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November 22, 2021

Events in the Metaverse: AfroTech Connects 10,000 People with Top Tech Companies in Virbela

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AfroTech is one of the largest multicultural tech conferences in the United States, bringing together leaders in technology and business for a week of presentations, recruiting, and networking. Hosted by Blavity, Inc., the event’s sixth annual conference hosted over 10,000 attendees in a Virbela Private Campus, featuring over 175 brands, including Apple, Google, Netflix, Disney, Tesla, Meta, Microsoft, and many others.  

The AfroTech conference featured a hybrid event format this year; bringing together over 10,000 people from the black tech community, from engineers, recruiters, executives, entrepreneurs, to cultural enthusiasts. During the event, attendees had the opportunity to network, listen to presentations from industry experts, attend breakout sessions with other professionals, and participate in on-site interviews. 

The six-day event incorporated various programming venues, including the Expo Hall, an exhibitor hub that showcased 175 brands, The Virbela Speakeasy, where celebrity DJs hosted evening parties, and an entire virtual campus designed to emulate the social dynamics of in-person events. 

Notable Highlights of AfroTech 2021: 

  • This year Morgan DeBaun, Founder and CEO of Blavity Inc., emphasized the role of emerging technologies like the metaverse, augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, and non-fungible tokens.
  • Hip hop mogul Rick Ross reminded attendees there’s nothing too big or too small for a boss, with insights from his New York Times Bestseller “The Perfect Day to Boss Up” an inspirational guide to success.
  • Food anyone? Well, sort of -- The AfroTech Family Reunion Cookout was held on the virtual beach. Guests dressed in their best all-white attire, where they mingled and partied to the sound of rhythmic AfroBeats. 
  • Chief Marketing Officer of Snap Inc., Kenny Mitchell discussed the ever-evolving conversation about the future of marketing, and how AR will continue to bring experiences closer to people and it’s a driving utility for business growth. 

AfroTech 2021 was unrivaled in the metaverse. Hosting an event of this magnitude on a virtual campus offered by Virbela makes it possible for more people to attend. The public has been buzzing about AfroTech, and people are speaking out. Virtual events are far from over, but events like AfroTech, and the accessibility it grants all communities, are gaining a lot of traction.

Check out some of the buzz on social media below:

For more highlights and details on AfroTech 2021 Conference, visit their website or follow Blavity Inc. on LinkedIn.

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