Meet the Top 40 Under 40
Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley Recognition Reception
Wednesday, September 16
6:30 – 9:30pm
The Atrium at 888 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tickets are now available for the 40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley awards presentation and celebration. Digital Diversity Network has partnered with theREGISTRY BayArea.com–a leading cultural catalyst for the San Francisco Bay Area’s African American community–to launch this unprecedented recognition of the outstanding achievements of 40 diverse leaders from underrepresented ethnicities, under the age of 40, in the innovation economy. Individuals (age 40+) or entities selected for the categories of Game Changer and Silicon Icon will also be acknowledged. This premier even includes a VIP reception, awards presentation and celebration and will be hosted by Airbnb, in San Francisco, on the evening of Wednesday, September 16. Technology movers and shakers, including influential innovators, diversity and inclusion officers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, leaders of corporate employee resource groups (ERGs), academics, executives, professionals and non-profit organization leaders are expected to be in attendance. The “40 Under 40” recognition will become an annual program to: (1) Showcase the contributions of diverse tech professionals; (2) Acknowledge tech industry progress and promise in advancing multi-ethnic diversity; (3) Inspire tech companies, and the industry at-large, to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion; and (4) Identify role models, thereby inspiring future generations to pursue careers in the tech sector. Click here to purchase tickets. For information about tickets and sponsorship of this year’s event, please contact email@example.com.
The Cross Campus tech hub in Santa Monica provided the backdrop on July 15th for the Content Strategy Salon, hosted by Digital Diversity Network and Warner Bros. This evening of conversations and connecting—both live and via social media–was designed to inform, educate and inspire diverse professionals in the digital media sector. The dialogue between the more than 100 attendees extended beyond the walls of Cross Campus with more than 684,000 impressions on Twitter. The 90-minute program got underway with a fireside chat themed, Creating an Immersive Experience, which featured Guy Primus, co-founder & COO, The Virtual Reality Company (VRC) in conversation with Laurence “Lo” Toney, partner, Comcast Ventures and DDN board director, about virtual reality, immersive experiences and emerging spaces. VRC is a newly launched content studio—helmed by some of Hollywood’s most successful creators—to produce the best VR experiences by combining the best in technology, art and storytelling. This new role at VRC is also blends Primus’ experience in technology and entertainment. The Georgia Tech and Harvard Business School alum was formerly Chief Operating Officer of Overbrook Entertainment, the film and television production company founded by actor/producer Will Smith and producer James Lassiter. He also co-founded and managed Tentpole Ventures, a seed-stage tech investment fund that focuses on consumer lifestyle companies. And, prior to joining Overbrook, Guy was Director of Digital Media at Starbucks, where he co-created the popular “Pick of the Week” program. Primus strongly advocates for women and people of color to get in on the ground floor of emerging technologies and entrepreneurial opportunities, and advised those who are starting businesses of their own to “always play for the love of the game.” In a crowd-pleasing rarity for a digital media event, our panel featured an all-female line-up. Themed M3: Multi-Platform, Multi-Cultural, Multi-Purpose Content this session was moderated by Diana Mogollon, Business Strategy & Development, Warner Bros. Television Group and included: Amy DuBois Barnett, Media Executive/Brand Architect; Robinne Burrell, Founder & Head of Mobile Innovation, Redflight Mobile; Anna Fieler, EVP, Marketing, POPSUGAR Brands; and Evette Vargas, CEO, Writer, Director, Executive Producer & Multiplatform Storyteller, Digital-Reign Productions. This group of accomplished professionals possesses background and experiences from the realms of linear television content and distribution; publishing and online media; mobile; advertising; e-commerce; and digital content creation. The conversation touched upon shifts in media consumption and demographics; engaging moving audiences; content strategy and monetization; and the definition of success. There seemed to be a consensus around the need to reevaluate the definition of targeted marketing—particularly as it applies to Millennial audiences. Given that this generation is more bi-racial and multicultural than those that came before them, it gives pause to the notion of segmenting for demographics vs. psychographics. Other key takeaways from the conversation:
• The story is first. The platform is second.
• Making consumers happy is a measure of success. For highlights from the Content Strategy Salon, please click on the link, below. http://www.tweetbeam.com/event/DDNO
As part of our mission to provide education and information about technology in the context of diversity, DDN presented a webinar about the Sharing Economy on Tuesday, June 23rd. This was the first of three installments for our 2015 Digital Town Hall Meeting series. The conversation was moderated by Sherri L. Smith, Senior Staff Writer, Purch; and included: Peter Giorgi, Global Head of Advertising & Content, Airbnb; Vincent Paradiso, CEO & Co-founder, Let’s Du+tch, Inc.; and Arun Sundararajan, Professor of Information, Operations & Management Sciences & NEC Faculty Fellow, New York University Stern School of Business. During this hour-long telephone town hall, innovative brands and a renowned authority on the Sharing Economy discussed the impact of technology in promoting a more efficient and equitable distribution of resources at all levels of society, thereby inducing the economic and social redistribution of power. Through virtual platforms, individuals, organizations and communities have been given the capability to collaborate and create experiences and/or distribute products and services peer-to-peer, person-to-person (P2P). A live poll of the Town Hall participants confirmed these assertions. Seventy percent indicated that they have used a peer-to-peer service to either save money or access goods and services that were not otherwise within their reach. DDN will offer additional Digital Town Hall Meetings during Q3 and Q4 2015. Please click here to listen to the audio file from our June 23rd event.
An Intimate Conversation with Pandora Founder, Tim Westergren
Kiko Washington – Moderated By
EVP, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Bros.