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Morgen Bromell Keynote Speaker Founder of Thurst Technology
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Keynote, Virtual Presentation, Fireside Chat, Panel, Workshop and Training

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New York, USA

Tags: Gravity's Exclusives / Activism / Digital Marketing / Diversity & Inclusion / Health & Wellness / Social Change & Issues / Startup / Technology

About

Morgen Bromell is a founder and technologist working to make tech more accessible to people of color through justice-based initiatives and tech activism. Apart from being the founder of Thurst, a dating app for the LGBTQIA+ community, they are also deeply invested in community building and documenting queer histories, particularly how queer and trans people use digital resources and online platforms to navigate our world.

Morgen began their interest in studying the intersections of queer organizing and digital platforms while both a student and youth activist in Brooklyn, NY. They were fortunate enough to learn from elders and queer trans activists from Stonewall while working at some of the more premier digital media companies and immersing themselves in the NYC startup scene.

These multifaceted experiences of balancing a technical background with a passion for queer liberation and justice have deeply influenced all of their work, from development to speaking and writing. Apart from tech, Morgen is interested in vegan cooking and decolonizing their diet, visual arts, and Afro-futurism.

Topics

Safety and Security Standards for Marginalized Users

This talk explores the process of determining what is “safe” and what security means internally and externally for the user as you begin to develop or reconsider the structure of your platform, app, product, or service that has marginalized users. This presentation doesn’t require any previous technical knowledge apart from a general understanding of project management and product development.

Queering Tech

“Queering Tech” will address how creatives, technologists, and designers challenge the inherent slant towards cis, white, heterosexual bias when planning and developing platforms, spaces, and tools to serve all communities. The goal of this talk is to explore and present options for teams of all sizes about how to shift perspective and challenge social and structural norms within our workspaces and collectives. Morgen believes by queering praxis, we not only change the process but the outcome, making every step of development potentially more inclusive, effective, and impactful.

Founding a Startup as a Young, Queer, Black Technologist

Morgen will share the pivotal moments that helped them as a new founder develop a network of supportive peers, advisors, mentors, and find their own community within tech. Morgen’s personal journey and the lessons learned navigating tech and eventually getting their startup launched and funded can be adjusted and applied to any marginalized person or group seeking an alternative narrative about entrepreneurship.

Meditation and Mindfulness as a Sustainable Startup Strategy

This talk is meant to serve both founders and startup employees, as well as employees on teams within large organizations that have a startup ethos. Morgen will share the practices derived from non-western meditation-based spiritualities that have aided Morgen in efficiently identifying causes of stress and alleviating it on a personal and company-wide level. Often mindfulness and spirituality are not associated with the pillars of successful companies, but Morgen will carefully detail how embracing parts of various non-western teachings and applying them within the context of a small working group can improve efficiency and interpersonal collaboration.

Videos

Articles

today is a Buju Banton kind of day

Holy shit. A disproportionate % of black people and bodies affected by this, as expected

"I saw you recently fell in love with Hozier so here's a video you might like" - the only men I accept in my life

Prioritize being good to yourself. The better you are to you, the better you are equipped to be good to others.

Never forget that this is the order.

"Once we know that we are not all safe, we can’t unknow it. We are forever disrupted. This disruption, not justice, is the legacy of Orta’s video. But at what cost?" https://t.co/Ifbr2LPktB

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It’s important to remember that plantations were “diverse”. Businesses and nonprofits would rather move toward diversity (a counting game) rather than equity and inclusion (a redistribution of power + reparation). https://t.co/57aEVpUUtZ

Read @zakcheneyrice on the reason why the New Zealand massacre happened. “The endgame of white supremacy will always be deaths of those who aren’t white,” he writes, “because there is no such thing as an acceptable nonwhite presence under white supremacy.” https://t.co/Fh7Di6Gy4h

My friend got me into a sold out Basquiat exhibition today at The Brant Foundation and it was definitely the most expansive collection of his work I've ever seen. Truly thankful 😊

The very idea of our society, higher-ed or otherwise, being a "meritocracy" is something that was made up to justify & reify existing social hierarchies. It's not real. What's real is how wealth & race combine to give ppl things that they tell themselves they inherently deserve.