Local Conference, National Reach

When I first moved to New Orleans two years ago, I had a hard time finding a professional crowd that looked and felt like me. When I was approached to be apart of NOLAVATE, a platform that connects black tech professionals, I knew that we were on to something special.

 
 

The Challenge

Conceptualize and launch a community event for local people of color in New Orleans.

Solution

A two-day tech conference featuring a VR lab, LinkedIn photobooth, co-working space and speakers from global companies like DXC Technology, Idea Village, Vimeo, GE and many more.

 

From 0 to Launch in Four Months

When I introduced the idea of hosting an event during Essence Festival, I imagined a small half-day event with a keynote speaker. However, when creative minds get together we always tend to push our limits. Over the course of two months, our small event evolved into a two-day tech conference with speakers flying in from all parts of the country.

As the Team Lead/Project Manager I wore many hats. I designed and developed the website, assisted with fundraising, speaker and community outreach, and developed the overall marketing strategy.

What's Next?

Well, I guess we'll find out soon. The NOLAVATE Conference will be July 5th and 6th in New Orleans.