The HBCU Technology Summit (#HBCUTECHSUMMIT) will be held on Oct. 27 and 28 at Morehouse College in Atlanta. The event is led by the National Black Information Technology Leadership Organization (NBITLO).
The event theme is “Inspiring Innovation, Encouraging Collaboration, and Igniting Entrepreneurship…”
Hundreds of tech entrepreneurs, thought leaders and HBCU leaders from around the country will gather at Morehouse’s Walter E. Massey Leadership center for the HBCU Tech Summit.
The summit will feature uniquely designed panel discussions such as The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Focused Campus, HBCU Sustainability modeling, and the signature High Tech Expo and Innovation Showcase.
Free for students
This two-day event is geared towards the success of all college students. Registration for college students is free.
“There is so much being said about our nation’s HBCUs and the students they produce. HBCUs are tasked with educating, and equipping a new generation known as the African-American millennial,’’ said NBITLO founder Andrew West.
“Research is being conducted, and experts have marked this generation as entitled, lazy, the texting and selfie generation, and possessing a sense that the world should be handed to them. Rather than focus on the negative stereotypes, our goal is to highlight the positives of this generation and help steer them into tech careers, startups, inspire them to innovate and to become America’s top STEM leaders.
He continued, “I believe that our millennial generation can be uniquely positioned to create new economies, and stimulate growth in America’s Black Tech ecosystem. They are passionate, they seek true meaning and purpose, and are bursting with ideas – let’s come together and enable them, rather than compact them into a box.
Attracting top companies
West said the summit will equip students with resources and strategies while also working with HBCUs “to empower presidents and transform curriculum and inspire global competitiveness.’’
West further believes that while the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities does their part, there is much work to be done.
Companies attending the HBCU Tech Summit at Morehouse will include representatives from Microsoft, Handshake, Uber, Amazon, Google, Yelp, Cox Communications, AT&T, Cisco and NASA.
More information and registration: nbitlo.org/atlanta