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Everything you need to know about ReThink Austin 2023


Hola and Hello, Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTMHQ) and Harlem Labs is excited to present ReThink Austin 2023 this Saturday, November 4th, at the Headliners Club downtown! We've been working hard to ensure this is one of the best events you'll attend while AfroTech is in town. Curious what we have planned? Keep scrolling; this edition of the AUTMHQ newsletter is dedicated solely to giving you a sneak peak of what's in store. If you haven't already, go ahead and reserve your spot at ReThink Austin. And if you really want to get involved, you can sign up to volunteer. We look forward to seeing you at ReThink Austin, AUTMHQ's biggest event of the year! So tell a friend, forward this newsletter to a colleague, and get ready to "rethink" the trajectory of the City of Austin as AUTMHQ and Harlem Labs guides you through an exploration of the impact emerging technology has had and will have on our community, DEI initiatives, the tech industry, and entrepreneurship. Sincerely,



9:30-10:30 a.m. | ReThinking Education 📚 We'll be redefining education and discussing how to leverage technology like artificial intelligence to improve student outcomes. This conversation will be facilitated by Mike Yates, Senior Product Designer at Teach for America Reinvention Lab and Austin Urban Technology Movement Board Member.

10:45-11:45 a.m. | ReThinking Technology 🤖 Join us for an interactive workshop as Austin Urban Technology Movement shares how we are leveraging AI within our non-profit, tech startup. This conversation will be facilitated by Maria Brown-Spence, Founder of Hearts 2 Heal and Austin Urban Technology Movement Board Member. Alex Seguin, Director of Technology at Austin Urban Technology Movement will be joining her. 1:00-2:00 p.m. | ReThinking Policy ⚖️ The Hip Hop Caucus will be launching a new campaign, sharing their plan for how to better support businesses. This conversation will be facilitated by Stephone Coward, Director of Economic Justice at Hip Hop Caucus. She will be speaking with Carl Romer, Research Manager at National Bankers Association; Chavelle Sangokoya, Vice President, Programs & Initiatives at African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs; and Keyona Meeks, General Partner, Tech and Climate Investor at BlackTech Capital. 2:15-3:15 p.m. | ReThinking Energy⚡ We'll be rethinking energy at the intersection of water, food and energy. This conversation will be facilitated by Cody Horton, Founder of Cody L Horton Group. Joining him on stage as guest speakers will be Tasha McCarter, Vice President of Project Engineering at RWE and Austin Urban Technology Movement Board Member; Briana Parker, Senior Director at Elevate Justice 40 Accelerator; Timehin Sonubi, Project Manager at DNV; and Seyi Fabode, Founder of Varuna Tech Inc. 3:30-4:30 p.m. | ReThinking Entrepreneurship 💰 What does social impact inside the entrepreneurial space look like? We'll explore this question and others with Waziri Garuba, CEO at Harlem Labs and ReThink Austin Co-Organizer. He will be joined by featured speakers and fellow entrepreneurs Dr. Prisciall Kucer, Founder & CEO of Priscilla Kucer Consulting Solutions; and Durell Coleman, Founder & CEO of DC Design. 4:45-5:45 p.m. | ReThinking Community Impact 👤👤 How can employers support generational wealth in Black and Hispanic communities? This conversation will be facilitated by AUTMHQ's very own Michael Ward Jr., President and CEO at Austin Urban Technology Movement. He'll be joined by featured speakers Monica Munoz Andry, President and CEO at the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Aaron Demerson, Commissioner at Texas Workforce Commission; and Scott Rust, Executive Vice President and Global Operations at NI.


9:30-5:45 p.m. | Interactive Tech Showcase and Career Development Sessions You'll have an opportunity to engage with technology in-person and connect with techies for career development support! See how one company created an app to turn cardio into a giant game of team turf war or have your unique electromagnetic energy captured via photography. These are just two examples of the technology that will be on display at ReThink Austin's technology showcase!


Throughout the day, our ReThink Austin partners will have tables set up, sharing information about their organization and how they are leveraging emerging technology to make an impact on the community, DEI initiatives, the tech ecosystem, and entrepreneurship.


Special thanks to Torc, Hip Hop Caucus, Mediatech Ventures and Austin Film Society for their generous support of ReThink Austin. Without them, your attendance at ReThink Austin would not have been free or accessible to view live online. We thank them for their investment in rethinking the trajectory of the City of Austin. 🙏🏾


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