BiT will present the Top 10 Black Innovators of 2012 as a component of the SXSW Interactive Festival on Friday, March 8, 2013 during the BiT Welcome Reception being held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Carver Museum. Attendees of the kick off event will enjoy a momentous evening of commemoration and networking over free-flowing libations accompanied with a Texas inspired hors d’ oeuvres menu.
• Heather Hiles – CEO and Founder of Pathbrite
• Katherine Finney – Editor-
• Hamet Watt – Co-Founder of bLife and MoviePass
• Mae Jemison - Physician and NASA astronaut, 1st African American woman in space
• Cory Booker – Mayor of Newark, NJ and Co-Founder of Waywire
• Navarrow Wright – Chief Technology Officer at Interactive One
• Victoria Walker – 11 year old winner of AT&T’s 2012 hackathon
• Melissa Harris Perry – Author and host of MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry"
• W. Kamau Bell – Socio-Political Comic and Host of FX’s “Totally Biased”
• Kimberly Bryant – Founder of Black Girls Code
"Blacks in Technology is thrilled to work with SXSW to recognize innovation in both the technology and Black professional communities,”
BiT is an initiative that grew out of a concern expressed by African-Americans living in Austin to promote more diversity during the SXSW conferences. In 2008, SXSW began hosting a free Welcome Reception at the Carver Museum targeting local African Americans. The event has transformed into the preeminent hub for honoring the achievements of Blacks in technology and one of the most highly anticipated segments of interactive week.
To learn more about Black in Technology please visit http://wearebit.com
Excluding the welcoming reception and awards banquet, you must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold or Platinum badge to attend BIT programming. SXSW Interactive, Gold and Platinum badges can be purchased online at www.sxsw.com/
Celebrating it's 20th anniversary, the 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival runs March 8-12 in Austin, Texas. See www.sxsw.com/
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