The Most Diverse Tech Conference on the Planet. Oct 3rd- Oct 4th 2014, New York, NY

FOCUS100 2014 Symposium: October 3rd

Day 1: FOCUS 2014 Symposium - Oct 3rd Agenda
9:00am You Can't Have Innovation Without Diversity: Important Trends in Tech
Speaker: Kathryn Finney (@KathrynFinney)
Managing Director, digitalundivided
9:15am Fireside Chat: How To Raise Smart Money For Your Billion Dollar Idea

Keynote Speaker: Brian S. Cohen (@brianscohen)
Chairman, New York Angels

Interviewer: Lauren Maillian Bias (@LaurenMBias)
Founder and CEO, Luxury Market Branding
9:45am Building the Pipeline: Organizations Building the Future Tech Stars


Kalimah Priforce (@priforce)
Co-Founder, Qeyno Labs

Laura Weiden Powers (@laurawp)
Co-Founder, Executive Director, CODE2040

Dr. Kortney Ziegler (@fakerapper)
Founder and Co-Founder, Trans*H4CK and BlackStarMedia

Judith Owigar (@akirachix)
Executive Director, Akirachix
10:20am Talk: Black Women and The Search Engine

Speaker: Dr. Safiya Noble (@safiyanoble)
Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
10:35am BREAK
10:45am Tale of Two Techies


Erin Teague (@ErinTeague)
Director of Product Management, Yahoo

Lauryn Hale
Strategic Partner Developer, Facebook
11:00am Our First $1 Million: Stories from the Trenches


Monif Clarke (@monifclarke)
CEO & Founder, Monif C. Plus Sizes

Heather Hiles (@HeatherHiles)
Founder and CEO, Pathbrite

Kelle James (@ksemaj)
Founder and CEO, Mercaris

Jean Brownhill-Lauer (@jvbl)
Founder & CEO,
11:40am Conversations: Lessons from Old Gs.


Anil Dash (@anildash)
Co-Founder, ThinkUp and Activate
12:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm A Conversation with Former FCC chairwoman, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
2:00pm Disrupting Distribution: New Media Companies Skirting Traditional Media Channels

Nicole- An African City Issa Rae
2:30pm Content is KING.

Moderator: Elisa Camahort Page
2:45pm The Cradle of Disruption: Three Top African Startups Changing the World

Jamila A., Rebecca Enonochong, l, Clarisse Iribagize, Rwandan
3:15pm BREAK
3:30pm Conversation with Rachel Haot

Rachel Haot, I
4:00pm Top Developers Present Their Favorite Tools

Tobias Wright, Courtney Ervin, Scott Joseph, Adria Richards,
5:00pm Closing
6:00pm Engagement Center Closes

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