“Black Tech Week” coming to Cincinnati for five-day run in mid-July

When Lightship Foundation announced its acquisition of “Black Tech Week” in March, the Cincinnati-based economic development organization also announced that it would be moving the minority tech ecosystem-building festival to the Queen City.

The completely re-branded, enhanced event will run for five days starting July 18 with more than 60 sessions already announced. Featured speakers include Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code; Arlan Hamilton, Founder of Hire Runner and Backstage Capital; Felecia Hatcher, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Black Ambition; and Detavio Samuels, CEO of Revolt.

This year’s conference calendar is timed to coincide with the “Cincinnati Music Festival,” one of the oldest and largest in the country. Scheduled for July 21-23, the event attracts more than 70,000 visitors, and Cincy Inno reports that Lightship Foundation hopes to attract between 1,000 and 2,000 attendees for the “Black Tech Week.”

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