Baltimore Tech Professionals to host annual Multicultural Minority Innovation Weekend

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BALTIMORE, MDMinority Innovation Weekend 2019 (MIW19) provides minorities launching new businesses an opportunity to connect with each other and gain exposure to investors. This weekend’s summit at the University of Baltimore’s Thumel Business Center is dedicated to aiding minority innovators launch tech-focused startups, exploring trending technologies, and showcasing tech startups that have a minority founder or co-founder.

This two-day conference is co-hosted by NSBEBMAC, the Baltimore Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers Professionals, and SHPE, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Baltimore and Johns Hopkins Chapters.  The goal of this year’s event, named Minority Innovation Weekend (MIW), is to provide knowledge to enable individuals to turn their technology-based ideas or concepts into viable tech-startups and new corporations.

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“The early stages of entrepreneurship can be a particularly isolating time due the do-it-all nature and time constraints of starting a business,” said Sir Walter Richardson, the MIW 2019 coordinator. “Even when given the chance to engage the broader technical or entrepreneurial world, the demographics are such that minorities can still feel isolated.”

The MIW19 Host BDPA Chapter is BDPA Baltimore.  MIW19’s Media Sponsor is bdpatoday.  Register today for Minority Innovation Weekend 2019 at https://miw.eventbrite.com.

— Source, video, and photo credits: NSBE-BMAC

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In Atlanta—BlackTech and entrepreneurs across the U.S. lead part of new migration South

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ATLANTA—Today, African-Americans are reversing their great migrations, abandoning false promises from U.S. technology hubs in the West, Northwest, and Northeast to reclaim cities in the South. In an article released this week from USA Today, Brookings Institution demographer William Frey, author of “Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America,” says Atlanta leads all other metropolitan areas in black migration, increasing more than five-fold from 1970 to 2017.

bdpa16_students-agendaLeading these migrations are younger, highly educated talent who demand quality of life without exorbitant price tags and excessive taxation. Demographer Joel Kotkin, executive director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, underscores the fact that Atlanta’s big draw for African-Americans is the large number of entrepreneurs. Direct access to tech start-ups, students, interns, and protégés from the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) and leading technology schools make Atlanta extremely attractive. Moreover, as a strategic triad of academia and public-private partnerships, local HBCUs, Georgia State, and Georgia Tech actively are engaging governments, industry partners, and community technology organizations such as BDPA and LISTA to expand smart cities research while organically growing local talent.

National BDPA will convene its 41st annual technology conference in Atlanta, Georgia from August 1-3, 2019. Headquarters for BDPACON19, this year’s conference, will be the Hyatt Regency Atlanta with technology workshops and presentations at local mission partner facilities and participating colleges and universities.

2016 National HSCC Champions | BDPA AtlantaTop Coders and National HSCC Champions
Annual BDPA conferences feature technology career expos, National collegiate and high school IT Showcases, Mobile App Showcase, National High School Coding Competitions (HSCC) featuring top-coders from local BDPA Chapter cities and Jr. Devs from every BDPA region, and annual Youth Technology Camps (YTC). This year’s Host Chapter, BDPA Atlanta, will try to recapture their National HSCC championship (shown above) with another title in 2019. BDPA St. Louis is 2018’s defending HSCC World Champion.

— Industry sources: Urban Geekz and USA Today

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Baltimore Pitch Competition team captures $10K regional prize

WASHINGTONTestify Software Solutions won $10,000 as a finalist in another round of pitch competitions designed to encourage youth entrepreneurship across emerging software-defined ecosystems.

Organized by Mark Greenberg and Marcus Noel, The World Series of Entrepreneurship (#WSE2017) Regional Pitch Competition series is aimed at giving students an extracurricular outlet to develop their ideas, challenge their comfort zones, and learn along a fun, empowering journey. Their mission is to encourage high school students to take a leap with them—inviting them to participate in the ultimate hands-on after-school activity where students get to come up with their own businesses or product ideas, make it come to life with guidance from industry mentors, and then show off their venture in a pitch competition with their peers.

Femi Adebogun, Zack Tasker, Druvesh Patel,  and Paras Shah are Testify‘s Franklin High School co-founders. Testify is an education technology (EdTEch) startup built around their MindMap app.  For Adebogun (top/cover photo), the WSE2017 regional high school pitch competition was not his team’s first rodeo. According to Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Spotlight, last December they participated in the Venture D.C. Pitch Competition here in Washington, beating six local startups with their app idea, pitch, and execution. Furthermore, they have been asked to talk about Testify at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada on several occasions. Nonetheless, regardless of what they have achieved thus far, Testify‘s co-founders still hope to achieve and earn more.

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BDPA’s high school coding competition (HSCC) students from Washington, D.C. (BDPA-DC) also participated in WSE2017 events. Team leader Ms. Indigo Emanuel (photo) introduced her team and launched their pitch.

Philadelphia, PA and the District of Columbia served as WSE2017 host cities. Washington’s Inclusive Innovation Incubator [In3] hosted one of the regional pitch competitions at Howard University.

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Decoding the Department of Defense (DoD)

 DIUx Invites your firm to Participate in a special Small Business Townhall:diux-banner-18feb16

Director, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental
Acting Director, DoD Office of Small Business Programs
Chief of Contracting Policy Branch, Air Force Research Lab
Regional Manager, Silicon Valley US Patent & Trademark Office
Chief Technology Officer, Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—The Department of Defense (DoD) is often viewed by companies as a challenging customer. However, the DoD can provide value to small businesses by providing funding for technology maturation, introducing their technology to potential DoD customers and testing technology in real world applications. With a DoD partnership, this can all happen without diluting the equity of existing founders and investors.

MSISAC_DashboardTo better understand the resources available to you and introduce key local California contacts, join DIUx, the DoD’s Office of Small Business Programs, and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office/Silicon Valley on February 18, 2016 from 4pm-6pm for a Small Business Townhall, followed by a networking session and an opportunity to meet with Small Business experts. This session will be interactive, with opportunities for conversation with key personnel from the Department who want to identify technology that can potentially benefit the nation’s security.

Small Business Townhall topics include:
  • The resources and opportunities for a small business to work with the DoD
  • A Translation of the Contracting Alphabet: From Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) to Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs), the Department is leveraging new contracting options to work with you
  • Current opportunities and technology areas of interest to DoD
  • Intellectual Property: Mythbusting
  • Local government resources in the area (Defense Innovation Unit Experimental; USPTO; Service SBIR offices)

To RSVP or learn more, visit ► http://www.diux.mil/events/decoding-dod.html

BDPA HSCC Alumna Wins TECH.CO $tart-Up Contest

Blendoor Blendoor wins start-up contest.
BDPA’s Stephanie Lampkin captures title.

San Francisco – The votes are in! TECH.CO officially announced this year’s Startup of the Year. They had $250,000 in prizes to give away this year, so while they had one winner each startup went home with something.

First Place went to Blendoor, who received $120,000 of SoftLayer credits and chose to partner with 500 Startups. Oh, and they won the coveted Tech Cocktail chalice!  Select here to discover more…

Demo Day at the White House

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Demo Day at the White House

 

BDPA executive sponsors and members were invited. (L-R) Wayne Sutton, BUILDUP; Stephanie Lampkin, Blendoor; Sharrarne Morton, Morton Media; and Keith Scott, AppDynamics | BDPA-DC bdpatoday © 2015


Washington, DC–President Obama hosted a demo day at the White House on his birthday, Tuesday, August 4, 2015, for startups aimed at increasing diversity in technology within underserved minority communities to boslter minority start-ups. Millions of dollars were pledged from Industry to invest in these new initiatives.

 

 

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