How President Obama’s Timeline of Hope Inspired Me To Create An Inclusive Tech Ecosystem

During President Obama eight years of being President of the United States of America I had the opportunity to visit the White House three times. Each time was related to work I've been doing to create a diverse and inclusive tech culture. But the journey began eight years ago.

Like many African-Americans before my generation if you would have told me I would see a black president in my lifetime I would not have believed you. Growing up as a black man from a small town, Teachey, NC with a population of 200, if you would have told me I would visit the White House not once but three times [...]

Attending #SXSL Representing Change Catalyst & Tech Inclusion At The White House

President Obama Will host South By South Lawn (#SXSL): A White House Festival of Idea, Art, and Action Monday October 3, 2016

I’ve been attending and speaking at SXSW in Austin,TX for seven out of the past eight years. The 2016 SXSW was special. Both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended and spoke on panels and a fireside chat. I had the opportunity to see the President Obama fireside chat in person during the SXSW this year.

When the White House announced the South By South Lawn (SXSL) festival on Twitter, I immediately shared it and was dreaming I would [...]

Did the @WhiteHouse / @BarackObama pick @PlacePop to check-in over the other 20+ location-based services?

A few minutes ago I received a push notification on my iPhone from @PlacePop that Barack Obama checked in at InterContinental Toronto Centre as you can see via the iPhone screenshot above. What is @PlacePop? Per the website:

PlacePop is a place-based, social networking application developed by Ooga Labs - a San Francisco-based consumer technology greenhouse. The company was founded in 2009 by Kent Lindstrom, former CEO of the social networking website Friendster.
PlacePop fills a gap in the geo social networking market by providing a simple location-based social app [...]