Now in its THIRD YEAR, FOCUS100 is one of the most anticipated technology conferences of the year. This October 3rd-4th in New York City, digitalundivided brings together diverse startups, innovative companies like Facebook, Google, AMEX and Microsoft, and top investors from firms like Andreessen Horowitz, Comcast Ventures, Box Group, Gen Y Capital, Techstars, and more for the most diverse tech conference on the planet.
Over 80% of FOCUS100 speakers are women and/or people of color.
Every year, FOCUS100 makes quite a splash - last year the conference reached over 6 million people, with over 140 million social media impressions. Watch the video of last year's conference highlights here.
What They Say About Us
"digitalundivided is one of the reasons 2014 will be a breakout year for women entrepreneurs in tech"
" [The Global Mobile Hackathon] is one of the most anticipated events of the year."
- Fast Company
Your FOCUS Conference To-Do List
Meet a Rockstar Community of Female Techies
Year after year, our attendees have included PhD-grad programmers, MBA-holding leaders of tech-enabled businesses, and more. Our women do Ada Lovelace proud!
Hear Tech Luminaries Speak
Keynoting this conference are Ms. Russlynn Ali, Rachel Haot, and FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn, plus 40+ other outstanding speakers. See the full list here.
Watch Amazing Pitches
Last year, audiences raved about the polished pitches of these female founders (some first-timers in the field). We're sure this year will be just as fantastic!
This year, we've got tons of huge companies attending: AMEX, Google, Mobile Future, Uber, and MORE--all looking for diverse companies! Showcase yours at our Startup Alley. Learn more about our Engagement spaces.
Discover Tech Biz Opportunities in Your Neighborhood.
Find out what initiatives for tech entrepreneurs are brewing in your local communities.
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Conference Speaker Highlights
DAY 1 - Friday, October 3rd, 2014
|FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
Mignon L. Clyburn served as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. Clyburn began her service at the FCC in 2009, after spending 11 years as a member of the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. She served as its chair from 2002 through 2004.
Prior to her service on the PSC, Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She co-owned and operated the family-founded newspaper for 14 years.
Clyburn is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance and Economics.
Rachel S. Haot is Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology for New York State. Her focus is to realize the Governor’s vision of improving the way that government and public engage online, and supporting technology innovation. Previously, Rachel served as Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York. Rachel also served as founder and CEO of GroundReport and launched Upward, a digital strategy consultancy and taught at Columbia Business School. Rachel is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and was named Chief Digital Officer of the Year at the 2014 CDO Summit.
DAY 2 - Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Russlynn oversees Emerson Collective’s work to accelerate progress in US education. She serves as Emerson’s ambassador and leading thought leader on education, identifying policy priorities, shaping investments and collaborating with partners.
Russlynn joined Emerson Collective in 2012 from the US Department of Education, where she served as assistant secretary for civil rights. Nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate on May 1, 2009, she was Secretary Duncan’s primary advisory on equity and civil rights, leading more than 600 attorneys, investigators and a staff that is widely credited with having revitalized civil rights enforcement in education.
Prior to becoming assistant secretary, Russlynn was vice president of the Education Trust and the founding executive director of Education Trust – West. She has worked as a teacher, an attorney, at the Children’s Defense Fund, the Broad Foundation, and was chief of staff for LAUSD’s Board of Education president.
Please visit: http://www.digitalundivided.com/events/focus100 for details
digitalundivided’s (DID) mission is to foster economic growth and empowerment in communities through training and supporting Black and Latina women entrepreneurs. DID uses technology and innovation as the tool to achieve our mission. The cornerstone of our work is the BIG Incubator program (BIG), a 12-week business incubator program for startups led by Black and Latina women. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta’s Hurt Building, BIG provides a structured curriculum focused on developing sustainable businesses, mentorship by top leaders, opportunities to pitch directly to investors, and direct access to funding. BIG is a winner of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2015-2016 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition
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