Tech In SF: Screening Of CNN’s Black In America “The Changing Face of Silicon Valley” & Women 2.0 Startup Weekend


It’s been an exciting month this October with speaking at the O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo and networking in New York City.

I’m back in San Francisco for the rest of the year (fingers crossed) and want to let you know about upcoming events here that you should check out!

You can always find out what I’m up to by checking on Plancast.

Here’s what ‘s coming up on the calendar for November around technology, geek gatherings and interesting product reviews I’ll be doing:

Black Founders To Host Screening of CNN documentary – Black In America: NewMe Accelerator for Black Tech Startups

The Changing Face of Silicon Valley: CNN’s Black in America Screening Party
Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Register Here

Watch the panel discussion live

Watch live video from blackfounders on
CNN followed the developments of a the NewMe accelerator, a newly founded organization in Silicon Valley focused on giving a leg up to Black owned tech startups.  They’re releasing the documentary November 13th but there are screenings happening all over the United States in NYC, Atlanta, Washington, North Carolina, Chicago and more!   Soledad O’Brian flew out to interview the startups as well as key influences in the startup space.

While CNN has chosen to race bait the internet with comments from Michael Arrington about the lack of Black tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley (blog post coming), this event will focus on the experiences of these black tech entrepreneurs in the accelerator, many of whom I know or have had the opportunity to meet this year.

Join the Black Founders for the screening next week.  There will be a panel discussion (plus a livestream *link coming soon) before the screening.  I’ll be attending this event and setting up the livestream through to cover the panel.

Companies mentioned:

  • NewMeAccelerator – Organization focused on providing guidance, exposure and advisor access to minority led startups.
  • BlackFounders – Organization founded by Black technology entrepreneurs for Black technology entrepreneurs to foster communication, collaboration, opportunities and support within the technology startup space.

Women 2.0 Startup Weekend

Women 2.0 Startup Weekend – Both Men & Women Are Invited!
November 18-20, 2011
Register Here

Discount code: Use  code “BYAG” and save $25 off your ticket price until November 1st

Women 2.0 is hosting a Startup Weekend November 18th – 20th here in San Francisco.   This event is open to both men and women as well as programmers, designers, product people, biz dev and everyone who feels they have an amazing idea or skill to contribute in helping launch something amazing in just 54 hours!  Startup Weekend has been on fire this year with an infusion of new funding from the Kauffman foundation and increased interest in technology startups in mainstream media.

I’ve been asked to be a mentor during this event and will be available to teams who have questions about business technology and setting up their online presence.  I attended my first Startup Weekend in May and had an amazing time working on Kahnoodle, a mobile app to help couples improve and gamify their interpersonal relationships.

Company mentioned:

  • Women 2.0 – Organization that is well connected here in San Francisco that helps female entreprenurs launch successful, technology focused companies.  They are also started Founder Labs, an intensive pre-accelerator program to help founders vett and solidify their startup ideas.
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About Adria Richards

Adria Richards is a developer and entrepreneur focused on digital equality. She has worked in the tech industry since 1998 solving big problems for companies of all sizes. Embracing her inner nerd, Adria moved moved to San Francisco in 2010 to pursue her passion for technology. Previously she has worked in technical and training roles for enterprise, nonprofits and startups; from Apple to Zendesk. Adria is a popular speaker and gives talks about culture, communication and diversity. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, yoga and bacon; not necessarily at that order. Her Twitter account is followed by President @BarackObama.