SATURDAY, JULY 14TH, 2018  ::  10Am - 7Pm





Major League Baseball will provide a day of panel discussions, guest speakers and fireside chats on topics that highlight entrepreneurship, e-sports, culture and the arts thriving within our nation’s capital. With the intent of highlighting the diversity of DC and exposing a new generation to Major League Baseball, Culture + Code will provide a platform of discussion topics most relevant to future leader and fans of our game. 

  • FASHION: Conversation on sneaker and customization culture
  • BUSINESS: Local entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to venture capitalist and businessmen for feedback and potential investment
  • ARTS: Producer Samantha Barrie and playwright Lydia Diamond discuss their off Broadway production of “Toni Stone,” one of the first women to play baseball in the all-male Negro League
  • SPORTS: Fortnite Derby with members of the 2018 Futures teams, introducing the next generation of baseball to a new legion of fans in an interactive setting.




10:00 - 11:00 | REGISTRATION - brunch - refreshments (LOUNGE)

Welcome by James Andrews - opennest

Music by DJ Alizay

11:00 - 12:00 | Fireside Chat - The Love of the Game (ART ANNEX)

Conversations with Bob Kendrick - President of the Negro League Baseball Museum

Interviewer: Sway CALLOWAY - Shade 45 SIRIUS XM Radio

12:10-1:10pm | Entrepreneurship After The Game (LOUNGE)

A discussion on post career investment and motivation as well as stories/experience on building a business and brand beyond the game.

Moderator: Malcolm Lemmons - Founder of Players Point Agency


○ Que Gaskins - Chief Brand & Growth Officer, THINK450

○ Roger Mason Jr. - Vaunt

○ Asani Swann - founder, chief strategist, business beyond the ball

○ Brendan Harris - Athlete In Residence @ SeventySix Capital

1:20 - 2:20pm | First Pitch (LOUNGE)

tHREE Local D.C startups pitch their ideas for the first time - where baseball and innovation team up to find future businesses and their founders.

Moderator: KP Reddy

Confirmed Judges:

○ Asani Swann - founder, chief strategist, business beyond the ball

○ Angel Rich - CEO of Wealthy Life

○ Marlon Stephen - Authenticated, Toronto Tech Community

○ Brendan Harris - Athlete In Residence @ SeventySix Capital

2:30-3:30pm | Kickstradomis live Customization (ARCADE)

Kickstradomis is coming to DC and eager to share his process with attendees. He will take a pair of baseball cleats and turn them into a work of art using just an airbrush, tape, and some paint. Gather around and enjoy the show!

Sneaker customizer who has taken the NBA by storm. He has created custom sneakers for Karl-Anthony Towns, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Hassan Whiteside, Kristaps Porzingis, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Ricky Rubio, Lavar Ball, and more. He has worked with brands like Trolli, Stock X, Adidas, NBPA, X Box, and Fortnite.

2:30 - 3:30pm | From The District To The World (LOUNGE)

How D.C. natives and residents are making the world better and D.C more inclusive; featuring cultural industries that are driving DC's new innovation economy including chefs, scene of creatives, musicians & more highlighting the Mayors initiative to make D.C. the most innovative and inclusive creative economy.

Moderator: Caroline Pugh (Resident)


○ Angel Rich - CEO of Wealthy Life

○ Ian Callender - Blind Whino

○ Modi Oyewole - Co-Founder Trillectro (MD)

○ Victor Nguyen-Long - Creative Strategist (VA)

○ Katalina Mayorga - El Camino part of emerging creative economy in the city

○ Aisha Bowe - Co-Founder & CEO of STEMBoard // NASA Scientist, Developer

○ Brendan McEachern - Founder of Broccoli Fest

3:00 - 5:00pm | Caricatures and Drawings with Napkin Killa (Courtyard)

3:40-4:20pm | Fireside Chat - Roundabout Theatre company (LOUNGE)

Roundabout will debut the play, TonI Stone, chronicling the life and times of the first woman to play in the Negro League. Based on the book Curveball, The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone by Martha Ackmann, join us to hear a conversation between the woman behind this forthcoming addition to the stage.

Toni Stone is an encyclopedia of baseball stats. She’s got a great arm. And she doesn’t understand why she can't play with the boys. Uzo Aduba ("Orange Is the New Black," Godspell, The Wiz) knocks it out of the park as the first woman to go pro in the Negro League. Featuring a bullpen of players crossing age, race and gender to portray all supporting roles, Toni Stone is a vibrant new play about staying in the game, playing hard, playing smart and playing your own way.

Moderator: CHRIS JACKSON - actor, HAMILTON


○ Playwright - Lydia Diamond

○ Producer - Samantha Barrie

○ Author - martha ackmann

4:30 - 5:30pm | Gaming Panel (lounge)

ESPORTS industry professionals and former athletes join a discussion about their love of gaming and how it’s changing the face and future of sports.

  • “There are 8 million kids today that don’t participate in any sports, and there’s an opportunity for them to get engaged, develop an affinity for their school, to just be a part of something that’s bigger than themselves.”

Moderator: Laz Alberto - VP of Bus Dev, PlayVS

○ Christian Friedrich - Former Padres Pitcher
○ Ben Nichol - NY Mets Overwatch League
○ Collette Gangemi - NY Mets Overwatch League
○ Josh Hafkin - The Game Gym

5:40- 6:40pm | SNKR Inc. - The Kickback (lounge)

 SNKR Inc. will come in and run their show "The Kickback" as a part of the sneaker panel highlighting the explosion of sneaker culture, customization and collecting.

Moderator: Steezus

○ Kickstradomis - Sneaker Designer
○ DJ Clark Kent - 30+ year music veteran. Sneaker King
○ Duk Ki Yu - Founder / Owner, Major
○ John Geiger - Founder, John Geiger Co
○ Collette Gangemi - Former VP Global Footwear Merchandising, DC Shoes


negro league baseball museum (art annex)

Fortnite Gaming Lounge (arcade)