2023 Speakers

Presenting Curation Partner

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Keynote Speakers

Devon Townsend

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Cameo

Rodney Williams

Co-Founder, SoLo Funds

Sherrell Dorsey

CEO, Plexus

Songe LaRon

CEO & Co-Founder, Squire

Shegun Otulana

Founder & CEO, Harmony Venture Labs

Candice Matthews Brackeen

CEO, Lightship Foundation

Additional Panelists

Afua Bruce

Founder & Principal, ANB Advisory Group LLC

Aleeya Cain

Associate Director of Operations, Holistic

Allison Scott, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Kapor Foundation

Andrew Goldener

Co-Founder & CEO, GrowthX

Anthony Day

Lead Technical Architect, Analytics SalesForce

Burton Rast

Former UX Design Lead, Google

Chad Trull

CEO, HighFive Healthcare

Chris Wink

CEO & Co-Founder, Technical.ly

Chun Schiros, Ph.D.

SVP Head of Enterprise Data Science Group, Regions Bank

Cornell Wesley

Chief Economic Development Officer, City of Birmingham

Curt Carver, Ph.D.

Vice President and Chief Information Officer, UAB

Dustin Ryan

Senior Data and AI Specialist, Microsoft

Eugene Johnson

Vice President of Economic Development, REV Birmingham

Jake Chen, Ph.D.

Chief Bioinformatics Officer, Professor of Genetics, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering, UAB

Jamal Lewis

Economic Opportunity Manager, PIN (Partnership for Inclusive Innovation)

Kai Frazier

Founder & CEO, Kai XR

Kwamena Aidoo

Co-Founder at Corridor Ventures

Maria Underwood

President, Birmingham Bound

Mary Bell

Workforce Alliance Relationship Manager Consultant, NCWIT

Matt Glazer

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Blue Sky Partners

Miraj Patel

Founder & CEO, Harness

Nathan Ryan

CEO, Blue Sky Partners

Nicole Allshouse

News Reporter & TV Talent, WBRC FOX6

Shannon Scott

CEO & Founder, Trak Capital

Sixue Zhang, Ph.D.

Head of A.I. Drug Discovery, Southern Research

Trent Kocurek

Founder, Airship

Trevor Johnson

Head of Customer Engineering, Google

And More!

Dr. Andrea Bowens-Jones

Corporate Initiatives Director, NCWIT

Ashley Jones

Poet Laureate of the state of Alabama

Deon Gordon

President & CEO, TechBirmingham

Elliott Potter

CEO & Co-Founder, Linq

Jared Mattsson

COO & Co-Founder, Linq

Patrick Sullivan

CTO & Co-Founder, Linq

Randall Woodfin

Mayor of Birmingham, AL

Will Lochamy

Radio host, Birmingham Mountain Radio
Sloss Tech 2023 Host

Gina Tollese


Malcolm McDonald

Birmingham GM, Endeavor

Jennifer Ryan

Co-Founder & CEO, Croux

Seth Griffin

Chief Creative Officer, Telegraph Creative

Joanne Esch

Senior Research Associate, NCWIT