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Essence Week

July 1-3, Ace Hotel New Orleans

Connect with Black tech leaders to take your tech to the next level.

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Black Tech NOLA Conference presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. will teach leaders from around the globe for two days of main stage talks, workshops, demos and ecosystem building.

The gathering is an opportunity to connect people of color to companies that value diversity and are committed to investing in our local growing tech ecosystem.


Intro to Tech

Aspiring techies can get a taste of tech life with Intro To Code, App Development, Career Coaching or Cloud Computing workshops offered by leaders from Fortune 500 tech companies. 

Tech Life

Tech professionals interested in taking their tech to the next level with resume assistance  navigating the tech world, mastering an interview and tips to create a dynamic portfolio. 


Talks and sessions to help founders master their pitch, get access to capital, scale up, implement e-commerce strategies and grow a brand. Learn from tech leaders and founders who know their way around tech.

Sessions + Panels Announced! See Full Schedule

Black Tech NOLA will be held at the beautiful Ace Hotel in downtown New Orleans.  Check out our full schedule here.


NOLAVATE Black Pitch Competition sponsored by AWS + We Power Tech
We are looking for the next Big Tech Idea at Black Tech NOLA. Do you have a concept, product or service that uses technology to make the community better? Tell us about it!
You could win $1,000!
  • New Orleans based business owned more than 50% by an African-American
  • Annual revenue less than $100,000
  • Registered Louisiana business for less than three years
  • Early stage tech concept of a product or service
  • Will solve a community problem or improve the quality of life for citizens in the region using tech
Deadline June 21st. 


Join us at Black Tech NOLA during Essence Festival Week!


150 $
General Admission
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  • 2-day conference entry
  • Lunch
  • After-hours networking
  • And more!
100 $
Day Pass
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  • 1-day conference entry
  • Lunch
  • After-hours networking
  • And more!
75 $
Student Admission
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  • 2-day conference entry
  • Lunch
  • And more!


Get to know the NOLA Tech 30


The NOLAVATE Black, the New Orleans Black Tech Collective, is committed to raising awareness around diversity, equity, access and inclusion in the technology industry. We offer a safe place for tech professionals and entrepreneurs of color to build collective capacity as vital contributors toward economic growth and sustainability in the Greater New Orleans Region.

Join us at the 2nd Annual Black Tech NOLA Conference, July 1-3 2019 at the Ace Hotel.