2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Hustler to Entrepreneur: Tech and Disconnected Youth

Friday, March 11
3:45PM - 4:45PM

JW Marriott
Salon C
110 E 2nd St


There’s a tech boom all around, but low-income areas like the Bronx, 13 miles north of Silicon Alley, rarely reap benefits. Young people drop out of education and employment systems and depend on “the hustle” to get by – creative, quick-turnaround ways to make money.

In the hustle mindset, there’s a wealth of creativity that can evolve into entrepreneurship with the right training. In the Bronx, TechTank is a youth tech education program and incubator that fosters local entrepreneurship and builds connections with near tech hubs.

Hear how disconnected Bronx youth became tech savvy entrepreneurs. Learn how to implement and measure programs that grow tech talent in low-income areas.

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Deepthi Welaratna at SXSW

Deepthi Welaratna

Founder & Principal

Thicket Labs

Deepthi Welaratna leads the team at Thicket Labs. For the last 15 years, she's helped launch products, movements and ventures at the intersection of research, media, design, politics, and technolog...

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Jerelyn J Rodriguez at SXSW

Jerelyn J Rodriguez

Co-Founder & Pres Mgr & Entrepreneur in Residence at the BXL: Bronx Business Incubator

The Knowledge House

Uchenna Moka at SXSW

Uchenna Moka

Sr Consultant


Uchenna Moka is a Senior Consultant at ThoughtWorks, Inc and helped launch ThoughtWorks Pan Africa. She has offered information technology expertise in industries such as insurance, mobile, airline...

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