Introducing the Research Coalition for Black Women & Girls in Computing

Black women are a segment of the population that is one of the least represented in computing, and increasing their representation is further challenged by the lack of positive messages in media that celebrate their contributions to technology.  In an effort to combat this lack of awareness, it is important to amplify the voice of a thriving community of black women in computing and technologists and inspire black girls to…

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Turn UP for STEAM!

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  On February 19-21, 2016, BWiC partnered with Strong TIES who hosted Turn Up for STEAM: a weekend-long workshop for teens featuring a hip hop and coding hackathon held at Phoenix College in Phoenix, Arizona. This AZ SciTech Festival signature event and its partners are known for their “pizzazz” and the guest list of those interacting with the students at Turn Up for STEAM was quite impressive; featuring LaMar Queen of MusicNotes in LA and Black Poet Ventures…

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#GHC15 Recap

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If you’re just tuning in, #GHC15 has come and gone and all I can start with is WOW!  Yes, I put my figurative blogging pencil down for a few days during the conference and, yes, I did need a few weeks to recover from everything that was GHC. We said it would be the mother of all GHC conferences.  Let’s just say it lived up to the hype and some….

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BWiC Holding It Down in Houston

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Black Women in Computing Founder, Danielle Cummings, and local Houstonian, Mahalia Asanaenyi, was interviewed by Melanie Lawson on local Houston program, Crossroads, to discuss the lack of diversity in the tech industry, about Black Women in Computing, our events around Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing and why was it important for us to be visible in Houston. Click the image or link below to watch the interview. http://abc13.com/video/embed/?pid=1042887

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Introducing Houston Techspaces: STARTHouston

  Once again, it’s time for Tech Thursdays at START Houston. If you’ve never been, this might be a good opportunity to check out this co-working space near downtown Houston. For our conference-goers, the good news is Tech Thursdays are free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. So if you want a place to get some work done while you’re in Houston and want to…

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#GHCManbassadors

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Without a doubt, gender equality in tech fields takes support from both sides of the gender equation.   Whether we’re talking about fathers, brothers or manfriends, the 49 percent of U.S. population plays a critical role in #changingthegame. That’s why I am always impressed when I meet a “Manbassandor.” Today was no exception. Just a stone’s throw from the George R. Brown Convention Center, I spoke with a Pakistani “Dadbassandor” who…

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Texas Southern University – A Reflection on 2008

The year was 2008, the day Nov. 4. In awe, my family and I watched the results of the election come in. Then as a family we made the decision to drive to one of the historic black neighborhoods in Houston. We started at Scott and Wheeler in Houston’s Third Ward. This was the home of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, an historic, politically active and community-minded church. This was the…

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Introducing Black Women in Computing At #GHC15

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A special thing happens when bright minds come together.  Things work.  New relationships are forged.  Deals are made.  The needle moves.  This is the power of community—the power of Systers’ Affinities Communities. Here at the Black Women in Computing virtual offices, we’re laying the building blocks for what we hope will be the best GHC experience to date!  Every day leading up to the 2015 GHC, we’ve been sparking our…

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Bayou City Weather – Sunny with a high chance of variability

One of the questions I get asked is how much does Houston live up to the hype on its weather? Let’s just say it is sunny with a high chance of variability. Relative to our east coast counterparts, Houstonians do see more of the sun this time of the year. But, really, anything goes when it comes to the weather. One minute it’s perfectly sunny. The next hour there could…

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