The Most Diverse Tech Conference on the Planet! Oct 3rd-Oct 4th 2014- New York City
FOCUS100 is one of the most anticipated technology conferences of the year. This October 3rd-4th in New York City, digitalundivided brings together diverse startups, innovative companies like Facebook, Google, AMEX and Microsoft, and top investors from firms like Andreessen Horowitz, Comcast Ventures, Box Group, Gen Y Capital, Techstars, and more for the most diverse tech conference on the planet.
Over 80% of FOCUS100 speakers are women and/or people of color.
Global Mobile Hack is a hackathon which focuses on the development of applications that improve the lives of urban communities around the globe, using APIs from companies such as Google, Pearson, and more.
MC Hammer, Issa Rae, Majora Carter and more inspired the digitalundivided community as they dropped gems about how they got into the tech space and what inspired them to start their companies. What's even more? FOCUS100 2013 reached over 6 million people, with over 140 Million (yes million) impressions on Twitter!
Gems dropped for days, at our Startup Bootcamp. Our startup bootcamp was an intensive day-long workshop for tech-based startups interested in positioning their companies for funding and strategic partnerships. This was a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn about best practices in starting their business from leaders in the tech field. Click here to see the Storify Recap.
MC Hammer, Issa Rae and more. Check what else went down during our Symposium. Our symposium brought together investors, leaders, entrepreneurs and more for an all day symposium. Panels ranged from tips about getting Angel Investment to how to join the "Millionaires Club." Cherry on top was the Pitch competition, where four amazing companies presented their game-changing ideas. See the full recap below!
All-night hacking! Check out what went down during our hackathon. New to #FOCUS100 this year was the Global Mobile Hackthon. Our hackathon was dedicated to creating innovative ways to increase access to data/information on mobile platforms in urban communities around the world. Teams presented amazing ideas on how to use mobile tackle challenges in Click Here
FOCUS100 2012 reach 3.7 million individuals, with 47 Million (yes million) impressions. Just to give you a comparison, Techcrunch Disrupt NYC generated 48 million impressions, with over 1,000 attendees
Over 45 tech companies founded/co-founded by black women attended FOCUS100 2012 at Ogilvy Headquarters in NYC, becoming our first class of FOCUS Fellows. Every fellow received 2, 1 hour mentorship sessions with investors and leaders from major organizations like Microsoft, Facebook, Andreessen Horowitz, Victoria's Secret, BlogHer, Ogilvy, and Macys.
The conference was covered by the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Beta Beat, Essence (three times), Women 2.0 (twice), Meta Q and other top publications.
Click Here for a full list of our FOCUS100 2012 speakers
For those observing Yom Kippur: Unfortunately, FOCUS100 2014 falls on the same weekend as Yom Kippur. digitalundivided wants to make sure those who are observing the holiday are able to engage in the conference, so we will be providing videos of all FOCUS sessions to those who are unable to attend due to Yom Kippur. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.
The FOCUS Fellow Program
FOCUS Fellows are exceptional founders of tech enabled companies who just happen to be black women. Each Fellow completes an extensive application process and receives additional guidance in the development of their companies.
This year the fellowship will run from September 30th-October 5th and is open to early stage, but developed (companies who have raised less than $50k in funding) tech based companies founded/co-founded by black women. digitalundivided provides transportation (in continental US), room & board, mentorship, year pass to online community and an all access pass to FOCUS100 for 8 fellows in exchange for a small equity position.
Apply to be a FOCUS Fellow HERE!
See a listing of previous FOCUS Fellows HERE!
American Express OPEN is the exclusive financial partner of START & FOCUS 100 2014.
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.
Mobile Future is a coalition of tech/ communications companies & non-profit orgs that support investment & innovation in the wireless sector
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