Tech Inclusion 2016: Conference, Career Fair & Startup Showcase

Inclusive Innovation - Innovation Hangar, San Francisco - October 26th -27th - #TechInclusion16


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Join us for this inclusive tech event, where you’ll experience inclusive and accessible design, find diverse talent, learn new solutions to diversity and inclusion, meet underrepresented entrepreneurs and investors, speak with policy makers and educators, and network with other people who care about creating change in the tech ecosystem.

Career Fair

On October 27th, our unique career fair will connect talent with tech companies who care about diversity. Companies come meet diverse, talented engineers, data scientists, marketers, project managers and more. Candidates come meet leading tech companies, investment firms, schools and support organizations.


Startup Showcase & Mentor Office Hours

Showcasing ten outstanding early stage entrepreneurs. The startups will pitch to investors on stage and host demo booths during the evening happy hour. Application Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2016.

Innovation Hall

The Innovation Hall is an intimate space for companies to showcase inclusive technology solutions. If you consider your product to be a solution showcasing D&I initiatives/programs, accessible technology, STEM programs, and other accessible and inclusive product/service solutions, please contact us about reserving a demo table at #TechInslusion16


We are working to make our events as inclusive as possible. The location is wheelchair accessible. We will also have live captioning and ASL interpreters on site.  


Tuesday, October 25th

Speakers and Sponsors Dinner hosted by


TimeMain StageBreakout StageTheaterLab
8:00 AMRegistration & Continental Breakfast
9:00Welcome Address – Melinda Epler & Wayne Sutton, Founders of Tech Inclusion Conference   
9:15 AMKeynote Fireside Chat Evan Sharp, Abby Maldonado, Melinda Briana Epler   
9:50 AMSolo Talk: Developing an inclusive tech ecosystem in Oakland   
10:15 AMPathways To Leadership PanelKPIs For Coding Schools/Bootcamps PanelWorkshop: How To Become A VC – Parker Thompson 
11:00 AMSolo Talk: Teresa (Shea) Booher,NIH Solo Talk- Leslie Miley – Moving the Diversity Dial, SlackUSA Today Podcast 
Panel: Policy & Tech Inclusion PanelThe Value of Inclusive Engineering Teams Panel  
11:30 AMYou Had Me at Black Podcast 
12:00 PMLunch
12:30 PM  Meditation with Stacy Conlon Founder at The Zen Girl 
1:00 PMSolo Talk: Incentivizing employers to train and hire candidates from non-traditional educational backgrounds – Cassius Johnson, YearUPSolo Talk: Marco Rogers, Clover Health Mentor Office Hours
Deaf In Tech PanelSucceeding As An Early-Stage Female Founder
2:00 PMSolo Talk: Awakening to the Freedom of Inclusion – Michael Thomas, Ogletree DeakinsSolo Talk: Going Beyond Capital To Support Seed Stage Startups – Beth Scheer, HomebrewWorkshop: Conscious Leadership – Hiring & Creating Diverse Teams – Rosie Zepeda, CEO of Compelling Conversations
United States Digital Service (USDS) Lightning TalksSkills Based Hiring Panel
3:00 PMStartup Showcase Pitches Day 1Solo Talk: Agile Inclusion – Ruha Devanesan, SymantecWorkshop: Building “Conscious” Resiliency Into Your Work Environment – Indigo Ocean, Conscious Professionals of Color
Teach Access: Accessible & Inclusive Design
3:45 PMBreak
4:00 PMSolo Talk: Lucienne Gigante, Animus, Golden SeedsaSolo Talk: How To Integrate Inclusion In Product and Business Operations – Chris Genteel, Google5 Lighting Talks

Jules Ehrhardt, ustwo
Helena Price, Techies Project
Cristina Ulerio, Tech Kids Unlimited
Nancy Douyon, Google
Kartik Sawhney, Next Billion
Latinas Empowering Latinas PanelBuilding STEM Pathways Panel
4:30 PM 
5:00 PMSolo Talk: Experience Diversity: The Power of Age & Perspective   
Closing Keynote Panel: Diversity & Inclusion Trends   
6:00 PMDay 1 Happy Hour Sponsored by credit karma

Thursday, OCTOBER 27TH Agenda
TimeMain StageBreakout StageTheaterLabLevel 2
8:00 AMRegistration & Continental Breakfast
9:00Welcome Address – Melinda Epler & Wayne Sutton, Founders of Tech Inclusion Conference    
9:05 AMSolo Talk: Jim Deters, Galvanize    
9:20 AMKeynote Fireside Chat Justin Rosenstein, Asana, Sonja Gittens, Asana, and Wayne Sutton   Career Fair Registration opens
10:00 AMSolo Talk: Jason Halbert, PsyD, Snap. IncSolo Talk: Poornima Vijayashanker, Femgineer Resume Workshop – EnteloCareer Coaching Starts
Media Leading The Story of Inclusion PanelRaising Capital As An Early Stage Entrepreneur Panel 
11:00 AMSolo Talk: Gil Gonzales, CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic DevelopmentSolo Talk: Dr. Jessica Kirkpatrick,  Career Fair Starts + Career Coaching
Building Inclusive Tech Hubs PanelPrograms Teaching Everyone To Code  
11:30 AM  Innov8Social Podcast Live Podcast Recording 
12:00 PMLunchKarat Engineer Interview Workshop 
12:30 PM Meditation with Stacy Conlon Founder at The Zen Girl  
1:00 PMFireside chat with David Drummond

Solo Talk: Turning Failures into Innovations in Diversity & Inclusion – Cynthia Owyoung


Workshop: How to Measure Diversity & Inclusion – Steven Huang, Culture AmpResume Workshop – Entelo  
Bumps on the Road to Building a Diverse & Inclusive Company Panel
1:40 PMSolo Talk: Phil Dillard, Black Ant   
2:00 PMSolo Talk: How Companies Can Prepare for the Next Racially Charged Slaying Before It Happens – Indigo Ocean, Conscious Professionals of ColorSolo Talk: Women in Venture Capital – Gené Teare, CrunchBaseWorkshop: Turning Conference Insights into Actionable Results – Coach Ahalya  
Creating An Inclusive Culture PanelWhat Accelerators Are Learning Funding Diverse Founders  
3:00 PMStartup Showcase Pitches Day 2Solo Talk: Ana Arriola, SamsungWorksnhop: Design for Worldview – Amy Lazarus Career Fair Ends
The Impact of Diverse Engineering Teams on Product Innovation  
3:45 PMBreak
4:00 PMSolo Talk: Vatsal Mehta Director, FacebookSolo Talk: What We Can Do to Prevent the Next Police Slaying – Karen Fleshman, Racy Conversations5 Lighting Talks

Zeeshan Khan, EnabledTech
Michelle Glauser, Techtonica
Lus Mendel, Karat
Maria Higuerey O’Hollearn, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
Rajkumari Neogy, iRestart
Reddit CEO & Executive PanelImproving Funding Pathways For All Entrepreneurs
4:30 PM
5:00 PMWomen Tech Leaders Panel Keynote Panel    
Startup Showcase Winners & Closing
6:00 PMDay 2 Happy Hour Sponsored by Facebook

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Startup Showcase & Mentor Office Hours

Showcasing ten outstanding early stage entrepreneurs. The startups will pitch to investors on stage and host demo booths during the evening happy hour.

Startup Showcase Sponsors

10 Startup Showcase Finalists


Innovation Hangar

Palace of the Fine Arts 3601 Lyon Street San Francisco, CA 94123 View Map

We are working to make our events as inclusive as possible. We will have ASL interpreters on site. If you have additional accessibility requests, please contact

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