Devi Brown (left) and Charlamagne Tha God (right): Photo: (A.R. Shaw for Steed Media)
Over 10,000 creatives, entrepreneurs, programmers, college students, and tech executives will attend 2019 AfroTech. On Nov. 8, the annual conference, which takes place at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California, kicked-off with a slew of panels that highlighted the need for diversity in tech and provided inspiration for those who aspire to be in the field of tech.
Some of the highlights from day one included, â€œLevel Up Your Online Brandâ€� presented by Facebook; â€œCreating #ForTheCulture,â€� presented by Twitter; â€œOur Story is Your Story,â€� presented by Apple; and a fireside chat with Kobie Fuller of Upfront Ventures and Omar Johnson, former CMO of Beats by Dre.
Kobie Fuller of Upfront Ventures(Left) and Omar Johnson, former CMO of Beats by Dre (Right): Photo: (A.R. Shaw for Steed Media)
Johnson shared his story of graduating from Morris Brown College in Atlanta to becoming one of the top executives for Beats by Dre by turning his â€œfear into fuel.â€�
Charlamagne Tha God of â€œThe Breakfast Clubâ€� served as the keynote speaker for the discussion â€œBuilding a Multifaceted Media Empireâ€� with host Devi Brown.
â€œYou donâ€™t know whoâ€™s going to be the next Byron Allen or Charles King, you truly donâ€™t know,â€� Charlamagne said. â€œSo Iâ€™m the type of person that if you have a good idea, I will check it out.â€�
Other popular panels included a keynote speech by LYFT co-founder, president John Zimmer, and â€œBlack and Green: Black economic power in the Cannabis Industryâ€� with Angela Ryse, Jason White of Cura Partners, and Karim Webb.
AfroTech continues today and wraps on Nov. 10.