Events throughout the two-week period from March 21- April 1.
Featured speakers are as follows:
Founder & Chief CBL Commissioner of the CBL (Community Basketball Leagues, a global basketball league platform startup)
Friday, April 1 12:00 PM PST
Stem and sports are becoming the two most popular activities in the world. This week's events will dive into the harmonies between sports and stem that can be leveraged to thrive in tech fields.
STEM is a modern way of life that has been proven to be more beneficial and practical than our old education systems. Both stem and sports have a lot of competition and take up a lot of time. As more people are becoming interested in sports and the STEM fields, there are a growing number of opportunities to find careers that combine both. These industries have always been linked, but they’ve never been more linked than right now.
Hip Hop Hackathon launches a season of events between Black History Month and Juneteenth 2022 that bring together innovators and creatives to develop technology solutions to real-world problems. The events are aimed at providing the underrepresented, especially Blacks and Latinos, and all undervalued groups with the opportunity to develop their skills in the STEM fields and gain exposure to employment opportunities in STEM.
Hip Hop Hackathon is a community of creators, makers, and changemakers who have the power to craft the future of technology and culture by leveraging their unique talents to build solutions that address real-world problems. We know that our movement is not limited to the three pillars of rap, dance, and technology. We are artists and creators from all walks of life who have the potential to combine their expertise across a variety of disciplines to empower the culture.
The free events will celebrate the rich contributions of people of color, Blacks, and specifically, Black Women in STEM, to the computer industry, and encourage the next generation to explore STEM careers.
Learn more on the Hip Hop Hackathon website.
Wave Sports + Entertainment
Graduate Student, Health & Sports Tech Specialist
University of the Pacific
Women in Sports Tech
HTX Sports Tech
CEO and Co-Founder
Founder & Chief CBL Commissioner of the CBL
Moshe Lebowitz is a visionary who believes that humanity is on a positive trajectory and that we all have a responsibility to solve today's biggest health challenges. He has previously served as UI/UX Designer, Product Manager and CEO. Lebowitz uses his rabbinic training to solve business problems differently and innovates through the creative integration of technology together with new inventions. Lebowitz practices Hasidic meditation and is trained in craniosacral therapy, Chinese medicine and martial arts.
Murali is a current VP of Product at Wave Sports + Entertainment. Prior to this, he led Data and Platforms teams at Tinder, responsible for driving a positive member experience for all its users through data-informed decision-making and data-powered solution building. Before that, he was at DISQO and Deloitte. Murali has Masters in Engineering Management from Duke University.
Storyteller, thought provoker, problem-solver fashionably highlighting black excellence in unorthodox ways and addressing aspects of life like art, food, and travel.
"ALYSSE SOLL – CEO underdog advisory, Chair WiST (Women in Sports Tech)
Alysse Soll is the CEO of underdog advisory, part of underdog venture team, leading a team of domain experts committed to sourcing, advising and fundraising for innovative sports technologies to drive the best possible outcomes for companies and properties in the sports ecosystem.
Alysse is a 17-year veteran of the National Hockey League, launching the San Jose Sharks in
1990, where she pioneered fan acquisition platforms adopted by all NHL teams and other North
American professional leagues. At the NHL, Alysse first launched and led the Fan Development Department driving global fan engagement through an era of unprecedented growth. She later launched the NHL’s first marketing department, driving digital engagement and programming.
Alysse moved from sports to driving innovation in digital media and AdTech with senior positions at Time Warner, digital advertising, and mobile agencies.
Alysse is an Angel investor, capital fundraiser and M&A for sports tech startups (pre-seed through Series A). She is a certified (Series 7, Series 63) representative with Omnicap, LLC Broker/ Dealers.
Alysse is actively engaged as an advisor across the startup sports technology and digital media ecosystems and serves as a judge and mentor for Stadia Ventures, Mass Challenge, Comcast/NBCUniversal Sports Tech Accelerator and DivInc. Accelerator.
Alysse serves on non-profit Boards, as the Chair of WIST (Women in Sports Tech) and as Deal Co-Chair of the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels where she also leads the Sports sector investments. Alysse serves on corporate Boards including Healium, a health and wellness tech company.
Alysse is a graduate of Cornell University with a BA in Japanese Studies and Harvard Business School, Advanced Management.
As a former athlete, world-class figure skater and Varsity Ice Hockey Player, she knows a thing or two about discipline, grit, patience, and practice. She is a proud mother of an amazing teenage daughter who keeps her on her toes."
Garrett Klugh is the COO of Falk Ventures. He is an internationally recognized Olympian and frequent guest speaker, lecturer, and panelist in the sports-tech industry. Mr. Klugh earned his undergraduate degree at San Diego State University and his MBA from George Washington University. At SDSU, Mr. Klugh served as the President of the men’s rowing team. He went on to represent the U.S. on six National Teams and one Olympic Team (Athens 2004). Mr. Klugh won the World Rowing Championship in 1999 and was honored to be selected by his peers as the Athlete Representative on the Board of Directors for USRowing.
Nate is a Managing Partner with HTX Sports Tech and currently working with the City of Houston as the Innovation Advisor - providing operational insights, improving efficiencies and innovating through the use of data and technology.
Prior to co-founding HTX Sports Tech Nate served as an Implementation Specialist with the Houston Astros, where he was responsible for the management of external and internal projects for business operations and the implementation of technology solutions aimed at improving business operations.
He began his career in Ticket Operations working with the University of Cincinnati, Complete Ticket Solutions, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians [Guardians], and Houston Astros, where he oversaw ticket system transitions, integration of hardware and software, led strategic digital ticket initiatives, enhanced the adoption of loyalty programs, and researched emerging technologies that supported strategic organizational initiatives and innovation.
A native of Ohio, Nate hold’s a bachelors degree in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati, and went on to earn his MBA from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL.
Juan Juan, 20+ years experience in Product Design/Management working with several tech startups and Fortune 500 companies like Apple and Schwab. Also, worked at two natural language processing startups, launched a couple startups prior to Fanalyze and filed a few patents. Juan was part of a popular hip hop dance group, Dangerous Image, in the early 90's and was the top hip hop dance crew in California winning dance competitions.
Christina is a endurance sports and wellness entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Event Planning, Customer Service, Coaching, and Instructional Design.
She will be speaking on "Mindset, Foresight and Connecting"
Jamar Johnson is the Founder & Chief CBL Commissioner of the CBL (Community Basketball Leagues, a global basketball league platform startup). Published Author, Advocate For Those with Basketball Dreams, HR Professional, Y-Combinator Startup School Graduate Summer 2019, Launch's Founder University Summer 2020 Cohort, and Accredited Investor.