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  

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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  

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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  

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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  

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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