"The most powerful computer in the world is the one you already have access to, but aren't using to its full capacity."
- Many hi-tech entrepreneurs have degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and two of the most important pipelines between academia and Silicon Valley originate at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.
- My daughter's book is an exploration of why so few of the highly talented black students at these academic powerhouses obtained degrees in STEM fields. More specifically, she explored the impact of perceived prejudice within those fields that motivated so many members of this Talented Tenth to op out of STEM and switch into careers that were more "racialized" -- her term for fields that already contained substantial numbers of black professionals.
- Apps whose developer tools can be obtained for cheap or for free from the Web;
- Apps whose prerequisite developer skills can be learned for cheap or free from the Web;
- Apps that can be developed on garden-variety workstations; and
- Apps that can be distributed for cheap or for free via an Internet cloud
- Introduction to the major operating systems ==> iOS and Android
- Minimal coding developer environments ==> for iOS and for Android
- Major Websites that provide useful prefabricated widgets ==> for iOS apps and Android apps
We are not conceiving Howard's initiative as something bounded by its brick and mortar walls because we know that our success will be greatly amplified to the extent to which we throw open opportunities for participation in our efforts via the Internet to wannabee black entrepreneurs among our own alumni and among the current members of other HBCU communities and among their alumni. We also intend to participate in the incubator efforts sponsored by other organizations devoted to assisting minority entrepreneurs, e.g., other HBCUs, the NewMe Community, etc.
Your Comments and Suggestions
Please use the "Comments" form at the bottom of this note to share any ideas or suggestions that you think might be useful to what we are trying to achieve, especially with regards to our "core curriculum". And I promise that as we get going, we will return these favors by offering our help to other HBCUs and to other organizations that launch similar programs for black hi-tech entrepreneurs.
P.S. Speaking of killer apps for smart phones, please click the following HBCU headline, "SPELMAN COLLEGE JUNIOR INVENTS A TOP-RANKED DOWNLOADABLE APPLICATION OFFERED BY APPLE'S APP STORE" (September 1, 2009)
Yes! We can!!!