Plug In South L.A.’s Urban Tech Connect Gears Up For 2019


By Linette Coste (Plug In South LA)

A different type of conference for those who think differently.

LOS ANGELES (January 15, 2019) – On May 16, Plug in South L.A. will host Urban Tech
Connect 2019, the premier conference for the next generation of tech entrepreneurs
to connect, collaborate, create and receive counsel.

Held at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Theatre, the day-long conference is the
largest gathering of African-American and Latino founders in Southern California.
Sessions will focus on empowering and connecting local tech entrepreneurs and
founders to help fuel economic development and revitalization in South Los Angeles
around sectors that are shaping the future of the area.

“Urban Tech Connect is all about bringing tech leaders together to collaborate,
create, and empower,” said Derek Smith. “Success comes from diversity of thought,
and there is a growing network ready to make something happen in Los Angeles’s
innovation economy.”

Expected attendees range from students to start up founders. In addition to gaining
valuable insights into strategy and growth, attendees will participate in
comprehensive sessions that help address the unique challenges people of color face
as entrepreneurs. Successful venture capitalists, professional resources and other
founders and executives will also attend.

Last year’s speakers include such local and national leaders such as Eric Garcetti, the
mayor of Los Angeles, Matt Barnes, NBA champion and investor and Amy DuBoi
Barnett, Chief Content Officer for TheGrio and former Editor-in-Chief of Ebony.
“We have to make sure the [tech] industry reflects us,” said Garcetti at the 2018
Urban Tech Connect Conference. “L.A. is a place that we’ve tried to make sure that
everybody feels like they belong.”

Urban Tech Connect is a partner with Verizon Wireless, CISCO brothers, Amazon Web
Services – We Power Tech, TechStars and Los Angeles Urban League.
About Plug In South Los Angeles

Plug In brings together entrepreneurs, founders, VCs, innovators and emerging talent
for conversations and networking focused on creating a community and hub for
innovation in South LA. Come join our kick off Tech Summit and Digital Media program
in our movement to identify and accelerate the beautiful in tech and digital media.
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