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Thursday, October 27 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Broadband Infrastructure: Funding Black Tech Ecosystems

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Most conversations about funding black tech futures fall within two areas. The first area is raising capital for a tech startup. The participants in this conversation are often Venture Capitalist organizations and entrepreneurship support organizations. The second area of conversation is supporting the development of black technologists. Each of these funding areas is important to building a liberatory black tech future. However, they only focus on two pieces of the larger ecosystem and not the entire black tech ecosystem which includes access to the internet and access to computer science courses in middle school. Therefore, this interactive conversation will explore how philanthropy and federal funding/opportunities can strategically separately and collaboratively fund the building of thriving black tech ecosystems in cities which include tech pipeline, digital infrastructure (internet access), venture, digital equity, etc.

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Dr. Fallon Wilson

Co-Founder, #BlackTechFutures Research Institute
Through her work with non-profits, academia, and government partnerships, Dr. Fallon S. Wilson strives to make visible the work of historic and modern-day Black crises solvers. She invests her time into strengthening the tech ecosystem nationwide, especially as it relates both to... Read More →

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Katarina Smiley

Digital Equity Advisor, NTIA
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Valarry Bullard

Broadband Director, New Jersey State Office of Broadband Connectivity
As the State of New Jersey’s first Broadband Director, Bullard will drive the state’s broadband strategy of equal access for all New Jerseyans and direct substantial federal and state funding that will soon become available by working with industry, communities, and agencies to... Read More →
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Jamye Wooten

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Alejandro Roark

Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC

Thursday October 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Coronado Ballroom L & K