Startup Weekend Jackson
Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015
Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm
Mississippi College School of Law
151 East Griffith Street
Friday March 27th
Saturday March 28th
Sunday March 29th
A proud Mississippi native, Harris was born and raised in and around the state’s capital in Jackson and Terry, Miss. Harris proved to be a very enterprising young man. At 16, Harris and his friend, Jason Owens, discovered old gumball machines in the Owens family’s garage. Within two years, Harris had vending machines in 20 stores. By age 20, Harris' Vending Services had machines in seven Mississippi cities and more than 50 store locations. That business venture piqued Harris’ interest in the stock market and investing. That interest blossomed and by the age of 26, Harris had become an accredited investor.
Harris was very active as an undergraduate student at Jackson State University. As president of the Student Government Association during the 2007-08 academic year, Harris successfully worked with the university’s administration to benefit students. He made those accomplishments while also enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard as a private first class (E-3). After earning a degree in finance in 2008, Harris was commissioned as a military intelligence officer in the United States Army Reserve.
After college, Harris interned with the prestigious Morgan Stanley in New York City and went on to spend two years as a financial analyst at Northrop Grumman.
The military called and in January 2010, Harris was deployed to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After serving there for nine months, Harris returned to Baghdad as an intelligence analyst for a private contractor. By January 2011, Harris was in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. After three years of working abroad, Harris returned to the United States in July 2013.
Harris’ love for Jackson State University has led him to be a loyal contributor, giving each year since he graduated in 2008. Harris’ business acumen has made those contributions possible. A Blue and White Life Member of the JSU National Alumni Association, Harris was the platinum sponsor for the 2013 National Alumni Association Annual Conference in Tunica, Miss. Harris currently serves on Jackson State University's Development Board and in 2013, the university announced Harris’ contribution of $55,555 dollars. The number is significant because 2013 marked Harris’ fifth year since graduation. The scholarship is endowed and will be a permanent part of Jackson State University, therefore benefitting its students for years to come.
Coaches and Mentors
Manager of the Office of Innovation for the Existing Industry, Mississippi Development Authroity
Carter holds degrees in Computer Science and Instructional Technology and earned recognition as an interactive media designer and usability engineer early in his career. Prior to founding Think Webstore, Carter served as a director for two internet companies and as a vice president for a nationally recognized advertising agency. He has worked for IBM, AT&T, and NCR in multimedia, interactive learning, and organization development, and has consulted with multiple Fortune 500 companies, including Home Depot, ETS, and Citigroup in the areas of e-commerce, e-learning, and e-business transformation. Carter has also worked with hundreds of small to mid-sized businesses in the areas of online presence, marketing, and business strategy.
A recognized industry author, Carter is an invited speaker on a range of topics including intrinsic motivation, interactive media strategies, user experience engineering, organization development, marketing, and advertising.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Jackson team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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