Thursday, December 31, 2015

HBCU Announcements in STEM & #DiversityInTech -- Q4 Oct, Nov, Dec 2015

Last update: Thursday 12/31/15


Below find links to the DLL Editor's choice of  the most important HBCU announcements in STEM & Diversity in Tech that appeared in TECH Dozens magazine in Q4 -- Oct, Nov, Dec 2015

HBCU Announcements in STEM & #DiversityInTech -- Q3 Jul, Aug, Sep 2015

Last update: Thursday 12/31/15


Below find links to the DLL Editor's choice of  the most important HBCU announcements in STEM & Diversity in Tech that appeared in TECH Dozens magazine in Q3 -- Jul, Aug, Sep 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

HBCU Announcements in STEM & #DiversityInTech -- Q2 Apr, May, Jun 2015

Last update: Wednesday 12/30/15


Below find links to the DLL Editor's choice of  the most important HBCU announcements in STEM & Diversity in Tech that appeared in TECH Dozens magazine in Q2 -- Apr, May, Jun 2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

HBCU Announcements in STEM & #DiversityInTech -- Q1 Jan, Feb, Mar 2015

Last update: Wednesday 12/30/15


Below find links to the DLL Editor's selection of  the most important HBCU announcements in STEM & Diversity in Tech that appeared in TECH Dozens magazine in Q1 -- Jan, Feb, Mar 2015

#DiversityInTech Interviews and Panel Discussions -- 2015

Last update: Tuesday 12/29/15 
Below find links to DLL Storyfies of nine memorable Twitter chats, i.e., interviews with and panel discussions among leaders in #DiversityInTech in 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

#DiversityInTech Conferences and Meetups in 2015

Last update: Tuesday 12/27/15 
#DiversityInTech was promoted in a wide array of conferences and meetups all across the nation throughout 2015. Links to the small fraction of these events that were curated by the DLL using Storify are listed below:

Hackathons 2015 !!!

Last update: Monday 12/28/15
The DLL curated two kinds of hackathons throughout 2015: civic and educational. Civic hackathons developed technology-based solutions to challenges facing communities; educational hackathons provided productive learning experiences for participating students. Below find links to the DLL's Storyfies of these exciting events.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

TECH Dozens Top Stories -- Q4 Oct, Nov, Dec 2015

Last update: Sunday 12/27/15
Below find tweets that link to the DLL's most important news stories during 2015, i.e., the cover stories and the two or three other top stories in each week's issue of the DLL's TECH Dozens magazine


TECH Dozens Top Stories -- Q3 Jul, Aug, Sep 2015

Last update: Sunday 12/27/15
Below find tweets that link to the DLL's most important news stories during 2015, i.e., the cover stories and the two or three other top stories in each week's issue of the DLL's TECH Dozens magazine


TECH Dozens Top Stories -- Q2 Apr, May, Jun 2015

Last update: Sunday 12/27/15
Below find tweets that link to the DLL's most important news stories during 2015, i.e., the cover stories and the two or three other top stories in each week's issue of the DLL's TECH Dozens magazine


Saturday, December 26, 2015

TECH Dozens Top Stories -- Q1 Jan, Feb, Mar 2015

Last update: Saturday 12/26/15
Below find tweets that link to the DLL's most important news stories during 2015, i.e., the cover stories and the two or three other top stories in each week's issue of the DLL's TECH Dozens magazine



Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!!!

Last update: Friday 12/25/15



The DLL wishes each and all a very merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

TECH Dozens Best Views 2015

Last update: Friday 12/25/15
Below find tweets that link to the DLL Editor's choice of the best views from TECH Dozens magazine in 2015 -- commentsopinions, and long forms worth reading again and again in the new year.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

DLL Storyfies of Black Girls Code in 2015

Last update: Tuesday 12/22/15
2015 was an incredibly productive year for Black Girls Code (BGC), a year that ended with the Oakland-based program expanding its volunteer operations from Oakland and New York to Washington DC, Raleigh-Durham, Memphis, and Atlanta. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Chicago as a major center for Blacks in technology

Last update: Wednesday 3/2/16
Previous notes on this blog hailed New York NY, Washington DC, Atlanta GA, and Oakland CA as major centers for Blacks in technology, i.e., as urban communities wherein Black Americans could find significant opportunities for success within an economy increasingly driven by innovations in information technology. So why has it taken so long for this blog to "discover" Chicago IL, the nation's third most populous city?

Saturday, December 19, 2015

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 12/19/15

Last update: Sunday 12/20/15 @ 2:30 pm
This week's cover = photo from tweet about Star Wars: The Force Awakens ... Other top stories = California proposes that all self-driving cars have licensed humans in the drivers seats  ... and Clinton-Sanders-DNC data snafu & apology

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment opportunities and more diverse entrepreneurial opportunities in information technology (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in Ed Tech and Info Tech ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 12/19/15.


A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views  

... Old TECH Dozens ...  Calendar ... TECH 2014 ...

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Remembering Twitter Events (Chats)

Last update: Saturday 12/17/15
If the "unexamined life is not worth living" then it's important to record what really happened: what we did; what we said; what other people did and said; what we said about what other people did and said. Social media, like Twitter, enable all of us to participate in the curation of what happened in our lives to an extent that was reserved for professional historians in previous times. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 12/1215

Last update: Sunday 12/13/15 @ 3:05 pm
This week's cover = graphic from tweet about CS Education Week + Hour of Code ... Other top stories = Supreme Court  considers affirmative action case ... Musk, Thiel, and other wealthy techs form nonprofit to support human-friendly AI research ... and Zuckerberg says Muslims are "always welcome" on Facebook

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment opportunities and more diverse entrepreneurial opportunities in information technology (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in Ed Tech and Info Tech ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 12/12/15


A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views  

... Old TECH Dozens ...  Calendar ... TECH 2014 ...

Saturday, December 12, 2015

DLL Storify of BLUE1647 24-Hour Hackathon and Youth Tech Challenge in Brooklyn NY

Last update: Sunday 12/13/15 

NY State Senator Jesse Hamilton and a number of other elected local officials formed a partnership with Chicago's BLUE1647 to organize this hackathon and youth challenge event, the first of its kind in Brooklyn, from 11 am on Saturday 12/12/15 to 11 am Sunday 12/13/15.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

DLL Storify of CODE/BRONX: HOW TO START YOUR SCHOOL’S CODING PROGRAM -- Tuesday, 12/8/15

Last update: Thursday 12/10/15
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Code/Interactive (C/I) invited members of the Bronx K-12 community to Boricua College during Computer Science Education Week to participate in the launch of the Code Bronx initiative that will bring coding and computer science to every school in the Bronx. 

Monday, December 07, 2015

Remembering Twitter Events (Everyone)

Last update: Wednesday 12/16/15
If the "unexamined life is not worth living" then it's important to record what really happened: what we did; what we said; what other people did and said; what we said about what other people did and said. Social media, like Twitter, enable all of us to participate in the curation of what happened in our lives to an extent that was reserved for professional historians in previous times. 

Sunday, December 06, 2015

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 12/5/15

Last update: Sunday 12/6/15 @ 1:30 pm
This week's cover = photo from tweet that Billionaire philanthropists address big problems 

... Other top stories = College graduation rates for minority students show insubstantial gains ... Apple makes Swift programming language open source ... and Next week 12/7 to 12/11 is computer science education week with #HourOfCode

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment opportunities and more diverse entrepreneurial opportunities in information technology (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in Ed Tech and Info Tech ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 12/5/15 @ 3 pm.


A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views  

... Old TECH Dozens ...  Calendar ... TECH 2014 ...

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Black Self-segregation in Politics and Academia -- Part 3 (strategic partnerships)

Last update: Saturday 12/515
In Part 2 of these notes, I suggested that most Black students are underperforming at most predominantly white institutions (PWIs), not just because they endure racist micro aggressions, but because they must strive for academic success without the benefit of the pervasive support networks of peers, teachers, tutors, mentors, and role models that sustain Black students at HBCUs.  


DLL Storify of Black Girls Code, DC, Women in STEM Panel -- Saturday 12/5/15

Last update: Saturday 11/14/15
The Washington, DC, chapter of Black Girls CODE hosted its 1st Women of Color in STEM Panel today. This event was an educational experience for girls between the ages of 7 and 17 and their parents/guardians.  The young women heard from a panel of women working in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM) to discuss the significant gender gap in these fields in the United States.

Friday, December 04, 2015

DLL Storify of the Bronx Tech Meetup -- Thursday, 12/3/15

Last update: Friday 12/4/15
This meetup was held at the Doran Jones facility in the South Bronx. Tina Shoulders (BxTechMeetup Co-Founder) recapped some of the community goals that started the meetups two years ago, and talked about how and why the Meetups were designed.  

Saturday, November 28, 2015

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 11/28/15

Last update: Sunday 11/29/15 @ 11:30 am
This week's cover = photo from tweet that $5 Raspberry Pi Zero sells out in 24 hours ... Other top stories =  Jeff Bezos space program launches and lands a rocket ...  and Google introduces latest IDE: Android Studio 2.0 


The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment opportunities and more diverse entrepreneurial opportunities in information technology (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in Ed Tech and Info Tech ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday  11/28/15 @ 3 pm

A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views  

... Old TECH Dozens ...  Calendar ... TECH 2014 ...

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Black Self-segregation in Politics and Academia -- Part 2 (higher ed)

Last update: Friday 11/27/15
II. Black higher education needs Black institutions
Nowadays over ninety percent of Black college students are enrolled in non-HBCUs, or Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) as some people call them. The Black Lives Matter movement has recently engaged in numerous protests on non-HBCU campuses against the persistence of racism at these institutions, mostly in the form of micro aggressions. In my opinion most of these protests have missed the mark.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Black Self-segregation in Politics and Academia -- Part 1 (politics)

Last update: Friday 11/27/15
Legal segregation denied Black Americans equal access to a wide array of the nation's resources thereby making it impossible for Black Americans to achieve equality on most significant measures of success with White Americans. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

DLL Storify of Black Enterprise Twitter Chat with Brian Williams, CEO PurchaseBlack.com -- Monday 11/23/15

Last update: Monday 11/23/15 
The featured guest on the Black Enterprise Twitter chat today was Brian A. M. Williams, founder and CEO of PurchaseBlack.Com.  As per the "About Us" page on its Website, it strives to have a direct, positive impact on the Black American community through innovative actions and partnerships.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 11/21/15

Last update: Sunday 11/22/15 @ 12:30 pm
This week's cover = graphic from tweet about the UNCF Third Annual HBCU Summit in Silicon Valley ... Other top stories = Samsung Gear VR on sale now ...  Google hires co-founder/former CEO of VMWare to head its cloud services ... and R.I.P. Hank Williams, Diversity Pioneer 


The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment opportunities and more diverse entrepreneurial opportunities in information technology (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in Ed Tech and Info Tech ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 11/21/15 @ 3 pm.

A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views  

... Old TECH Dozens ...  Calendar ... TECH 2014 ...

Saturday, November 21, 2015

DLL Storify of UNCF's Third Annual HBCU Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley -- Day 4 of 4, Saturday 11/21/15

Last update: Saturday 11/21/15
From Wednesday 11/18/15 until Saturday 11/21/15, UNCF is hosting its third annual HBCU Innovation summit in Silicon Valley. As per the summit's press release: 
 


Where Did They Get Their Numbers???

Last update: Saturday 11/21/15
I have been dismayed by the fallacious "pipeline" explanations offered by the Silicon Valley corporate elite that there aren't enough Black students majoring in Computer Science to enable them to employ racially diversified technical staffs. More recently, however, I have also been dismayed by fallacious declarations from some Black academic leaders that it's possible to diversify the faculty of all colleges and universities to a level close to 12 percent because Black Americans are 12 percent of the total U.S. population. So I find myself shaking my head at both elites and wondering, "Where did they get their numbers?"

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Special TECH Daily 11/16/15 ... #RIP Hank Williams

Last update: Tuesday 11/17/15 @2:20pm
Special Edition ... Hank Williams, 1965 to 2015, in memoriam

A pioneer in #DiversityInTech, Hank Williams, founder of Platform.org,  passed away yesterday at age 50. Below find some obituaries and tributes. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 11/14/15

Last update: Sunday 11/15/15 @ 12:30 pm
This week's cover = photo from tweet that Udacity, the MOOC, pivots to become Udacity, the billion dollar unicorn ... Other top stories = Open source machine learning software from Google ...  T-Mobile offers free video streaming  ...  and Google's self-driving car gets pulled over



The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment opportunities and more diverse entrepreneurial opportunities in information technology (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in Ed Tech and Info Tech ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday  11/14/15 @ 3 pm.


A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views  

... Old TECH Dozens ...  Calendar ... TECH 2014 ...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

DLL Storify of Black Girls Code, Atlanta, Robot Expo! -- Saturday 11/14/15

Last update: Saturday 11/14/15
Black Girls CODE brought an exciting adventure to Atlanta on Saturday 11/14/15 that was all about ROBOTS!!! The young girls who participate had fun and captivating educational experiences.  


DLL Storify of Black Girls Code, NYC, Robot Expo! -- Saturday 11/14/14

Last update: Saturday 11/14/15
The New York chapter of Black Girls CODE brought an exciting adventure to the Bronx on Saturday 11/14/15 that was all about ROBOTS!!! The young girls who participate had fun and captivating educational experiences.  

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

DLL Storify of Black Enterprise "Driving Innovation" Twitter chat with Clarence Bethea, founder/CEO of Upsie -- Tuesday 11/10/15

Last update: Tuesday 11/10/15 

The featured guest on the Black Enterprise "Driving Innovation" Twitter chat today was Clarence Bethea, founder/CEO of Upsie -- "The new way to warranty."  As per the FAQs page on its Website:


  • "Upsie is a mobile app that provides an easier & better way to protect your stuff. You get the same warranties and coverage offered by other companies, but at an affordable price. No annoying sales pitch. No big price markups."
     
  • "The main differences between Upsie and the warranties you’re offered elsewhere are simplicity and price. Upsie costs SO. MUCH. LESS. And, because it’s an app, it makes everything super simple. You can search warranties or scan a barcode when you’re shopping in store and get pricing and coverage info right then & there."

Pipeline Fables vs. Effective Diversity Recruitment

Last update: Thursday 3/3/16


When I look over the profiles of those of you who follow this blog via its links from Twitter, I know that the vast majority of you have serious interest in data, i.e., in facts not factoids, in truth not "truthiness". 


Monday, November 09, 2015

DLL Storify of The Phat Startup Conference, Tech808, New York City -- Monday 11/9/15

Last update: Monday 11/9/15
Sponsored by The Phat Startup, Tech808 was a unique pairing of Hip Hop and Entrepreneurship. This one-day tech conference for minority and millennial entrepreneurs brought together a diverse range of leaders, speakers, and panelists to educate and inspire future CEOs. It enabled attendees to explore the world of entrepreneurship through the lens of people actually in the trenches making it happen. Attended were inspired, but also enabled to take their programs to the next level with executable actionable advice.  

Saturday, November 07, 2015

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 11/7/15

Last update: Sunday 11/8/15 @ 12:30 pm
This week's cover = photo/graphic from tweet about the resignation of a Black Technical Manager from Twitter ... Other top stories = Facebook has one billion active users per day  ... YouTube makes videos compatible with Cardboard VR ... and A new Star Trek series is coming in 2017


The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment opportunities and more diverse entrepreneurial opportunities in information technology (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in Ed Tech and Info Tech ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 11/7/15 @ 3 pm.


A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views  

... Old TECH Dozens ...  Calendar ... TECH 2014 ...

Friday, November 06, 2015

DLL Storify of Black Enterprise Twitter Chat with Greg Greenlee -- Friday 11/6/15

Last update: Friday 10/6/15 
The featured guest on the Black Enterprise Twitter chat today was Greg Greenlee, founder of Blacks in Technologya tech focused community and media organization focused on increasing diversity in technology. Blacks In Technology's mission is to increase visibility, participation, and change the perception of people of African descent in technology through community focused activities, events and media. 

Thursday, November 05, 2015

A "Great Debate" about Black Data

Last update: Thursday 6/16/16
In April 1973, Ben Wattenberg, a former liberal who became one of the founding fathers of "neoconservatism", published an article in Commentary magazine ("Black Progress and Liberal Rhetoric") that claimed that a middle class majority had emerged in Black America ("about 52 percent"). His article was greeted by a hailstorm of criticism from America's most prominent Black policy analysts, including a response from Dr. Herrington Bryce, Director of Research at the Joint Center for Political Studies ("Putting Black Economic Progress in Perspective"). Wattenberg's call and his critics' thunderous responses triggered an epiphany in my small brain, the kind that blinds ambitious young instructors to the obvious risks of standing too close to erupting volcanos. So I decided to invite Wattenberg and Bryce to participate in a debate in front of my class in the final week of one of my courses in the upcoming Fall 1973 semester ... and they accepted my invitation.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

White Liberals vs. White Conservatives -- Some Consequences of Fundamental Beliefs

DLL Editor's note -- The notions spelled out in this essay are the distillation of a continuous analysis of my lifelong experience. I know they are not provably "true" ... but they represent my best explanation for the data of my personal experience so far.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Less is more ...

Last update: Monday 11/2/15
Recognizing the wisdom of a few constructive DMs the DLL has received on Twitter recently, starting tomorrow its editor will reduce the number of times the DLL tweets each day and each week.  This will give the DLL's very small staff more time to identify and/or develop more interesting stuff to tweet about ... :-)

Diversity in Tech via profits, political activism, new technologies, and philanthropy ,Part 4 -- Do our current strategies scale???)

Last update: Thursday 3/3/16


The subtitle of this fourth and final part of my discussion asks the crucial question: Do our current diversity-in-tech strategies scale??? Here are a few statistics from the U.S. Department of Education that suggest how high we will have to scale up from where we are now.   





Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Part 4

Saturday, October 31, 2015

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 10/31/15

Last update: Sunday 11/1/15 @ 11:05 am
This week's cover = photo from tweet about EDUCAUSE 2015 Annual Conference ... Other top stories = Quarterly reports from  Apple and Twitter ... LinkedIn Q3 results top expectations ... and European Parliament votes to grant asylum to Edward Snowden

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment opportunities and more diverse entrepreneurial opportunities in information technology (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in Ed Tech and Info Tech ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 10/31/15 @ 3 pm.

A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views  

... Old TECH Dozens ...  Calendar ... TECH 2014 ...

Thursday, October 29, 2015

DLL Storify of LiquidTalent Untapped -- The Future of Work in the Bronx -- Thursday 10/29/15

Last update: Thursday 10/29/15
Sponsored by LiquidTalent, this summit explored what the next generation of work will look like in The Bronx. Participants discussed the driving forces behind the Future of Work, including education, mobility, lifestyle, and independence. The audience included modern-day professionals, free agents, educators, public officials and community influencers. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Diversity in Tech via profits, political activism, new technologies, and philanthropy -- Part 3 (Secret Sauce) of 4

Last update: Tuesday 10/27/15

"The plural of anecdote is not data." 


This witty, incisive aphorism from an article that was published by Inside Higher Education a few weeks ago was nagging me last night as I made my final mental preparations for writing this, the third segment of my discussion this morning.  

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

DLL Storify of HBCUHacks @ Morgan State University Hackathon Weekend -- Friday 10/30/15 to Sunday 11/1/15

Last update: Wednesday 11/4/15 

HBCUHacks is a series of weekend hackathons that provide students at HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) the opportunity to flex their coding, design, and business skills and work together to build software and mobile apps. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Diversity in Tech via profits, political activism, new technologies, and philanthropy -- Part 2 (HBCUs) of 4

Last update: Monday 10/26/15
In my opinion, as I noted in the Part 1 of this essay, America's traditional education and training programs at K-12 and post secondary levels are not providing most Black students with effective opportunities for acquiring the coding and computational thinking skills that are non-negotiable prerequisites for careers in information technology. 


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Part 4