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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

Master of Ceremony: Sherrell Dorsey, Founder, ThePlug
Speakers: Steve Case, Founder, AOL & Revolution Fund; Yoli Chisholm, Crushing Corporate; Jeff Wilson, Founder & CEO, Kasita, Raven Covington, Mailchimp, Keisha Ebbesen, Microsoft, Salih Abdul-Karim, Lead Designer, Airbnb; Michael Peterson, Cofounder, Huddle Ventures & Opportunity Ecosystem; Trier Bryant, Head of University Recruiting, Mike Street (Digital Strategist & Podcaster, Urban Brown Voices); Shanterria Sampson, Angel Investor & Board of Directors, Opportunity Hub; Alston Clark, Howard University Student & Technology Analyst, Howard University Investment Group)
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


Opportunity Talent Suite

Omni Austin Hotel
Rotunda Room
9:30A – 3.30P


Panel: Coding While Black

Panelists: Tess Posner, Opportunity @ Work, Techhire; Felix Flores, National Director, YesWeCode; Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder & CEO, ACT-1 Group; 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; Angela Navarro, Software Engineer, Google
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


YesWeCode Fund Launch Luncheon
Sponsored by Ozobot

Hosts: Van Jones, Founder & CEO, DreamCorps & #YesWeCode; Tess Posner, Managing Director, Techhire; Sam Kapila, Director of Academic Operations and Diversity, The Iron Yard; Derrick Morgan, Cofounder, Huddle Ventures
Omni Austin Hotel
Lonestar Ballroom
2.ooP – 3.30P


HBCU@SXSW Student Luncheon: Major Keys To Google & Beyond

Host: Google
Omni Austin Hotel
Ballroom A
2.ooP – 3.30P


HBCU@SXSW Student Session: Major Keys To Microsoft, Engineering, Entrepreneurship & Beyond, Featuring Jasmine Lawrence

Host: Microsoft
Omni Austin Hotel
Ballroom A
4.ooP – 5P


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 Huddle

Panelists: Michael Peterson, Cofounder, Huddle Ventures; Russell Okung, Denver Broncos; Cofounder, Greater Foundation; Marlon Nichols, Cofounder, CrossCulture Ventures; Drayton Florence, Retired NFL Player, Investor & Cofounder, Tech From Vets
Omni Austin Hotel
Capital Ballroom B
5.00P – 6.ooP


Huddle Ventures VIP Reception + 3rd Annual Inclusive Innovators, Investors & Influencers Dinner (Private)

Hosts: Derrick Morgan, Cofounder, Huddle Ventures; Rodney Sampson, Chairman & CEO, Opportunity Ecosystem; Partner, TechSquare Labs; Cofounder, Huddle Ventures; Rashaun Williams, Founder, MVP AllStar Fund
Interactive Panel: Derrick Morgan (Founder, Huddle Ventures and Tennessee Titans); Rashaun Williams, Founder, MVP AllStar Capital; John Hope Bryant (Founder, Operation HOPE); Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette (President, Huston-Tillotson University); Richard May, Chairman, Innovation Village Baltimore, John McElligott, Founder, The Fortress Initiative and Tim Moore, Partner, Milamber
Book Signing w/ John Hope Bryant, Founder & CEO, Operation Hope; Author, How The Poor Can Save Capitalism
Omni Austin Hotel
Atrium, Lonestar Ballroom
Reception, 6.00P – 7.30P
Dinner, 7.30P – 10.00P


HBCU@SXSW Student Dinner: Major Keys To Twitter

Host: Twitter
Omni Austin Hotel
Ballroom A
7.00P – 9.00P


Sunday, March 12, 2017


Mailchimp #DiversifySXSW Recruitment Breakfast

Austin Convention Center (near Job Market)
8.00 – 9.30A


ABC Sharktank Casting Call

See site for details