On Wednesday, January 21st, and Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council will convene hundreds of media and telecom industry experts, policymakers, innovators, investors, and entrepreneurs to highlight the most far-reaching issues affecting minority entrepreneurs and underserved communities during its 6th Annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit.
BBSJ 2015 will address how experts and policymakers can improve diversity in Silicon Valley and beyond, remove education and health disparities through technology, preserve an open Internet, close the digital divide, and improve the images of people of color in all media. In particular, experts discuss how the process of achieving multicultural digital equality can help to stimulate economic opportunity, create jobs, generate wealth, and prime the pipeline for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). During the Summit, MMTC will announce plans to expand its deep commitment to creating a pipeline for next-generation leaders by strengthening and expanding the organization’s training and professional development programs for communications and social justice lawyers and entrepreneurs.
TED talks and session highlights during the two-day Summit include:
- Congressional and Legislative Luncheon: Opportunities to Fulfill the Communications Act’s Mandates for Diversity in Media and Telecommunications
- FCC Commissioners Breakfast: Latest Developments in Open Internet, Inmate Phone Justice, Spectrum Auctions, Minority Business Opportunities, and more
- Former FCC Chairs Forum: Updating the Telecom Act From a Multicultural Lens
- High Tech Policy Luncheon: How to Achieve Equal Opportunity in High Tech Employment and Entrepreneurship
- How the FCC can Create Minority Business Opportunities from Media and Telecom Mergers and Acquisitions
- Net Equality: Achieving Universal Broadband Access and Adoption and the Fight Against Digital Redlining
- From Selma to Ferguson: Moving Beyond Media Stereotypes and Racial Profiling to Transform Justice for People of Color
- From Silicon Harlem to the Valley: Innovation Labs, Co-Working Spaces and Other Technology Innovation Models for Communities of Color
- Special “Passing the Baton” Awards Reception: Celebrating the Life’s Work of David Honig
We will wrap up BBSJ 2015 with a special awards reception celebrating the extraordinary leadership of David Honig, MMTC’s President and Co-Founder who, after 28 years, is passing the baton to MMTC’s new President and CEO, Kim Keenan. In David’s honor, we are establishing the new David Honig Fellowship to operate alongside MMTC’s Cathy Hughes and Earle K. Moore Fellowships.
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Please register for the Summit here.
A full list of confirmed speakers is available here. Bookmark our conference website for regular updates on panels and speakers!
A full agenda is available here.
A complete sponsorship package is available here. Please contact us to secure your sponsorship of our Summit.
If you need a room at our host hotel, book by December 21 with the code MMTC to receive a special discounted rate of $189 per night!
We look forward to seeing you January 21st and 22nd!