More Than The Music Conversations powered by Cox are open to #SITWFest ticket holders only, and are first come first served basis, as space is limited.
BREAKING INTO TECH POWERED BY COX
11am to 12pm
Are you interested in a job in the tech sector, but unsure what it takes to succeed? Whether you’re in school, transitioning out of the military, or simply looking for a shift in your career path, come hear from leaders in the tech industry who want to answer your questions and help you thrive. This will be a dynamic audience-led conversation, powered by Cox Communications.
Moderated by Nneka Chiazor, VP of Public Affairs & Government Affairs, Cox Communications
THE ART OF MUSIC PUBLISHING
12pm to 1pm
Want to break into the music industry? Sony/ATV CEO Jon Platt has the keys. Check out this in-depth conversation with Brian “B.Dot” Miller and Elliott Wilson of Rap Radar.
Brian "B.Dot" Miller
1pm to 2pm
Pharrell Williams and co-host Scott Vener speak with a revolving roster of music and cultural heavyweights on OTHERtone. SITW will feature a LIVE episode with special guests from Virginia Beach. Listen to OTHERtone on Beats 1, Apple Music’s global radio station.
SPLASH: SITW PITCH COMPETITION
2:30pm to 4pm
Powered by Old Dominion University and Cox Communications
SPLASH! is an opportunity for the most creative and innovative students to pitch a start-up, social enterprise, or innovative idea. The competition was open to both undergraduate and graduate student entrepreneurs currently enrolled in any community college, college or university in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Six (6) finalists will compete during the SITW Festival for a chance to win one of three (3) awards:
1. Best Female Founder
2. Biggest Social Impact
3. Boldest Emerging Technology Application
Winners will receive $2,500 each in start-up funding.
AND THE FINALISTS ARE:
PITCH: Bebe Listo - Jessy Lumus, Maryam Azeem, Maria Gonzalez
PITCH: Brise-Solette - Joshnamaithili Seelam, Aniket Kulkarni, Kashyap Venuthurupalli, Chandana Mukipaty
PITCH: EasyDraft - David Gonzalez
PITCH: FinX Mobile - Alex Vawter
PITCH: Pocket Protector - Kayla Burkholder, Karlie Vogt, Aniket Kulkarni
PITCH: Vineteq - Josh Clemens, Ben Carey, Jacob Herr
Learn more about the the Finalists here.
Bruce Smith, Former NFL Athlete
Timbaland, Music Producer & Artist, Entrepreneur
Nneka Chiazor, VP of Public Affairs & Government Affairs, Cox Communications
COMMUNITY SHARK TANK
4:30pm to 6pm
Powered by Hampton Roads Community Chamber of Commerce
Think you’ve got what it takes? Enter the Community Shark Tank for a chance to win seed money and professional coaching for your idea. The competition is open to residents of Hampton Roads between the ages of 12 and up who are not enrolled in College or University (College students apply through SPLASH Competition above). Finalists will present their ideas to selected judges during SITW.
Choose from three (3) age categories:
Ages 12 to 15:
One (1) winner receives $2,500 for start up funding
Ages 16 to 18:
One (1) winner receives $2,500 for start up funding
Four (4) winners receive $5,000 each and 12 months of professional business training and mentoring.
Dan Banister - Entrepreneur/Philanthropist
EJ Manuel - Quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs
Regina Mobley - Hall of Fame News Anchor/Realtor Exit Realty
Tamiya Davis - Author/Influencer/Entrepreneur/Founder of the Hampton Roads Expo Extravaganza
A Guided Passage-in-Consciousness Meditation with John Van Auken
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Supported by Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E.
This will be a guided session using the method given by visionary Edgar Cayce to help us expand our minds and raise the Life Forces in our bodies through deep meditation. The Director of the Edgar Cayce Foundation, John Van Auken, will lead this meditation. He is the author of a book titled Toward a Deeper Meditation that uses this same method.
"So may an individual effect a healing through meditation, through attuning not just a side of the mind or a portion of the body but the WHOLE, to that at-oneness with the spiritual forces within, the gift of the life-force within EACH body. Each individual body must bring its own creative force in balance."
gOD-Talk: A BLACK MILLENNIALS AND FAITH CONVERSATION
11am to 12pm
Presented by the National Museum of African American History & Culture in association with the Pew Research Center
Millennials are finding and creating new spaces to have different kinds of conversations that are not offered in traditional religious contexts. gOD-Talk is a groundbreaking project spearheaded by the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Center for the Study of African American Religious Life in association with Pew Research Center which seeks to:
• Uncover how millennials interact with religion and the transformative nature of community, the internet, and space.
• Amplify leading millennial voices including activists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, athletes, academicians, religious leaders, and politicians by creating a space for their experiences to be shared and documented.
• Create an opportunity for religious organizations and leaders, researchers, and engaged citizens to better understand the dynamic ways Black millennials engage with religion.
Tim Bowman Jr.
Teddy R. Reeves
IS THE AMERICAN DREAM A MYTH? THE FIGHT FOR EDUCATION EQUITY
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Sixty-five years after Brown vs the Board of Education, the fight for education equity in the United States and around the world is more important than ever before. Never has the zip code you were born into had more impact on your life chances than today. It will predict your education, income, life expectancy and health. Today growing up in some zip codes determines if it is more likely you will go to prison or to college. It was hoped that education reform was the key to eliminating these discrepancies. It has not turned out that way. What are the reasons? What are the answers?
Dr. Marc Eckō
Nia Imani Wellman
Moderated by Marc Ecko
2pm to 3pm
Narratives and inspiration from women who have created unique spaces for themselves across their industries, and have ignited change while paving the way for others. How do we continue to structure and articulate our narrative to make space, persevere and create the investment we need as women - our possibilities are infinite.
Moderated by Thando Dlomo
WE ARE OTHER: DEFYING EXPECTATIONS + STEREOTYPES
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Conversations with inspirational OTHERS utilizing what makes them unique to blaze new paths and keep the doors open for OTHERS behind them. It's not always easy being the OTHER in the room. Learn how they developed the courage and continue to shine a light on the importance to always be OTHER.
Dee Jay Two Bears
Moderated by Shavone Charles
THE NATURE OF REALITY AND THE EVOLUTION OF METAHUMAN
5pm to 6pm
There are countless ways we make our intentions come true, and people are constantly looking for the right one. The promise of making our dreams come true remains baffling, however. Some people manifest their deepest dreams, wishes, and desires while countless others do not.
Is there a common thread that makes dreams come true? If two people leading totally different lives can manifest completely different dreams, the common thread must lie beyond these differences.
We can follow the common thread by beginning at the beginning. Desires exist in consciousness. Dreams are born in consciousness. Making them physically real is a journey in consciousness.
Only by personally experiencing that all of reality is based in consciousness can be mystery of making dreams come true be solved. The main points on this journey are:
When you change how you view reality, reality changes.
Life is a lucid dream, and everything that happens is a dream come true.
Intentions are meant to manifest effortlessly.
You don't think your way to fulfillment, you feel your way, using attention, self-awareness, insight and moments of discovery.
It takes awareness skills to manifest the unfolding of an intention. These skills consist of being centered, paying attention, and maintaining focus.
When a dream is fully realized in consciousness, manifestation follows naturally.
When you know who you really are, you will manifest your dreams at the highest level.
SCREENING OF CNN ORIGINAL SERIES “THE REDEMPTION PROJECT WITH VAN JONES”
6:30pm to 8pm
With unique access to the U.S. prison system, this powerful new CNN Original Series takes viewers into the room as the victim or surviving family members of a life-altering crime, meet face-to-face with the person that caused harm as part of the restorative justice process. Discussion with Van Jones, Geoffrey Canada and Deepak Chopra to follow the screening.