3 days of inspiring and informative conversations, workshops, and signature experiences
Connecting the Dots: The Interdependence of Culture, Code, and Humanity.
9:30 am – 9:55 am
This session will share examples of the “Culture, Code, Humanity” methodology and how each component influences the others. By clearly defining culture as shared worldviews, code as the spread of values through systems, technology and people, and humanity as the evaluator, we’ll discuss alignment, tension, and opportunities to better understand ourselves and each other.
Panelist: Imari Oliver + Wendee Lee Curtis
Unlocking Epic Adventures! Reaching Generation Alpha
10:00 am – 10:30 am
In this session, your imagination will be ignited by the creators of healthy hip-hop, an educational and music platform, a puzzle brand that affirms inclusivity through art, and an award-winning and bestselling author of children’s books. Learn how products and stories are tools to spark wonder in Generation Alpha, teaching skills that will last a lifetime.
Panelist: Roy Scott, Kris Hale, Cerece Rennie Murphy
Tokenizing the Customer Experience: Rewriting the Rules
10:40 am – 11:10 am
Blockchain and utility-based NFTs are creating an exciting new model of tokenized branded experiences, loyalty programs, benefits, and access, rapidly redefining the customer and brand relationship.
Panelist: Jonathan Hessing, Christine Lewis, Shira Lazar
Purpose + Passion: Designing with Empathy
11:20am – 11:50 am
Learn how human-centered design voices overlooked perspectives, builds empathy, and creates authentic solutions and beloved products and experiences. Discover how this fail-fast and learn-faster approach accelerates innovation and impact.
Panelist: Fonz Morris, E. Scott Morris
Big Data, Bio-citizenship & Community Wellbeing
12:50 pm – 1:25 pm
An insightful conversation on how data and (AI) are removing human elements from critical quality-of-life decisions and quantifying the value of human life. Is this the way of the future, and are we losing our humanity to data points and algorithms? What is our role in ensuring a responsible Bio-citizenship for society?
Panelists: Dr. Imanni Sheppard, Marquis Allen, Dr. Tommy Thomas, Moderator Gail Brooks
The Mavericks – Origin Stories of Entrepreneurs
1:35 pm – 2:10 pm
They weren’t afraid to question conventional wisdom. These panelists took an “aha” moment and transformed it into a business. This panel is a real-talk conversation with creators and builders. It provides insights into their relentless drive, hard-learned lessons, and refusal to take “no” for an answer while exploring the creative genesis and inspiration that sparked their ventures.
Panelists: Lisa Cunningham, Charles T. Folsom Jr,. Katie Longmyer, Moderator: Melvin M. Coleman
What Makes an Influencer Influential — Whether Digital or Human?
2:20 pm – 2:55 pm
What’s the secret sauce to transforming someone or something into a trusted influencer or “valued friend”? This panel explores the rise of influencers (the challenges and opportunities) and digital AI confidantes by decoding the creator/fan/friend relationship and its potential or risk for people and brands.
Panelists: Tameka Bazille, Kate Carter, Marcus Noel
Inside the Minds of Visionary Creators
3:05 pm – 3:40 pm
Unlock the secrets storytellers and designers use to build captivating worlds that illuminate imagination. This hands-on workshop and conversation pick the brains of digital designers at the bleeding edge of technology and immersive storytelling.
Panelists: Enrico Moses, Akintayo A. Adewole, Hanna Lisa Stefansson
The Era of Community: Jazz as a Metaphor for Urban Innovation [Musical Performance]
3:50 pm – 4:25 pm
An exciting live jazz musical performance from next-generation jazz musicians who will immerse you in creating a soundscape that represents the future of urban innovation and the era of community. Observe as a conversation becomes musical ideas shared in real-time, building off each other and creating a unique sound reflecting jazz’s spirit of collaboration, innovation, and collective contribution.
Performers: Tiffany Goode – Trumpet, Peter Roberts – Keyboard , Andre Manga – Bass Guitar, Isaiah Floyd – Drums, Jacob Gray – Guitar
Immerse yourself in inspiring dialogues and interactive sessions with world-renowned thinkers, doers, and change makers.
Discuss the most critical and exciting issues of the moment and gain powerful insights and practical tools designed to transform ideas into action.
Hands-on workshops and interactive sessions designed to inspire attendees to action.
These workshops demonstrate the possibilities when culture IP benefits the creators, technology empowers rather than oppresses, and shared cultural values become the new currency.
10-minute breaks between each session for reflection, self-care, and connecting with other attendees.
The Signature Series allows attendees to dive deeper and experience more. Choose from a menu of exclusive upgrades and add-ons to build a personalized conference package.
Journey into the intersection of culture, code, and humanity through one-of-a-kind culinary and dining experiences and up-close-and-personal conversations with iconic individuals.