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Troy Carter, Tony Prophet, John Thompson And More Set To Electrify The Stage At BLACK ENTERPRISE TechConneXt Summit In Silicon Valley Oct. 9-1

NEW YORK, July 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — BLACK ENTERPRISE will present its annual TechConneXt Summit on Monday, Oct. 9 through Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the San Francisco Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The Summit is a gathering of today’s forward-thinking leaders and a talent pool of extraordinary tech innovators, engineers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, executives, and educators.

TechConneXt is a hard-hitting, two-day Summit that brings together leaders from Silicon Valley and the surrounding tech ecosystem to exchange ideas and provide information about the professional and entrepreneurial opportunities that exist across all areas of technology. The Summit will provide an opportunity for diverse innovators, developers, and creatives to collaboratively showcase the hottest technology in robotics, wearables, mobile applications, and cutting-edge technology solutions aimed at solving key business challenges and improved processes for everyday life.

“Now in its third year, the Summit has grown to include over 600 attendees and many new and exciting opportunities; including TCX Cares, TechConneXt Jr., TCX Pitch and TCX Recruit,” says BLACK ENTERPRISE VP/Director of Digital Shelly Jones Jennings, “TCX is the perfect opportunity to engage and network with your peers in the space but at the same time learn and grow your business or career.”

The Summit will feature nationally recognized tech leaders and will provide attendees with the information, access, and resources needed to achieve real success in their industry.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • John Thompson, Chairman, Microsoft
  • Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor, Co-chairs, Kapor Center for Social Impact
  • Troy Carter, Founder & CEO, Atom Factory
  • Guy Primus, Co-founder and CEO, The Virtual Reality Co.
  • Ray J., Partner, Raytroniks
  • Karen Civil, author, entrepreneur, brand curator and media strategist
  • Tony Prophet, Chief Equality Officer, Salesforce
  • Nick Caldwell, VP of Engineering, Reddit Inc.
  • Tara Reed, Founder, Apps Without Code
  • James Andrews, CEO, Smashd Ventures
  • Clifton Dawson, CEO, Greenlight Insights
  • Jessica O. Matthews, Founder & CEO, Uncharted Play
  • Julian Mitchell, Columnist, Forbes

and more.

TechConneXt attendees will enjoy:

–     BE Tech Talks & One-on-Ones: Leaders in tech will share their insights
–     Corporate Showcases: Companies will share key opportunities that exist within their firms
–     Innovation Lab: Get a glimpse of early stage tech innovations and meet the tech stars behind them
–     Learning Lab: Intimate coaching sessions with industry leaders to help tech entrepreneurs fund, launch, and market their companies
–     Networking: A fantastic meeting place to network with tech peers, VC’s, and corporations looking to diversify their talent.
–     BE Smart Hackathon: Competing college teams will develop and present a product to our judges

Every minute and every session will challenge attendees to overturn conventional thinking and revolutionize the way they see the technology industry. Whether you’re looking to launch a career at a top tech company, a mid-career professional looking for fresh opportunities, a growth-minded tech entrepreneur, or a company seeking to engage more diverse pools of talent, BE‘s TechConneXt Summit presents a unique and unparalleled opportunity for attendees.

This year’s TechConneXt Summit will also cover topics such as millennial tech stars, diversity, keys to Silicon Valley success, innovation showcases, powerhouse conversations, and more. To register and find out more information, visit You can also search #TECHCNXT for additional updates and information about the Summit on social media.

The 2017 TechConneXt Summit is presented by AT&T, Toyota, and Prudential; platinum sponsor American Airlines; and Technology sponsor Kapor Center for Social Impact.

BLACK ENTERPRISE, your ultimate source to build Wealth for Life, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 6 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. Visit for more information.


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