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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 tech 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.



Monday, July 1st
NOLA TECH 30 Kick-Off (Night)
Exclusive VIP Honoree Mixer recognizing 30 Black professionals changing the game in tech in the Greater New Orleans Area. Early bird registrations will get a special all access pass to the premier event celebrating top leaders in tech. Limited tickets available. Nominate your favorite Black Techie HERE.
Tuesday, July 2nd 
Investing in Equity
Funders and investors will have an open and honest conversation about what it will take to close the technology gap.  Main stage will include talks and a panel on race, diversity, inclusion and equity and their complexities in the global ecosystem.
Equity Pact Working Session
Local tech companies, advocacy organizations, and D&I leaders will gather to explore solutions to bridge the technology gap in the city.
Building the Tech Pipeline
As the fastest growing tech hub in the country, we must ensure that we have a strong talent pipeline to fill the incoming jobs, while also investing in startups as job creators. Speakers will examine the importance of education in tech for adults and children.
NOLAVATE Black Pitch Competition
Early stage local tech startups will compete for a chance to win seed funds for their big idea.  Stay tuned for more information.
Wednesday, July 3rd
Our Voice, Our Platform
Segment will spotlight founders making waves in media. Participants will hear from content creators and tech creatives of color who use innovative platforms to disrupt media.
Power of Tech
Panelists will discuss the impact technology makes on activism and grassroots efforts.  Advocates from across the country will share strategies for engagement, advocacy and empowering disenfranchised communities.



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.



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!



Thanks to sponsors JPMorgan Chase & Co., Microsoft, Lyft, Abstract, NOMTN, New Orleans Black Chamber of Commerce, New Orleans Business Alliance, Downtown Development District, and Louisiana Economic Development. Special thanks to partners GNO, Inc., Idea Village, Good Work Network, The Bean Path, Tech Talent South, Propeller and City of New Orleans.

Black Tech NOLA is proud to have Lyft as an official rideshare partner.


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.