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angelaannn:

Where was this when I was studying for my college placement tests

angelaannn:

Where was this when I was studying for my college placement tests

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satisfysez asked: Do you guys have a twitter?

Yes! It’s @blktechies.

It’s mostly Tumblr stuff tho. Don’t forget I work here. :)

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Something’s been biting at me…

Can I make a confession?

When I started the Black Techies, it was because I didn’t even think there were that many black nerds.

You have proven me totally wrong. Over and over again. There are so many more nerds and geeks and whatever self-ascribed terms we choose than I ever expected to meet.

I feel like I need to pivot what the Black Techies is about. I feel like the change needs to make sure our culture sustains itself.

I started the group to try to get more black people interested in programming. But now, I want the group to be about building technology and keeping that wealth in our community. I want the group to grow more businesses and to fund our interests. BUT, this means moving from an educational focus to an action-and-economics-based focus.

Honestly, I’m terrified because it’s changing our “core mission”. But I don’t think anyone is addressing that need (of economics and taking action).

Am I way off base here? Please let me know what you think.

kylewpppd

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cpshoes:

March 20th Should Be International Shoe Day. 

I pronounce March 20th to be International Shoe Day because I love shoes, and it’s my birthday, and making pronouncements is the kind of thing one can do on their birthday…

Really though, in addition to being my birthday, March 20th should be International Shoe Day because it is the day that Jan E. Matzeliger received a patent for his shoe lasting machine in 1883 and soon completely revolutionized the shoe industry.

Jan Matzeliger was a black immigrant to the United States from the Dutch colony of Suriname. He arrived at age 19 speaking no English and having very little education. He settled in Lynn, Massachusetts and got a job doing maintenance work in a shoe factory. By age 30, Matzeliger had invented and patented the machine that allowed for the rapid production of high quality shoes - the shoe lasting machine.

Prior to the mid 1880s, most shoes were made entirely by hand. A shoe “last” was a model of a particular person’s foot, and these lasts were made so that shoes could be made to fit well. Shoe lasters were individuals who shaped the shoe and put the upper and lower parts of the shoe together. Such detailed and tedious work was commonly thought to be the toughest part of shoe making, and, of course, such work could only be done with human hands. Before the introduction of Matzeliger’s innovation, shoe making was a specialized skill, and expert shoe makers produced approximately 50 pairs of shoes per day.

Matzeliger’s shoe lasting machine held a shoe on a last, pulled the leather down around the shoe’s heel, set and drove in the nails, and then pushed out the finished shoes. With this new machine, 700 could be produced in a day. 700. That’s a 1300% increase. Forget incremental change, that’s a game-changer. In addition to drastically increasing high quality shoe production, the shoe lasting machine cut shoe prices in half, and it created tremendous opportunities for the employment of more unskilled workers.

So, when you go into a DSW or a Payless or check out Zappos.com and see what seems like endless low-cost footwear possibilities, thank Jan Matzeliger and his shoe lasting machine. Though the shoe industry looks much different than it did  when Matzelinger’s invention was popularized in factories, many of those more current innovations would not have been possible without his machine. One machine that made shoes available to people world wide. I am telling you, March 20th should be the International Shoe Day.

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If you’re in NYC this stuff is for you!
nycedc:

This Week in NYC Tech is a NYCEDC weekly series that features interesting happenings in the New York tech community. Events are curated from what we see around the Internet. Get plugged in!
Tuesday, March 18
NYC Tech Breakfast, 8 am
At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations.
Getting Started with Wordpress, 6:30 - 8 pm
Beginner to intermediate course for those seeking an easy, user-friendly way to set up and maintain a website. Held at the Made in NY Media Center, this class will walk through the basics of getting your site live quickly.
NYEdTechStartup Showcase 2014, 7 - 9 pm
Come and hear what New York Ed Tech startups are working on. See the community demonstrate how they’re solving some of education’s challenges with innovative and scalable technologies. Presenting companies include Credly, MakerState, MarcoPolo, Mediathread, and Pear Deck. 
Brooklyn iOS Developer Meetup, 7 pm
Join Etsy, TENDIGI, and Ultravisual for a night of iOS tools and tips. 
Wednesday, March 19
2014 New York City Clean Tech Open Northeast Kickoff Party, 5:30 pm
Entrepreneurs, students, savvy technologists, investors, professions, and other interested parties welcome! Join for an amazing night of clean tech community networking with a special focus on the upcoming Cleantech Open 2014 Accelerator program. 
Hardwired NYC #8, 5:45 pm
Join the Hardwired NYC Meetup group at Digital for this month’s speakers including Raymond Velez, the global CTO of Razorfish and Bein Einstein, creator of 3Doodler, the world’s first 3D-printing pen. 
NYC Pyladies Coding Potluck, 7 pm
Tipping Point Partners has invited PyLadies to hang out and code. Female python coders can bring their laptop. Everyone who comes will be working on a tutorial or their personal projects. 
Building a Brooklyn Network: Resources for Every BK Entrepreneur, 7 pm
The Brooklyn Entrepreneurs group invites entrepreneurs to join them at the Huge offices in Dumbo for a chance to Build Your Brooklyn Network. The event will consist of high-energy short presentations and free drinks. This time, they’ll be showcasing the best of BK networking resources: a handpicked group of the best co-working spaces and city-wide resource centers from across the borough. 
Thursday, March 20
Silicon Harlem Tech Talk, 5:30 pm
For Women’s History Month, Silicon Harlem is celebrating Women in Tech. Featured guest is Andrea Taylor of Microsoft.  Tech Talk will hosted by The Honorable Charles B. Rangel, who will be on hand to support the efforts of Silicon Harlem and help transform the community into a Tech and Innovation hub. March 20, 2014.
March Demo Night- NYC Media Startups, 6:30 pm
Join CUNY for March Demo Night, featuring exciting new media startups: 29th Street Publishing, The Howler, BKLYNR, RebelMouse, and Camayak
Startup Strategies - Asian Women on the Forefront, 6 pm
Asian Women In Business will be focusing on Asian women entrepreneurs who are at various stages of business development, some are self-funded and others have received multiple rounds of funding. Join us at Google to meet and listen to a panel of startups, women with undeniable passion and fortitude, who are in the midst of it all.
Friday, March 21
DUMBO Tech Breakfast Meetup, 8:30 am
Grab some food and talk tech.
Techstravaganza NYC 2014, 8:00 - 5:00 pm
The New York City Techstravaganza event is an annual IT Pro TechEd-type event being held at the NYC Microsoft office on Friday March 21st, 2014. The event will run from 8am-5pm and will include breakfast and lunch for attendees. $10 charge for attendees.

If you’re in NYC this stuff is for you!

nycedc:

This Week in NYC Tech is a NYCEDC weekly series that features interesting happenings in the New York tech community. Events are curated from what we see around the Internet. Get plugged in!

Tuesday, March 18

NYC Tech Breakfast, 8 am

At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations.

Getting Started with Wordpress, 6:30 - 8 pm

Beginner to intermediate course for those seeking an easy, user-friendly way to set up and maintain a website. Held at the Made in NY Media Center, this class will walk through the basics of getting your site live quickly.

NYEdTechStartup Showcase 2014, 7 - 9 pm

Come and hear what New York Ed Tech startups are working on. See the community demonstrate how they’re solving some of education’s challenges with innovative and scalable technologies. Presenting companies include Credly, MakerState, MarcoPolo, Mediathread, and Pear Deck. 

Brooklyn iOS Developer Meetup, 7 pm

Join Etsy, TENDIGI, and Ultravisual for a night of iOS tools and tips. 

Wednesday, March 19

2014 New York City Clean Tech Open Northeast Kickoff Party, 5:30 pm

Entrepreneurs, students, savvy technologists, investors, professions, and other interested parties welcome! Join for an amazing night of clean tech community networking with a special focus on the upcoming Cleantech Open 2014 Accelerator program. 

Hardwired NYC #8, 5:45 pm

Join the Hardwired NYC Meetup group at Digital for this month’s speakers including Raymond Velez, the global CTO of Razorfish and Bein Einstein, creator of 3Doodler, the world’s first 3D-printing pen. 

NYC Pyladies Coding Potluck, 7 pm

Tipping Point Partners has invited PyLadies to hang out and code. Female python coders can bring their laptop. Everyone who comes will be working on a tutorial or their personal projects. 

Building a Brooklyn Network: Resources for Every BK Entrepreneur, 7 pm

The Brooklyn Entrepreneurs group invites entrepreneurs to join them at the Huge offices in Dumbo for a chance to Build Your Brooklyn Network. The event will consist of high-energy short presentations and free drinks. This time, they’ll be showcasing the best of BK networking resources: a handpicked group of the best co-working spaces and city-wide resource centers from across the borough. 

Thursday, March 20

Silicon Harlem Tech Talk, 5:30 pm

For Women’s History Month, Silicon Harlem is celebrating Women in Tech. Featured guest is Andrea Taylor of Microsoft.  Tech Talk will hosted by The Honorable Charles B. Rangel, who will be on hand to support the efforts of Silicon Harlem and help transform the community into a Tech and Innovation hub. March 20, 2014.

March Demo Night- NYC Media Startups, 6:30 pm

Join CUNY for March Demo Night, featuring exciting new media startups: 29th Street Publishing, The Howler, BKLYNR, RebelMouse, and Camayak

Startup Strategies - Asian Women on the Forefront, 6 pm

Asian Women In Business will be focusing on Asian women entrepreneurs who are at various stages of business development, some are self-funded and others have received multiple rounds of funding. Join us at Google to meet and listen to a panel of startups, women with undeniable passion and fortitude, who are in the midst of it all.

Friday, March 21

DUMBO Tech Breakfast Meetup, 8:30 am

Grab some food and talk tech.

Techstravaganza NYC 2014, 8:00 - 5:00 pm

The New York City Techstravaganza event is an annual IT Pro TechEd-type event being held at the NYC Microsoft office on Friday March 21st, 2014. The event will run from 8am-5pm and will include breakfast and lunch for attendees. $10 charge for attendees.

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joeacollege:

FREEDOM ACCORDING TO NINA SIMONE: One of my favorite clips of Nina! I love how she allows her epiphany to baffle her. This is Nina just being herself, Eunice

Thought of the day from Nina Simone: what is freedom?

Are we free now? What do we need to do to get free?

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Can’t wait for next year. 3.14.15.

Can’t wait for next year. 3.14.15.

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Check out itooamharvard, exposing racism and stereotypes around students of color at Harvard. 
I Too Am Harvard in it’s own words:
A photo campaign highlighting the faces and voices of black students at Harvard College. Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned— this project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here. This place is ours.

Check out itooamharvard, exposing racism and stereotypes around students of color at Harvard.

I Too Am Harvard in it’s own words:

A photo campaign highlighting the faces and voices of black students at Harvard College. Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned— this project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here. This place is ours.
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4xtra asked: What is the hottest thing going in IT now? In regards to innovation...

I’m in the 30+ crowd, so what I’m amazed at is the amount of low-cost, easy-to-setup platforms to code on. When I started it was PHP or Perl to do web stuff. Now every language has a web framework. Getting a server is cheap. You can even learn on hardware platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi on a low budget.

All of those add up to more access, and that means more diversity in who can program and what they will come up with.