Partner with Opportunity Ecosystem as we embark on our 2018 HBCU@SXSW experience.
#HBCUSXSW18 promises to be larger and more engaging than ever. Over the course of one week, college administrators and students will attend official workshops and panels sponsored by partnering tech companies, as well as networking and curated culinary experiences promoting tech careers, startup entrepreneurship and wealth creation. They will also be exposed to highly-respected entrepreneurs, business leaders, technologists of color, and investors from around the world. Past speakers include Founder & CEO of Act-1 Group, Janice Bryant Howroyd, the first African American woman to own a billion-dollar company, John Hope Bryant, Founder & CEO of Operation Hope, Van Jones, Founder & CEO of Dream Corps and #YesWeCode and billionaire Steve Case of AOL and Revolution Fund. A #DiversifySXSW House and #YesWeCodeFund Fundraiser are planned.
2017 SPONSOR TESTIMONALS
Microsoft / Crushing Corporate – “The essence of the HBCU@SXSW initiative is exactly what Microsoft’s mission is all about – helping people and businesses to realize their full potential through technology. Being able to connect Crushingcorporate.com with talented young people just coming into the workforce is so important and this is a great platform to that. As a professional myself being able to give back and share my journey and guidance was gratifying. I look forward to seeing a more inclusive tech ecosystem evolve out of this initiatives contribute to the overall focus on diversity in tech.” – Yoli Chisholm, Sr. Director Digital Marketing/Author
Delta Airlines – “The partnership is a valuable opportunity to connect with the next generation of technology leaders”. – Nicole Jones, Global Innovation Leader
Airbnb – “The energy I felt at HBCU@SXSW programs was palpably positive. It was incredible to be in a room of such talented and inspiring students and the entrepreneurs that made the experience possible.” – Leah Reitz, Diversity Program Specialist
WEI / City of Atlanta – “This was a tremendous opportunity for young people to immerse in one of the most influential and important backdrops to technology and entrepreneurship available. Kudos on stewarding such a clear and direct path to success for the students.” – Theia Smith, Founding Executive Director
ConnXus – “Great group of students, great content and fantastic speakers. Well done!” – Rod Robinson, CEO
#YesWeCode – “I thought that the HBCU@SXSW was the most prominent effort at SXSW for both education and inclusivity. Its much needed at the high-profile festival and encourage it to continue to grow.” – Felix Flores, National Director