TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA TRACK

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Tech Trek

When: Thursday, Oct 2nd 2:00-6:00PM
Format:  Trek
Location: Various

Please note this is an advance sign-up event with limited capacity.

Our tech trek will visit a mix of startups, emerging companies and large companies to get a taste of what the technology industry in San Francisco offers LGBT MBAs. 

Interactive Session: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

When: Friday, Oct 3rd 9:00-10:15AM
Format:  Interactive/Roundtable
Location: Seacliff C

Interactive roundtable sessions for anyone interested in starting a business, joining a start-up or heading their company's innovation efforts. Discussion topics will cover a wide spectrum of entrepreneurial pursuits from ideation and piloting, to raising capital and hiring as well as career and opportunities at start-ups. 

Learning Session: Disruptive Technology - Creative Destruction in Today's World

When: Friday, Oct 3rd 10:30-11:45AM
Format:  Panel
Location: Seacliff A & B

In cases across the spectrum, from the emergence of products like the iPhone to services like Uber, today’s familiar industries have been confronted with possibilities of change. This session will engage a number of disruptive technologies at various stages of development to understand what changes are taking place and how those changes will impact our world. Ultimately, this session will shed light on how technology is disrupting the fields we know today and how we can prepare ourselves to be active, engaged and knowledgeable participants.

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Learning Session: Big Data in the 21st Century

When: Friday, Oct 3rd 12:00-1:15PM
Format:  Panel
Location: Regency Room

Data has been described as the “great new natural resource for the 21st century... [and] that competitive advantage will go to those who use data to discover new, meaningful, and impactful ‘knowledge.’” This panel brings together thought- and practice-leaders: American Express, EMC2, IBM and Walmart eCommerce to discuss big data on the macro- and individual levels. On the macro-level, our discussion will include insights into the evolution of big data in the 21st century, issues of privacy and security, and leveraging data in non-traditional departments. On the individual level, we will discuss the intersections of big data, LGBT-, and other identities, outside of traditionally LGBT-friendly departments.

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Entrepreneurship Mentorship

When: Friday, Oct 3rd 3:00-5:30PM
Format:  Panel
Location: Regency Room

Students with “pitch ready” new venture ideas will be pairedwith mentors who will help them construct a tangible roadmap of next-steps and tackle pressing issues. 

Participants will not only walk away with a clearer vision for their venture, but also solid business contacts for the future. Ideally, the mentor-mentee relationship will continue beyond the duration of the conference.

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Entrepreneurship Networking Reception

When: Friday, Oct 3rd 6:00-7:00PM
Format:  Reception
Location: Seacliff A

Following a day of meetings, ideation, and startup development this is your opportunity to get together with fellow peer entrepreneurs and LGBT startup professionals in a more relaxed setting.

 

Startup Pitch Competition

Register for the Competition Here

Application Deadline: September 22, 2014
Award: $5,000
Pitch Finals (Open to Public): Saturday, Oct 4 9:00-12:00pm in the Marina Room

Reaching Out MBA is excited to work with our partners at StartOut to bring the LGBT Startup Pitch Competition to the capital of entrepenreuship - San Francisco.  Now in its fourth year, the contest offers $5,000 scholarship to the team with the most promising new venture idea, as judged by a panel of leading investors and entrepreneurs. To learn about success stories from previous years’ events, please click here.

Key Information

Prize: $5,000
Application Deadline: September 22, 2014
Finalist Notification: September 26, 2014
Pitch Date: October 4, 2014
Elibability: At least one member of the pitch must be attending the LGBT MBA Conference.

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