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I’m pleased to announced on June 12th-13th I’m co-organizing the first Tech Inclusion conference and workshops in San Francisco.

As technology continues to affect every sector of business and innovation, there’s a growing concern for the lack inclusion across the tech ecosystem: from the pipeline to the boardroom to Capitol Hill. Entrepreneurs, corporations, education facilities, policy makers and investment firms are all ready to do something about it. The Tech Inclusion workshops and conference will provide a safe, informative environment to explore comprehensive answers.

As diversity and inclusion is about bringing diverse minds and solutions to the table we are looking for thought leaders to explore innovative solutions in the categories of education, workplace, innovation and policy detailed in the chart below.

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If you’re interested in participating as a speaker, panelist, moderator or workshop instructor fill out the “Call for Speakers” form here: Apply To Speak At Tech Inclusion Conference

You can learn more about the Tech Inclusion Conference and Workshops at TechInclusion.co

Thank You!

Conference Organizers: Melinda Epler and Wayne Sutton

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Engineers Week was created to connect students from disparate engineering departments, showcase the achievements of our 62+ student organizations, and highlight UC Berkeley’s commitment to promoting diversity and emotional engagement on campus.

We are pleased to announce we have partnered with Tequity, a newly established student organization focused on outreach and minority inclusion, to launch Fireside 2020. In five years time, by 2020, our big, audacious goal is to match 200 students from underrepresented and minority backgrounds with mentors to help connect them to a full-time job or paid internship — seeking to bridge the gap in the tech workforce.

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– Kat Manalac | Moderator | Partner at YC
– Wayne Sutton | Speaker | BUILDUP.vc
– Karla Monterroso | Speaker | VP of CODE2040
– Chloé Alpert | Speaker | CEO of Teaman & Company

Location: Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center.

Food Provided.

Hosted by UC Berkeley’s Engineers Week

RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fireside-2020-innovation-inclusion-tickets-15585382298

I’m looking forward to speaking and meeting everyone!

Startup PR strategist @Chikodi Chima organized the first #URMinTECH Community Brunch in Oakland today. More on the event later but below are some photos from the gathering.

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Last week BUILDUP co-hosted a Diversity and Inclusion Technology Round Table With Rev. Jesse Jackson at Galvanize in San Francisco. Prior to the roundtable, BUILDUP General Partner Wayne Sutton had the opportunity to interview Rev. Jesse Jackson. You can watch the interview here.

You can view all of the photos on other social networks below:

Google+: https://plus.google.com/photos/107210600059771871270/albums/6112830637841607569

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124948989@N06/

MEDIA ALERT

BUILDUP Hosts AllAccess Holiday Social and Toy Drive Benefitting Local Bay Area Non-Profits

Global impact firm will also announce AllAccess Award winners at holiday gathering

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Dec. 2, 2014 – BUILDUP, a global impact firm designed to connect, mentor and educate technology entrepreneurs, today announced they will partner with several inclusive, world-changing organizations in the spirit of giving back, by hosting a holiday social and toy drive benefitting local San Francisco Bay area non-profits. The AllAccess holiday social and awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, December 3rd at 6pm at if(we) 840 Battery Street in San Francisco.

A free event open to all, the AllAccess holiday social requests guests bring gifts such as educational games, books, science lab kits and toys for kids ages 8 to 17, to support the Lincoln Child CenterPrescott Joseph Center and other bay area youth programs. Guests will enjoy an evening of networking, food and music. To attend the AllAccess holiday social and for more information, please visit http://allacess14.eventbrite.com.

BUILDUP is partnering with Accelerate With Google, Avion Ventures, BlackBirds (Twitter),
BoldForce,
BlackFounders,
Black Girls Code, CODE2040, DreamFunded, femgineer, Girl Develop It, if(we), Kapor Center For Social Impact, Latino Startup Alliance, ODALC, Singularity University, STEMBOARD, StealthMode Group, Up Global, and WomenWhoCode.

“if(we) is proud to be co-hosting this season’s All Access Holiday Social at our offices where we will welcome both old and new friends coming together to support diversity in technology and more,” said Steve Sarner, vice president of marketing for if(we).

Tiffany Price, Information Strategist for the Kapor Center for Social Impact added, “We are pleased to partner with BUILDUP and other companies committed to diversifying the tech ecosystem, using our collective resources and networks to positively impact the broader community during this holiday season.”

AllAccess Awards Winners to Be Announced at Holiday Social

The AllAccess Awards is part of a new era of organizations and individuals working together to drive much-needed change in technology, as innovation requires diverse voices, unique experiences and open access. The awards highlight entrepreneurs, women and minorities in tech, along with STEM organizations, conferences, publications, startups, accelerators, angel investors and venture capital firms.

“It’s time to build our future together. It’s time to learn from one another, build upon bold foundations and acknowledge fellow changemakers building world-changing solutions, said Wayne Sutton, general partner of BUILDUP. “On December 3rd, we honor some of those bold leaders of 2014. Together we award those paving the way to an all access future.” 

A complete list of winners and nominees is available at http://allaccessawards.co.

BUILDUP was founded in 2014 by Wayne Sutton, Kristina Omari and Christian Anderson, who together have more than 30 years experience in technology and investing. Sutton is a three-time startup founder and co-founder of the first minority lead startup accelerator/incubator in Silicon Valley, while both Omari and Anderson bring a wealth of knowledge from their backgrounds in technology, strategy, investments and business development. Together, they formed BUILDUP as they noted the extreme lack of minority technology role models, such as founders or investors who are women, African-American, or Hispanic for upcoming entrepreneurs to approach as mentors or advisors.

The firm is dedicated to increasing innovation globally by bringing innovators together from an array of backgrounds and experience – from the technology, education, health, design, environmental, social and political sectors. BUILDUP hosts networking events featuring successful founders, designers, investors and thought leaders to assist in providing valuable information to first time and experienced entrepreneurs.

About BUILDUP

BUILDUP is a global impact firm designed to support an inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurs focused on building new technologies to solve the world’s most critical challenges. For more information, visit www.buildup.vc.

Media Contact:

Alison Williams for BUILDUP

Email:  alison@awilliamspr.com

Galvanize kicks off their launch event tonight in San Francisco. Connecting with industry collogues and friends.

Galvanize also launched launched GalvanizeU today.

A Master of Engineering in Big Data is delivering a new Class of Data Scientist prepared for real world applications of deep data science skills.

Galvanize is a Denver-based startup focused on coalescing communities of early stage technology companies through the three pillars of Community, Curriculum and Capital. The first Galvanize facility, located in the 30,000 sf historic Rocky Mountain Bank Note Company building, was launched in November 2012. Galvanize opened a campus in San Francisco in early 2014 and in Boulder in the Spring of 2014 .

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When we look at the state of diversity in technology space the numbers are slim. The same goes for offline events and that’s not just in Silicon Valley but across the country. Along with the growing digital divide communities are falling behind when in comes to the fast past world of technology and startups. One community looking to make a difference is Oakland, CA. Next to San Francisco, Oakland has watched San Francisco become the most innovative city in America but their community leaders are not standing idle and watching their neighbors, they are taking action and hosting Oakland’s first Startup Weekend.

While increasing diversity and empowering the community are great, the team behind Startup Weekend Oakland are focusing on more serious topics and problems as well. Such as if “Could an app have saved Trayvon Martin?” Other topics for the event include:

Diverse Teams – to support the assembly of diverse teams for this event, we are recruiting from organizations like The Hidden Genius Project to ensure that there will be plenty of young Black males excited to work alongside you during this event.  There will be five tracks to choose from:

Education

The education track focuses on issues related to the academic achievement of people of diverse ethnicities and economic backgrounds and can include topics related to college readiness, access, completion and career guidance.

Health

The health track focuses on issues related to the public health of people of diverse ethnicities and economic backgrounds such as improving wellness, increasing diversity in the medical profession, and helping Black males navigate and gain access to quality healthcare.

Restorative Justice

Restorative justice seeks solutions related to preventing the criminalization of economically disadvantaged people, and strategies that empower ex-offenders to transition from the prison walls to successful members of the community, and providing valuable intervention resources to high school dropouts or college dropouts.

Gaming

Gaming is an opportunity to re-think how devices like the Xbox and Playstation and other interactive forms of media can be used to improve the lives of people of diverse ethnicities, economic backgrounds, and especially Black males. The focus isn’t just on gaming (games can be created for all the tracks) but is specifically focused on gaming console apps.

Sustainability

The sustainability track challenges participants to create an app or design solution that preserves our environment and encourage personal practices such as recycling, garment collection and redistribution, food production, resource sharing, energy efficiency, and water conservation.

I’m excited to be a judge for this amazing event and looking forward to seeing the ideas and pitches.

You can rsvp for the Startup Weekend – Black Male Achievement at: http://bmaoakland.startupweekend.org/