SXSW 2014: Black Techies, You Don’t Want To Miss These Interactive Panels

March 7, 2014  |  

SXSW 2014 has officially begun! The interactive portion of the festival kicked off Friday in Austin, Texas and attendees can expect a thought-leadership extravaganza jam packed with meetups, networking events and, of course, a slew of great panel discussions happening at the Austin Convention Center and other downtown sites.

We all want to make as many events as possible. However, you have to have a plan and strategy when crafting your schedule. Is connecting with startups at the top of your list? Or, is panel hopping more your steez?  And there’s no shame if you’ve decided to drop in for the social soirees set to happen throughout the course of the five-day event.

MadameNoire has a few suggestions that will help brand barons, entrepreneurs and social media and tech enthusiasts tackle the conference circuit stress-free.

Panel Picks

Movement 50, formerly Blacks in Technology @ SXSW, a coalition of African Americans, Latinos and people of color in technology organizations, have partnered with EA Games, The Grio,, and the Kapor Center for Social Impact, among other organizations to bring a bevy of different events during the interactive festival. Here are a few events you’ll want to place on your list:

Friday, March 7

5:00-6:00pm at HGI: Colorado Room— Digitalundivided: From the ‘Valley’ to the ‘Hood’, Presented Ashley Scott, DID’s program associate, Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder and COO at BlogHer Inc, Victoria’s Secret front end web developer Tobias Wright and William Crowder, venture advisor for Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund.

Saturday, March 8

9:30am-10: 30am at HGI: Red River Room—Black Women in Tech: Uncovering Barriers to Entry, Presented by Clearly Innovate CEO Aaron Saunders, SOCIALgrlz founder Marissa Jennings and founder of Blogalicious Stacey Ferguson.

11:45 -12:00pm at ACC: Ballroom E—The Real Reasons Why There Are Few Blacks in Tech, Presented by Managing Director at DID Kathryn Finney.

5:00-6:00pm at HGI: Colorado Room—One on One with Regan Gomez-Preston, Presented by actress and founder of web series ‘Almost Home’ or at HGI: Red River Room—How the Black Twitterverse is Changing Pop Culture, Presented by DID’s Social Media Manager Kelechi Anyadiegwu, scholar and entrepreneur Kimberly “Dr. Goddess” Ellis, tech blogger Tatiana King-Jones and multimedia journalist Janel Martinez.

Sunday, March 9

3:30-4:30pm at HGI: Colorado Room—When #BlackTwitter Attacks, Presented by Anslem Rocque, Managing Editor at Moguldom Media Group, MMG’s David Dennos,’s Jamilah Lemieux and Bossip’s Janee Bolden.

5:00-6:00pm at HGI: Colorado Room—An Intimate Conversation with Nick Cannon, Presented by none other than the actor, director and exec producer-turned-philanthropist and all-around business man, Nick Cannon.

Business Bootcamps

Saturday, March 8

9:30-10:30am at HGI: Colorado Room—Startup Star Power: Startups Backed by Celebrity, Presented by James Martin, VP and Co-founder of Yopima, Tyrone Lewis, President and Co-Founder at Strapd, and Vernell Woods, founder and CEO at Yopima.

Sunday, March 9th

11:00-1:00pm at HGI: Colorado Room—Business Prototyping Bootcamp, Presented by The Skool’s Chief Education Officer Jose Caballer

3:30-4:30pm at HGI: Red River Room—The Risks of NOT Building Your Personal Brand, Presented by TV personality, entrepreneur and digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong

Be sure to join MVMT50 at the Carver Museum as they welcome SXSW attendees and Austin locals for their annual welcome reception.

Visit the SXSW Interactive website for a complete listing of events. For the full lineup of  MVMT50 events, click here. And click here and here for MN’s coverage of SXSW.

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