Blacks in Technology Conference

  • Friday, October 11, 2019
    8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Free
Blacks in Technology Conference

Whether you’re a novice or an aficionado, Blacks in Technology Conference invites you to take full advantage of our conference platform to build your resources, business, network, and career. From workshops, demos, panels, labs, sprints, lightning talks, hacks, pitches, career and exhibitor booths, networking parties and more.

Metropolitan State University will host the third day of the conference. The event is free for Metropolitan State students and faculty to attend. BITCON day 3 will cover cybersecurity with a visit to Metropolitan State University, home of  MN Cyber, and highlight the latest technology trends including artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things and Big Data.


8 a.m.

  • Keynote & Plenary Session; Nina Silva and Ron Guerrier

10 a.m.

  • Nail the DevOps Interview; Michael Jenkins
  • Machine Learning Fundamentals; Ekaba Bisong
  • Capture the Flag: A Cybersecurity Competition - Powered by McAfee
  • Metro State Recruiter Exhibition

11:15 a.m.

  • 3 Things You NEED to Know about Microservices; Darius Davis, DialogTech
  • Innovating Cloud Scalability via Containers in the Enterprise; Kristopher Francisco
  • The Legal Risks and Implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI); Kevin M. Pasquinelli, François O. Ecclesiaste

12:30 p.m.

  • #BlackGirlMagic: Women in Tech; Meghann Oglesby and Asia Rawls

1:45 p.m.

  • Identity and Immersive Tech in Education; Stuart Burden, Matsoshi Matsafu, Hilary Dixon, Alex Hofer, Nerdery
  • Let's Hit The Block: The Need for Diversity And Active Inclusion In The Blockchain Ecosystem; Semirah Dolan
  • Building Machine Learning Products with TensorFlow 2.0; Ekaba Bisong
  • Azure Dev Ops+ VS Code + Teams = Perfect Match; Steve Buchanan

3 p.m.

  • A Game Plan For Success in Data Analytics; Fru Louis
  • How Automation Is Opening Up New Opportunities for Jobs and Career Advancement; Yannick Miaffo
  • Scaling Workloads and Businesses with Kubernetes; Ralph Bankston


Contact the Center for Accessibility Resources by email, or by phone at 651-793-1549, if you need disability-related accessibility accommodations, including parking.