CFP closed at  August 16, 2019 18:08 UTC

BITCON2019 is coming!

National nonprofit organization, Blacks in Technology (BIT) is gearing up to host the 2nd edition of their annual conference, BITCON. Looking to make an even bigger impact than before, during October 9-12, BIT will host 4 days of innovative and interactive sessions from demos, lightning talks, labs, workshops, panels, and more. Honing in on the latest technological trends while highlighting the cosmopolitan and tech landscape of the Twin Cities , this is one conference you don’t want to miss. Events include over 50 sessions, Tech Fest, Pitch Competition, Sports Tech Hackathon, Media Lab, and more! With expectations of over 1500 attendees this is one event you don’t want to miss.

What we are looking for

Bring your “A” game. BITCon2019 is going to be extra lit, so we are looking for submissions that are engaging, exciting, original, unique, interesting, and innovative. The sessions will range from demos, lightning talks, labs, workshops, panels, and more.


Your abstract should be written in a manner that draws people in. Make them as dope as possible!!! You want as many people as possible to attend your session so make sure your abstract reflects the passion and energy that you will bring to the session.

CFP Description

Business, Tech & Entrepreneurship

Blacks in Tech are seeking to provide sessions that focus on helping startups and small businesses grow. Discussions can include the following: Franchising, Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Corporate & Government Supplier Diversity, Scaling Small Business, Investment Types, Bids, Insurance & Bonding, Business Types, Database Management, Platform Demos, ERP, Lean Manufacturing, Prototyping, Leveraging the Power of the Chamber, Storytelling, Business & AI, Chat boxes, Accelerators, Pitch Development

Marketing & Media

BIT will is seeking to develop a robust marketing and media technology track. We are considering disucssions, workshops, and demos on the following topics: Social Media Analytics, CRM, Product Management, QA, AI, Web Design, Sales, PR & Communication, Ad Buying, Campaign Development & Management, Targeting Demographics, Market Research, B2B, B2C, B2G, Sound & Audio Engineering, SEO, Adwords, Community Management

Design & Dev

BIT is seeking presentations on the following topics: Github/Git fundamentals and practices, Fundamental & Advanced Coding Workshops (HTML, CSS, Java, JavaScript, Python, Rails, Go, etc.) Adobe Suite Workshops, UI & UX, 3D, VR, AR, MR, Game Design, Gaming, QA testing (test automation tips)

IoT, Hardware, Robotics

Demos, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Sensor Technology, Beacon Technology, Wearables


BIT prides itself of being a very tech savvy community. We are seeking engineering discussion on the following topics: Cloud,Containers/Container Mgmt, Devops, Big Data, Systems Engineering, Linux, Open Source. Project Management, Product Management,


This year we would really love to see a lot of submissions around the following: Deep Learning, NLP, Machine Learning, RPA, Python Panda

Cybersecurity & Defense

Cryptography, Certifications, Careers, Unmanned Systems, Pen Testing, DevOpsSec, Forensics, Compliance, Application security, Network security

Industry Insight

Education, Health, Supply Chain, Entertainment, Non-Profit, Consumer, Retail, Finance & Banking, AgTech, Defense Tech, Environment, Automotive, Smart Cities, Sports Tech, Fashion


Part of BITs core mission is to increase the representation of black professionals in tech. We are seeking discussions that provide insight on gaining employment in a technical field. Possible discussion include: Interviewing skills, resume building, Whiteboarding, Climbing the ladder, Behavioral, Creating More Diverse & Inclusive Workplaces, Developing the Tech Pipeline

Strictly for Students

This year BIT wants to lead an effort to provide more content that is strictly for the student population. We are looking for sessions that speak directly to students such as “How to land the perfect tech internship”, “Study techniques for the budding computer science student”, “Running a startup as a student” and more.