Keynote: Finding Purpose Through the Things We Build

Location: Grand Ballroom ABC

Duration: 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Day of week: Wednesday


Note: The Closing Keynote is Open to QCon Attendees, their partners, and invited guests. While the closing keynote is free, anyone without a QCon badge will need to register to attend the keynote.

What is YOUR Why?

We all have different moments in life that serve as a catalyst for why we do the things we do--Moments that give us a clue as to how we want to spend our time in order to make change in the ways we want to see --sometimes need.

We’ll discuss some of the projects I discovered for my purpose and hopefully help you find your own. Some of my projects include:

  • STILL BLACK (Art/Film)
  • PhD Legacy at NorthWestern
  • Appolition
  • Trans*H4CK

We can all be purposeful changemakers.

Speaker: Kortney Ziegler

Co-Founder/ Head of Product & Design @useAerial | Creative Director @Appolition

Dr. Kortney Ziegler is an award-winning writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur. His passion for social-justice-based work in the tech space, led him to found Trans*H4CK (2013) the first technology organization centered on sustaining transgender lives. He is also the co-founder of Appolition, a web app that collects spare change to pay bail for those that can't. Ziegler is the first person in history to receive the PhD of African American studies from Northwestern University (2011). Ziegler was named one of the most influential African Americans by TheRoot100 and one of the most powerful African Americans by Ebony Magazine.

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