kicked off last Monday to much fanfare and ended on Saturday after a week of in-depth, innovative discussions featuring a bountiful slate of interesting leaders of color in the tech industry.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual event was held virtually but still packed a punch, bringing in high-profile names for crucial conversations about the tech world and how Black people deserve opportunities to succeed within it.
Live panels and discussions ranged from tackling impostor syndrome, using corporate platforms to advance racial equity and much more.
The event, which allowed users to create their own avatar to navigate the event and network, strives to bring together "fellow engineers, designers, founders and entrepreneurs" for a 360-degree look at culture and tech. This year, more than 7,500 people attended, making it a huge success all-around.
"With our digital AfroTech World, we’re making room for more tech, more talks, more teaching, more learning, more pitching and more glow ups!" the conference organizers said on their website. AfroTech is a sister brand to Blavity News and sits under the Blavity Inc. portforlio.
This year's conference brought in big names like Jidenna, Will Packer, Natasha Eubanks and many more illustrious guests for groundbreaking discussions on all things Black and tech.
The Black art gallery and Black-owned business booth offered a motley of opportunities to buy Black. The event also offered a live wellness sessions, a virtual beach, rooftop, various lounges and a virtual club.
When you run into your friend at the party @AfroTech
— Medallia Life (@MedalliaLife) November 12, 2020
— alisha antoinette (@thatgirlt0nii) November 14, 2020
Day 1 of AfroTech World 2020 letss go!! @AfroTech I really love that I have the feature to speak with people as well as communicate in a chatbox. Tks! #AfroTechWorld
— Josh Blackwell (@_jblxck) November 9, 2020
AfroTech was great this year! I’ve never been to a virtual conference, I was impressed with the presentation of the platform and the ability to interact with people as we normally would at an in-person conference. Nice work @Blavity
— Nate Okorley Univ. of San Diego MBA (@nateokorleymba) November 15, 2020
— Adrian (@ChicDivaGeek) November 13, 2020
Christopher Jackson, a senior Solutions Architect at AWS, described a number of events he went to in a LinkedIn post and thanked the organizers for being able to put together an entirely digital event that in many ways mimicked real life.
"My first AfroTech was an amazing event and a successful virtual conference. Thank you Amazon for Sponsoring my ticket to AfroTech allowing me to interface with many top-talent business professionals," he wrote.
"From the over 1000+ attendees, Top speakers and businesses, and amazing stories and seminars, I very much enjoyed myself at the conference. VirBela definitely pulled off a great virtual platform experience. I can't wait to attend next year!" he added.