiya Noble (@safiyanoble)
On Starting Up: “Life is out here. Get out of your head. Stop diagramming. You got to do it out here.” – Omar Epps @OmarEpps
That’s really just the tip of the iceberg! Check out more about the weekend on our #Storify
As we are sure you’ve heard on the twitter – this year was the last year of FOCUS conference.
*wait wait, don’t cry*
digitalundivided has been, and will always be, FOCUSed on curating, developing and acknowledging the invisble voices in tech. Our FOCUS Fellows program has been impactful in positioning urban entrepreneurs for success, by making accessible those things that have seemed elusive to some. Access to resources for business growth, such as business plan development and brand marketing insight. Access to knowledge and operational resources through mentorship and advisory board leadership. Lastly, access to much needed capital through introductions to investors that write checks to fund urban startups.
Our current efforts still include our events programs (START, GROW, INVEST), expanding the FOCUS Fellows program to a residency incubator that will continue to provide stellar mentorship and entrepreneurship development to newbie founders – which will culminate in a demo day each October as you have come to expect from FOCUS100.
You can apply for the FOCUS Fellows program for 2015 here: f6s.com/FocusFellows