AfroTech Conference is one of the largest multicultural tech conferences in the United States, and this year, it will be an even more immersive event as, after two years of being hosted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference returns to its in-person roots.

Taking place Sunday, Nov. 13 through Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Austin Convention Center and Hilton Austin, 20,000+ Black tech innovators, founders, entrepreneurs, and more will gather for events filled with dynamic programming on emerging trends, networking opportunities with industry leaders, and conversations with top tech recruiters. Also, for the first time ever, AfroTech Conference is introducing the AfroTech Conference Music Series featuring live performances by Bia, Zaytoven, Bas, DJ Moma, Mélat, and many more. Attendees will also have the chance to party with heavy hitters including Broccoli City and RNB House Party!

For years, the conference has been home to fellow founders, entrepreneurs, and engineers looking to take a 360-degree approach to how our culture, innovation and tech truly run the world. If you’re looking to get a head start on attending the conference this year, check out the schedule below. If you haven’t purchased your passes, don’t delay! Grab your tickets today!

Editorial note: The lineup is current as of this writing; however, it may be subject to change without notice. 

Sunday, November 13, 2022

AFROTECH™ Official Welcome & Kickoff
Time: 3:30 PM
w/ Morgan DeBaun + Will Lucas


Session: Fireside Chat and Performance by Zaytoven
Time: 4:45 PM

Zaytoven / Photo Credit: Robin L. Marshall

Monday, November 14, 2022

Session: AFROTECH™ Cup Pitch Competition
Time: 2:00 PM
w/ Aaron Samuels, Melissa Bradley + Chelsea Roberts


Session: Ask Me Anything with Ryan Wilson of The Gathering Spot
Time: 12:00 PM


Session: Building Viral Products and Product-led Growth
Time: 9:30 AM
w/ Oji Udezue


Session: Creating a Roadmap for Your Product Management Career
Time: 9:00 AM
w/ Asia Mariah Stewart


Session: Digital Transformation in Emerging Markets: Leveraging the Power of the Network Effect
Time: 12:15 PM
w/ Shaïna Silva


Session: Driving Growth Through Innovation
Time: 9:00 AM
w/ Anré Williams


Session: Intersection of Tech and Climate
Time: 1:00 PM
w/ Aurora James, Julia Collins + Benjamin Bronfman


Session: Intro To Cryptocurrency: Crypto in Business
Time: 9:30 AM
w/ Najah Roberts


Session: Journey to Executive
Time: 9:30 AM
w/ Cristina Jones, Kelly Buchanan Spillers + Krista Bourne


Session: Level Up: Continuous Upskilling – How to Keep your Technical Team Sharp
Time: 11:30 AM
w/ Kandirra Wilson


Session: Level Up: Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace and Life

Time: 11:00 AM
w/ Samuel Davis


Session: Level Up: Understanding Energy Management & Burnout Recovery
Time: 10:30 AM
w/ Nova Nicole


Session: National Geographic: Reimagine a 100-Year-Old Brand
Time: 11:30 AM
w/ Joseph Hapli, Nicky Everette + Anthony “Tony” Luckett


Session: Purpose, Equity and Innovation with Touré Roberts
Time: 1:00 PM
w/ Touré Roberts


Session: Running The Game: Becoming a Venture Catalyst
Time: 3:15 PM
w/ Arlan Hamilton, Ryan Wilson + Quawn Clark


Session: The Community Economy: Realizing the Value of Black Currency Time: 10:30 AM
w/ Kalah Haley


Session: The Secret to Product Innovation: MRW over MVP
Time: 12:45 PM
w/ Jeff Nelson


Session: Why You Should Be Leveraging Culture To Launch Your New Product
Time: 10:00 AM
w/ Blake Lynch


Session: WTF Are NFTs
Time: 12:30 PM
w/ Harold Hughes



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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Session: Creating Meaningful Partnerships in Web3
Time: 7:00 AM
w/ Tanya Sam + Shondra Washington


Session: Revisiting the Talented Tenth: Reclaiming our Renaissance

Time: 7:00 AM
w/ Brigette Jones, Torian Robinson + Tammy Gordon


Session: Design in an Automated Future
Time: 9:00 AM
w/ Ovetta Sampson


Session: AI-Driven Business Model Disruption to Thrive in a Web3 Economy
Time: 9:30 AM
w/ Trice Johnson


Session: Reskilling America
Time: 9:30 AM
w/ Ruben Harris, Taryn Powdrell + Tammy Gordon


Session: Building Together: Why Investing in Esusu and SoLo Funds Improves Community
Time: 9:30 AM
w/ Alison Stillman, Samir Goel +Travis Holloway


Session: Fueling the Creator Economy with Social Tokens
Time: 9:30 AM
w/ Robert Collier


Session: Defi For Good
Time: 10:00 AM
w/ Omi Iyamu


Session: AlphaNoire™ Web3 Pitch Competition Finals
Time: 12:00 PM
w/ Florcy Morisset, Brandon Bryant + Will Campbell


Session: Accountability Matters: How to Hold Corporations Accountable for their Actions
Time: 10:15 AM
w/ Aurora James + Morgan DeBaun


Session: Ask Me Anything With Tanya Sam
Time: 10:15 AM


Session: Developing Inclusive Open Source Communities
Time: 10:30 AM
w/ Demetris Cheatham


Session: Designing and Engineering Inclusive Products
Time: 11:00 AM
w/ Bertrand Saint-Preux


Session: Investments In Africa
Time: 11:15 AM
w/ Chidinma Iwueke, Chika Uwazie + Ngozi Dozie


Session: Scaling Social Impact: How To Leverage Relationships for Strategic Business Growth
Time: 12:00 PM
w/ Isaac Addae, Joshua Mundy + Quawn Clark


Session: How The Tech Sector Can Contribute to a Reimagined Equitable Economy 11/15/2022
Time: 1:00 PM
w/ Samantha Tweedy

Session: How to Raise Funding as a Web3 Startup
Time: 1:30 PM
w/ Gregory Jones + Florcy Morisset


Session: Impact at the Intersection: The Power of Black Social Innovation in Tech (Discussion and Film Screening)
Time: 1:45 PM
w/ Melissa Bradley, Daquan Oliver + Felecia Hatcher


Session: How to Utilize Blockchain as an Artist
Time: 2:00 PM
w/ Elise Swopes


Session: How to Hack a Serverless Environment (and keep yours from being hacked)
Time: 2:00 PM
w/ Desmond Lamptey

Session: Pigeonly: The Product of My Environment
Time: 2:30 PM
w/ Frederick Hutson + Jeff Nelson

Session: Get That Refactor Project Funded
Time: 2:30 PM
w/ Mary Farrow


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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Session: Fireside with Nyla Hayes
Time: 10:00 AM


Session: The Electric Future of Cars
Time: 10:00 AM
w/ Jeff Nelson + Telva McGruder


Session: Fireside with Hope Wiseman
Time: 11:00 AM


Session: Future of Entertainment in Web3
Time: 11:00 AM
w/ Stephanie Alexis Smellie, Summer Watson + Micah Johnson


Session: The Business of Hip Hop
Time: 11:30 AM
w/ Tim Hinshaw Wallace Joseph + Stephanie Ogbogu


Session: Closing Ceremony
Time: 1:30 PM
w/ Will Lucas


Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM [Please note: Doors open at 5:00 PM]
w/ Headliner BIA + DJ Millie, The Sauce Trio


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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Blavity Inc. Day Party with Performance By Wale
Time: 11:00 AM

Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM [Please note: Doors open at 4:00 PM]
w/ Headliner: Bas + DJ Hella Yella, Chief Cleopatra, Mélat, DJ Moma