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Wednesday, December 14 – January 31, 2017


Student applications open


Friday, February 17


2017 cohort announced


Friday, March 10, 2017


Registration – All day

Austin Convention Center


SXSW – All day

Various venues


Student Onboarding Bootcamp

Speakers: Rodney Sampson, Opportunity Ecosytem, TechSquare Labs, Huddle Ventures; Derrick Morgan, Huddle Ventures, Tennessee Titans; Dr. Collette Pierce-Burnette, President, Huston-Tillotson University; Jarvis Sam, Snapchat; Keisha Ebbesen, Microsoft
Huston-Tillotson University
1.00P – 4.ooP


Huston-Tillotson President’s Reception (invite only)

5.00P – 7.00P


MVMT50 Opening Reception

Carver Museum
7.ooP – 10.00P


Saturday, March 11, 2017


Technology Mentorship Breakfast [Powered by Affirm, Atlassian, Intel, Pandora & Yelp]

Omni Austin Hotel
Lonestar Ballroom
8.00A – 9.30A


Microsoft Interviews [JUST ADDED. INVITATION ONLY]

Omni Austin Hotel
Room TBD
9:30A – 9P


Panel: Coding While Black

Panelists: Tess Posner, Opportunity @ Work, Techhire; Dr. John S. Wilson, President, Morehouse College; Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder & CEO; John Hope Byrant, Founder, Operation Hope & Author, How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class
Omni Austin Hotel
Capital Ballroom A
9.30A – 10.30A


Panel: Black Valley – Increasing Tech Internships and Jobs

Panelists: Paul Hammond, Cofounder, Black Valley; Cheryl Wade, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Booz Allen Hamilton; Jarvis Sam, Head of Inclusion, Snapchat; Terrance Lockett, Senior Program Manager/Recruiter for College Relations, Cox Communications
Omni Austin Hotel
Capital Ballroom A
11.00A – 12.00 P


Panel: Leveraging Film & Entertainment To Advance STEAM

Panelists: Dr. Knatokie Ford, Simons Foundation; Dr. Kamau Bobb, Program Officer, National Science Foundation; Jacob York, Founder, Electric Republic
Omni Austin Hotel
Capital Ballroom A
12.30P – 1.30P


Panel: Building Inclusive Innovation Ecosystems

Panelists: Rodney Sampson, Partner, TechSquare Labs; Chairman, Opportunity Ecosystem; Nicole Jones, Corporate Innovation Manager, Delta Air Lines; John McElligott, Founder, York Exponential; David Rixter, Outreach Manager, State Small Business Credit Initiative, United States Department of Treasury
Omni Austin Hotel
Capital Ballroom B
12.30P – 1.30P


Tech Opportunity Fund Luncheon

Hosts: Van Jones
Omni Austin Hotel
Lonestar Ballroom
2.ooP – 3.30P


Panel: NFL Unites – Player Protest & Beyond

Panelists: Amber Payne, Editor, NBCBLACK; Derrick Morgan, Tennessee Titans; Cofounder, Huddle Ventures; David Weild IV, Former Vice Chairman of NASDAQ; Founder, Weild & Co; Johnetta Elzie (@nettaaaaaaaa), Cofounder, Campaign Zero
Omni Austin Hotel
Capital Ballroom B
3.30P – 4.30P


Panel: The Sports, Technology and Culture Hustle

Panelists: Michael Peterson, Cofounder, Huddle Ventures; Russell Okung, Denver Broncos; Cofounder, Greater Foundation; Marlon Nichols, Cofounder, CrossCulture Ventures; Drayton Florence (Retired NFL Player; Cofounder, Selective Management Group
Omni Austin Hotel
Capital Ballroom B
5.00P – 6.ooP


Huddle Ventures VIP Reception + Annual Inclusive Innovators, Investors & Influencers Dinner

Hosts: Derrick Morgan, Cofounder, Huddle Ventures; Rodney Sampson, Chairman & CEO, Opportunity Ecosystem; Partner, TechSquare Labs; Cofounder, Huddle Ventures; Rashaun Williams, Founder, MVP All Star Fund
Omni Austin Hotel
Atrium, Lonestar Ballroom
6.00P – 7.30P; 8.00P – 10.00P


Sunday, March 12, 2017


Diversity Recruitment Breakfast

Austin Convention Center
Time TBD