Thursday, October 30, 2014

Invasion of the Data Snatchers: The Net Draws Tighter

Thaddeus Howze
Guest Blogger: Thaddeus Howze
Crossposted from 'The Good Men Project'

If you started with the video, you might have had the impression you’d heard (or read) this somewhere before. You have. It was part of a famous 1930 radio broadcast that began like this:
"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twentieth century came the great disillusionment."
This is the introduction to H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds. In his book, he theorized about a vast and cool intelligence that watched Mankind’s every move before making the decision to come to Earth to conquer and destroy Humanity. Sounds grim. This radio broadcast actually put fear in the hearts of people everywhere. It is one of the 20th century’s greatest hoaxes. How prophetic a hoax Wells would never know.

Why begin a video about the loss of privacy to future technology using language very similar to that broadcast? Mostly because today’s skeptical mindset dismisses the loss of privacy as little more than a hoax, something to be talked about on the news and then forgotten.

But before you decide to forget, let me enlighten you on a few things:

Click here to read the rest of this Good Men Project article.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BDPA iRadio Show: October 28, 2014 (Wayne Hicks, Tonji Zimmerman)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is very proud to be the creator of the BDPA iRadio Show. You can listen to the archive version of the show using the widget shown in the right-hand sidebar of this blog. FREE download from the iTunes Store is also available for our listeners!

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The guest on the October 28th show:

Tonji Zimmerman - program manager, BDPA Mobile Application Showcase - Tonji Zimmerman is a senior technology consultant focused on e-learning solutions. For many years she served as the High School Computer Competition coordinator for BDPA Detroit chapter. She trained a number of high school students that earned both college scholarships and experiences that propelled them into colleges across the country. Tonji has taken on a new challenge for 2014-2015 ... she is the program manager for the National BDPA Mobile Application Showcase. This event allows both high school and college students an opportunity to develop a functional Mobile Application. The applications showcased will represent three different application categories (i.e. business, personal productivity, and gaming). The Showcase was piloted at the 2014 National BDPA Technology Conference with $19,000 in college scholarships being awarded by State Farm. Next year the goal is to have 40 students participating in the event. Tonji will have a lot to share with our iRadio Show audience!

Wayne Hicks - executive director, BDPA Education and Technology Foundation - Wayne provided an update on a number of initiatives taking place within the foundation.  He announced the names of the four students who won the 2014 Monsanto Scholarship for BDPA Students.  He also shared updates on successful grant proposals won by BETF from Creating IT Futures Foundation ($5,000) and GE Volunteers Foundation ($20,000).   BETF plans to participate in the #GivingTuesday fundraising campaign taking place on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (December 2, 2014).   The idea is to follow-up on Black Friday and Cyber Monday as events to galvanize the start of the holiday shopping season.   Finally, Wayne shared information about the BDPA Chapter Building Workshop series that is taking place in the BDPA Google+ Community.  Wayne can be found on Twitter - @BDPA

We hope you enjoy the insights and commentary on the show from each of these guests. Please take a moment to post a comment to let us know that you care!

Monday, October 27, 2014

2015 Blacks Gone Geek IT Job Outlook

Did you know that the current employment in the IT sector can be best described as a tale of two markets? In general there is high demand for professionals with specialized skills and then there is the rest of the market with unemployment still in the pre-recession double digits. The trend tells a story of a market in sharp demand for Knowledge workers but a dismal performance for those continuing to seek employment in low skill jobs.

The only way to get ahead and stay ahead in this challenging job market is to constantly distinguish yourself from the competition by demonstrating great performance and maintaining highly marketable skills.

But what are the highly marketable skills for IT professionals today? Every year National BDPA past president Milt Haynes conducts a Blacks Gone Geek Readers Poll to tap into the "Wisdom of the Crowd" because we want you to know what's happening in the "real world".

Please take this short 5-minute survey. Your valuable input will provide insight into where IT jobs are growing and highlight the current and future trends in the industry. Please take action today!

Survey results will be published on Blacks Gone Geek website ( in December.

Click here to take survey -

Sunday, October 26, 2014

CNA Insurance Renews Bronze Level Sponsorship with BDPA

BDPA Chicago chapter is pleased to announce that CNA Insurance renewed its Bronze Level corporate sponsorship earlier this month. This is the sixth time in the past seven years that this major insurance firm has expressed its support of BDPA through our corporate sponsorship program.

More than one million businesses and professionals count on CNA for thoughtful solutions, solid products and dedicated services. From main street enterprises to multinational Fortune 500 companies, CNA has built partnerships with agents and brokers to meet the insurance needs of businesses of any size. For over 100 years, companies of all sizes have depended on CNA.

The company sponsorship includes five corporate memberships and substantial financial support of the following programs within the BDPA Chicago chapter: Awards Banquet, Education Banquet, High School Computer Competition team and Student Empowerment Retreat.

Contact us by email ( or by phone (301.584-3135 x108) if you would like to learn more about the benefits of the BDPA corporate sales program!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BDPA Brotha Shares Two Most Important Things to Remember About Media Publicity

BDPA Brotha
I have been in BDPA since 1988. Some of y'all refer to me as the BDPA Brotha! One of the constant concerns that I hear expressed by most local chapters is that they are the 'best-kept secret' in their community and industry. Perhaps it it time to remember that you don't need to know everything about media publicity to take advantage of opportunities. If you simply keep a few key ideas in mind, you can get your local BDPA chapter (or other non-profit entity) media coverage on a regular basis.

Here are the two most important things to remember about media publicity:
  1. Opportunities are EVERYWHERE - How many radio stations, televisions stations, newspapers and magazines do you think there are in existence? In the U.S. alone there are not just thousands, but hundreds of thousands. And each of these media stations and publications need content. They are always waiting for people to drop the next story in their lap. You can be the one to do it! All you have to do is try.

  2. The Media Doesn't Look For You - Even if you are a famous person, the media won't necessarily come looking for you. They wait for someone to tell them about a story idea, and then they come running. If you don't pitch your idea to the media, they won't know who you are and they won't come looking for you. You have to take the first step.
I hope that these chapter marketing tips are helpful to you. Feel free to contact me by email if you would like to discuss additional ways to market your nonprofit business.

In the meantime, You I will continue to share these 'BDPA Brotha' tips on a semi-regular basis!

Friday, October 24, 2014

ITW Foundation

The ITW Foundation is a U.S.-based, nonprofit 501c3 organization that serves as the charitable arm of the ITW corporation. Since its founding more than 100 years ago, ITW has become one of the world’s leading diversified manufacturers of specialized industrial equipment, consumables, and related service businesses.

ITW created the foundation in 1954 as a way to formalize the company’s philanthropic efforts. Today, the ITW Foundation provides generous pledges and grants each year to qualified health, human service, cultural, educational and environmental organizations. Combined with direct donations from the ITW Corporation, matching gifts, scholarships and United Way donations, beneficiaries receive in excess of $20 million annually.

The ITW Foundation has given special attention to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Scientific knowledge is critical for innovation, one of ITW’s core capabilities and values.

This would appear to be an outstanding funding source for BDPA chapters that are co-located with ITW ... such as BDPA Central Illinois or BDPA Chicago.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BDPA Information Technology Minority Executive Forum

BDPA Atlanta chapter and the Next Level Technology Foundation recently held its annual event featuring Minority IT Executives. The forum this year featured National BDPA founder Earl Pace as its keynote speaker with Next Level Technology Foundation executive director Felicia Jones serving as the moderator of the panel discussion.

Please take a moment to support BDPA Atlanta chapter programs, scholarships and services!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Carrington & Carrington Supports BDPA Technology Conference

National BDPA is pleased to announce that Carrington & Carrington will be in attendance for the 37th Annual BDPA Technology Conference on August 19-22, 2015 in Washington DC.

Willie Carrington began the search practice in 1979 and was joined by Marian Carrington in 1991 as a Principal and Co-Owner. Since then, they have together guided Carrington & Carrington, Ltd. through challenging economic periods to remain one of the leading African American owned executive search firms in the country. Headquartered in Chicago, with a strong presence in Washington, DC and Memphis, TN, the firm’s impressive national client list consists primarily of Fortune 500 companies and nationally recognized not-for-profits.

The firm places candidates in middle management and senior-level executive positions across various industries and all functional areas. Throughout its history, Carrington & Carrington, Ltd. has stayed true to its original mission of knowing and sourcing diverse talent for major companies and has become strong specialists in this area.

Strength through Diversity and Inclusion,” reflects the belief at Carrington & Carrington that in order to remain competitive, companies must attract top diverse talent for the management pipeline and executive-level positions.

Contact BDPA on (301) 584-3135, x108 if you have questions about our corporate sales program!