Business leaders, civic dreamers and city folks who make things happen spoke a while back about “Envisioning a Vibrant and Inclusive Oakland Tech Ecosystem” at the well-attended Vator Splash Oakland, the City’s first big Pitch event.
Here are some memorable parts of that session:
Video Courtesy of Kapor Center for Social Impact
“This city is rich and diverse and vibrant and has this energy that’s kind of similar to Pandora’s music,” was one of those memorable statements, spoken by Marta Riggins, Director of Talent Brand and Events at Pandora.
Ashara Ekundayo, co-founder and chief creative officer at Impact HUB Oakland, urged people to be intentional about creating an inclusive tech ecosystem.
“For Oakland to come into its place as a vibrant center we are going to have to mind the gap, be diligent and creative about closing the gap,” she said, adding that Impact HUB Oakland tries to do that, “by being engaged with people and sharing space.”
Moderated by Cedric Brown, managing partner at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, other speakers in this video are Jose Corona, chief executive of Inner City Advisors; Kelly Kahn, City of Oakland Special Projects Director, Susan Mernit, co-founder of Hack the Hood, Oakland Local and this site LiveWorkOakland.com, Catherine Bracy, Code for America‘s local organizer, Karen Engel of Peralty Community College, Marin Poblet, executive director of Causa Justa and Mike Ghielmetti, president of Signature Development Group.