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Mavens I/O: A #WomenInTech Conference

  • ThoughtWorks NYC 99 Madison Avenue, 15th Fl New York, NY, 10016 United States (map)

Maven: “a trusted expert who seeks to share timely, relevant knowledge with others”


Join us Saturday, February 24th for a day long convergence of women in technology. Come celebrate, engage, and learn with mavens at every level of expertise making waves in the digital arena.


The Mavens I/O #WomenInTech event series seeks to

  • Lift up the voices of women of color, both up and coming and those at the top of their fields, paving the way for a truly diverse, inclusive tech future for all.

  • Connect newcomers with professionals in focused learning sessions, where they'll get tips, support, and resources for launching their projects and startups.

  • Afford opportunities for mentorship, networking and exchange of ideas with companies committed to cultivating an equitable tech industry.

  • Provide a safe, liberating space for women to engage each other in honest, meaningful discussions around their experiences at the intersections of race, gender and sexuality within the tech industry.

Event Details & Schedule

10:00am | Welcome & Open Breakfast
Introduction by the We Build Black and [urban] repose teams


10:30am | The State of Black Tech
Leaders in tech & diversity discuss what direction technology is heading. Where are people of color in that future?

Panelists Include:

Bianca Jackson, Jax Digital LLC

Jerelyn Rodriguez, The Knowledge House.

Pharah Jean-Philippe, JP Morgan-Chase

Arlana Agiliga, One Zero Capital.


11:15am | Break / Breakout Session

How to make a Food Reccomendation Engine in Neo4j by Alicia Powers, NYCEDC


12:00pm | The Gap within 'the Gap'
Tech mavens of color discuss isolation and progress in their career journey.

Panelists include:

Nicole Johnson, Manager, Chef Software

Ajuna Kyaruzi, Google

Abby Garcia, LinkedIn

La Vesha Parker, Etsy


12:45pm | Break / Breakout Session


1:30pm | Digital Storytelling & Distruptive Hackitvism 
A chat with tech creatives who are leveraging tech to push social change.

Panelists include:

Georgie-Ann Getton Mckoy, Illicit Mind Inc.

Kathryn Kosmides, SummitSync &

2:15pm | Break / Breakout Session


3:00pm | Keynote Speech by DeShuna Spencer, CEO and Founder of kweliTV
Being Unapologetically Black: How to Translate your Passion into Digital Product


3:30pm | Navigating the Tech Career Space
A Fireside Chat with Chloe Rice, Front End Developer at Shopify and Co-Founder of Color for Code and We Build Black.



4:00pm | Networking Mixer


5:00pm | Closing Remarks & Next Steps

Register here.