Activist Brittany Packnett is coming to Disrupt NY

Words cannot express my excitement, but they’ll have to do. Brittany Packnett, VP of National Community Alliances at Teach For America, co-founder of social justice organization Campaign Zero and social justice activist, will be joining us at TechCrunch Disrupt New York in May.

I first heard Packnett speak at the Obama administration’s South by South Lawn festival at the White House, where she schooled us about social justice activism and her work through Campaign Zero. It was awesome.

Campaign Zero does a lot of work around police violence, but its mission is much bigger than that, Packnett said.

“What we are incredibly clear about is police violence is a branch on a larger tree that is rooted in systemic oppression and racism,” Packnett said. “And coming out of that tree is inequitable housing, issues of employment, mass incarceration, healthcare, inequitable education. So the radical dream is not just to break off the branch of police violence but to uproot the entire tree.”

Through Campaign Zero, anyone can access a variety of information and tools to take action around issues ranging from police violence to mass incarceration to unemployment. Last September, Campaign Zero released a police use-of-force policy analysis that looked at the data from 91 of the 100 largest police departments throughout the country. The team found that police departments with more restrictive use-of-force guidelines have the fewest officer-involved shootings per capita. After the election of 45, Campaign Zero released an agenda to resist the president of the United States and end police violence.

 At Disrupt NY, we’re going to chat with Packnett about technology’s role in social justice activism, resisting 45 and much more. You don’t want to miss this.

The event is going down May 15-17 in Manhattan. You can snag your tickets here. Also, pssst! If you’re a student, a nonprofit or in the military, you can get discounted tickets.

Vineet Taneja joins Micromax as CEO from Samsung India


Micromax has announced that it has appointed Vineet Taneja as Chief Executive Officer. He previously served as country Head for IT & Mobile businesses of Samsung India before leaving the company few weeks back. He joined Samsung back in March 2013 and had previously served in Bharti Airtel, Nokia India (between January 2008 to April 2010) and Hindustan Lever. He will focus on consolidating Micromax’s strong presence in the market, driving global partnerships and strategic alliances while strengthening the organizational capabilities within Micromax, said the company.

Micromax’s former CEO Deepak Mehrotra had quit the company last year and Rahul Sharma, the company’s  Co-founder was managing the company for the past few months.

Commenting on Vineet’s appointment, Rahul Sharma, Co-founder, Micromax said,

Vineet will be an asset in our next phase of growth, his diverse experience will be a great addition to the Micromax leadership in India both from organizational set-up and business growth perspective. Vineet is one of the most respected corporate leaders in the industry and has a great track record of successfully leading diverse brands across sectors. I firmly believe that he will be a strong partner in our vision to be India’s first technology brand to leave an imprint at the global level. We look forward to working closely with Vineet and support him in this new journey.

On his appointment, Vineet Taneja, said

Micromax has been one of the great success stories in India’s mobile eco-system, and has pioneered the democratization of technology for masses by addressing specific consumer needs with constant innovations. We are witnessing an inflection point in the smart devices globally. Therefore, it is a great opportunity for me to lead Micromax into its next phase of growth by consolidating and further strengthening its position in India, and looking at global markets to complete its transition of becoming a global force to reckon with.

Snap!: the modular smartphone accessory you should be funding


We recently learned of a modular smartphone accessory on Indiegogo that we think you might be interested in checking out. Called Snap! it’s an “efficient attachment system” that goes on the back of your handset. Once in place you can snap (get it?) it into other accessories. Like to take your smartphone with you when riding a bike? Snap! Perhaps you’d prefer to leave your wallet at home and take but a few credit cards or some actual cash. Snap on the money clip and you’ll ensure that the phone and your money are never separated.


There are a number of clips already in development for the Snap! accessory with more promised in time. Currently in its first few days in seeking funding, the Indiegogo project is well on its way to hitting the goal. In fact, as of right now it’s at 65% with another 42 days left to go.