Articles tagged: technology

Friday at 5:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Dena Cherry-Brown

The Negro Justice League will be hosting a panel of young progressions working in various STEM fields such as epidemiology, pharmacy, and engineering. The purpose of the panel is to raise awareness about African Americans in STEM and provide information about different career fields.

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Saturday at 6:00 PM

Salon A Room 2

Hosted by Erica Nwankwo

Exploring Wakandacon can be exhausting! Take a break! Enjoy drinks & refreshments and explore how Autodesk is bringing Wakanda to life with its groundbreaking software for makers of all ages, including: Tinkercad & Fusion 360 for 3d printing, Sketchbook for digital art, Maya for animation, and more. Autodesk employees and partners will also lead a group discussion on its Education initiatives & partnerships and how you can #MakeAnything with Autodesk software and learning resources.

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Sunday at 11:00 AM

Salon C Room 2

Hosted by A. McNeal

How to Build Black Tech Across the Planet, everyday black people are learning, leveraging and becoming innovators in technology. In this panel we will unlock the secret to unleashing the economic potential of our communities by building wealth in Black Tech.

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Saturday at 3:00 PM

Salon B

Hosted by Lesley Etherly

Come try out Virtual Reality at Wakandacon! Explore a number of virtual games and worlds with state-of-the-art VR headsets. More information coming soon!

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Sunday at 10:00 AM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Dr. Letitia Wright

This panel explores what crowdfunding is and how to use the 6 different types of crowdfunding to start and grow businesses. Learn how crowdfunding can be used to financially empower the entire community when used with a business-minded perspective.

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All Weekend

Wakandacon partners with Wacoinda, the fastest growing economic group on Facebook devoted to the eradication of ecomonomic oppression everywhere! We will be highlighting Wacoinda’s "Garvey" as the Official Cryptocurrency of Wakandacon, and all attendees to Wakandacon will be able to learn about and earn the cryptocurrency for free. Click on "Learn More" below to discover more about crypto, learn how to get your own wallet, and prepare to earn and share Garveys at Wakandacon!

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Friday at 6:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Dr. Jessica Esquivel

Dr. Jessica Esquivel is a recent Ph.D graduate in Physics and is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Fermilab. Dr. Esquivel is one of fewer than ~150 black women with a Ph.D in Physics in the United States. She is on the Muon g-2 experiment studying the electron’s heavier brother, the muon. Fermilab explores the universe at the smallest and largest scales in order to study the fundamental particles and forces that govern the universe. This presentation will discuss groundbreaking work being done at Fermilab and Jessica’s path to becoming a physicist.

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All weekend

Chicago Mobile Makers is a nonprofit organization that offers youth workshops encompassing design, architecture, digital fabrication, basic construction and place-making in Chicago communities. Come stop by for an exploration in making, creating and crafting that addresses community, equity and justice.

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Friday at 7:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Courtney & Dara

2 dope techies bring their live show to Chicago with plenty #blackgirlmagic spotlightting #millennials of color in media tech & entrepreneurship

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Friday at 5:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Aja McClanahan

Aja McClanahan, Quilen Blackwell, Toni Husbands and 2-3 other panelists (TBD) of the Chicago EcoHouse talk about technological advances in the inner-city (Chicago’s south side community of Englewood) that focus on entrepreneurship through STEM initiatives and financial literacy.

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Friday at 7:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Professor Anthony Jackson

Wakandacon youth participants ages 9-14 will enjoy Professor Jackson’s fun workshop, designed to demystify electricity   highlight its properties, showing how it fits into the world of technology. Using Tesla coil capacitor basics and the Van de Graaff generator, Professor Jackson will increase understanding of electricity, the force that stands at the center of modern technology. Professor Jackson currently serves as a technology consultant and is a lifelong technology innovator and enthusiast and has earned degrees in both Physics and Computer Science from University of Illinois and Governor State University. He is currently collaborating with the Cousins Empowered Optimist Club of Chicago to provide youth coding skill development.

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Saturday at 11:00 AM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Kyla Williams

The Shuri Project by the Henry Williams Love Foundation is a six-week summer technology mentoring program for girls ages 8-12 with the goals of keeping them safe while building self-esteem and increasing their tech aptitude. We will bring our instructors and some of the girls in our program to co-present a workshop and do a live demo of the websites they have built.

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Saturday at 3:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Keisha Howard

Are you a Super Geek and having a hard time finding your passion in the REAL WORLD? Well you are in luck! We have assembled a group of panelists that have turned their geek passions into their profession and we want to help you do the same. We want to answer questions like - "How do I promote my skills?," "Where are the best places to network besides Comic and Video Game meetups?" and "What are some of the overlapping skills that as a geek - gives me a competitive advantage?"

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Saturday at 5:00 PM

Salon A Room 4

Play cards with your fellow Wakandans of all ages. Hearts, spades, Uno, or whatever you like! We've got the cards and tables - you bring a partner or find one here. Note: no gambling allowed. This is just for fun!

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All weekend

Salon B

Hosted by I Play Games!

We're excited to partner with I Play Games! to bring head-to-head video gaming to Wakandacon! I Play Games! was founded in 2009 by experienced video game promoter and tournament organizer Kevin Fair. Click here for weekend gaming schedule.

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Saturday at 1:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Lamar Wilson & Lafe Taylor

Come hear from blockchain fin-tech startup Hijro co-founders Lamar Wilson and Lafe Taylor, as they share their passion and energy around financial collaboration and cryptocurrencies. Using their experience at Hijro, their goal is to educate, inspire and cultivate discussions on the endless possibilities this technology can provide.

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Sunday at 12:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Brittany Miriki

We all wish we could work in Wakanda, where women and men are treated as equals and melanin flows everywhere you go. Unfortunately, that’s often not our reality. In this event, Sistas in STEM will host an open discussion on gender equality in the STEM workforce. We’ll expose the issues we face working in the industry, and explore ways to change the culture. Together we can embrace the equality we desperately need and empower those seeking a little support. What indifferences have you faced on the rise through your career? How can you help change this culture?

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