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Teacher for software game industry programming and a Boston Massachusetts tech meetup group.

Let’s get right to how to do it. Here is where you go to for Computer Game Programming Instruction in Massachussetts .

I like them. I’ve talked to the director of the institute, I highly recommend the …..
The Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) at Becker College is the state-wide center, 

http://www.massdigi.org

designated by the Commonwealth, for entrepreneurship, academic cooperation and economic development across the Massachusetts digital and video games ecosystem.
Established in 2011 and based in Worcester, MassDiGI is the result of creative collaboration among academia, industry and government, aimed at fostering the growth of the game industry and innovation economy.
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Another Tech Meetup Group find

That would be the New England Association for Information Science and Technology.

Go to Link: http://www.meetup.com/neasist/events/232736267/

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Bringing African American digital culture up to date in 2016.

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CFP The 30th Annual Symposium on African American Culture & Philosophy

published by Venetria Patton on Friday, March 11, 2016
Call for Papers

The 30th Annual Symposium on African American Culture & Philosophy

Exploring the “Humanity” in the Digital Humanities: Africana/Black Studies’ Perspectives on the Digital Humanities

 

Keynote Speaker: Abdul Alkalimat, University of Illinois-Urbana Champagne

Plenary Speakers: Marisa Parham, UMass-Amherst & Kenton Rambsy, University of Texas-Arlington

 

African American Studies and Research Center
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
December 1-3, 2016

The African American Studies and Research Center invites scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit proposals for papers, panels and digital presentations for  “Exploring the “Humanity” in the Digital Humanities: Africana/Black Studies’ Perspectives on the Digital Humanities,” its 30th Annual Symposium on African American Culture & Philosophy to consider the relationship between the digital humanities and Africana/Black epistemological frameworks that ask, “What Does It Mean to Be Human?”

Work that is closely associated with the theme will be given preference during the review process.  We seek papers and panels from across the disciplines on such sample topics as:

  • Africana/Black Studies & Digital Recovery
  • Africana/Black Digital Genealogies
  • Africana/Black Studies & Spatial Humanities
  • Africana/Black Studies & the Digital Arts
  • Data Visualization in Africana/Black Studies
  • Text & Data Mining in Africana/Black Studies
  • Africana/Black Studies & Digital Scholarly Communication
  • Africana/Black Studies & Digital Humanities Pedagogy
  • Creation and Curation of Africana/Black Studies Digital Resources
  • Africana/Black Studies & Software Design and Modeling
  • Africana/Black Studies & New/Social Media
  • Game Studies, Digital Humanities & Africana/Black Studies
  • Africana Studies: Intersections of the Humanities and Social Sciences

The deadline for individual and panel abstract submission is June 6, 2016.  Abstract submissions of up to 250 words should be sent to:

Ronald J. Stephens, Director, African American Studies and Research Center

Purdue University
College of Liberal Arts, School of Interdisciplinary Studies
29th Symposium on Philosophy & Culture
Steven Beering Hall, Room 6176
100 North University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098

Or email: aasrc@purdue.edu with abstract in the subject line

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Black businesses in Boston for NSBE engineers meetup

NSBE is coming to town

Black businesses in Boston get excited when they hear about national conferences and meetings that bring thousands of organizational members to the city.  In Massachusetts, most black and minority owned firms are located in Boston Proper.

There’s a few important things Black visitors to Boston  care about when they come to conference. Most have well paying jobs so money is not an object.  They want to know where the parties are and this black Boston  events web site has night club reviews and lists of soul food spots and jazz clubs.

They may want a different perspective on what they’ve heard about Black Boston and the web site AboutBlackBoston.com provides that perspective.

On Boston’s http://smallwall.net/blackowned is a list of 100 black women-owned enterprises with the ability to scale. It is a subset of a list containing hundreds more black and minority owned firms in Massachusetts that may be interested in what NSBEBoston and NSBE National has to offer.

NSBE is the National Society of Black Engineers, a non-profit volunteer membership organization offering career and professional development training for its members.  Members also work with local schools mentoring kids in STEM ( science, technology, engineering and math) activities and contests.

The National Society of Black Engineers will be hosting its 42nd Annual Convention at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in 2016.

more info: http://www.nsbe.org/Convention/2016/About.aspx

 

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Training in Game Development with UNITY

There is an online course titled Learn To Code by Making Games – The Complete Unity Developer being offered by uDEMY.

The course byline is Game development & design made fun. Learn C# using Unity 4.6 & Unity 5. Your first 7 2D & 3D games for web & mobile.

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There are 295 lectures and 51 hours of video contained in the course for a fee of $197.00 You can preview the course material here before you invest in doing it.

 

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2016 Stem update for teens

NSBE – the National Society of Black Engineers offers STEM training for youth.

BDPA –  or the Black Data Processing Association offers STEM training for youth.

CODE2040 connects Black and Latino/a engineering talent to opportunities to ensure their leadership in the innovation economy.

You can look into STEM programs for students in grades 7-12 on wwww.teenlife.com published by a company of the same name in  Brookline Ma that is targeting middle and upper income suburban parents by offering expensive school programs.

The MIT k-12 outreach directory is a comprehensive resource provided by Mit University.

 

 

 

 

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Good time of the year for raw Black entertainment.

Its December and that time of the year when we think back for a minute at the year just past and look ahead for the next one coming.

Ophrah’s The Color Purple stage play and Jennifer Hudson are performing live on the Broadway stage in New York City.

Last week there was The Wiz Super Soul Musical on prime time network television and it had people talking about Queen Latifa, Mary J Blidge, Neeyo, and the young singer actress in the Dorothy lead role. What a splash!

In small towns across America to the urban metropolis arena, people are cruising into December’s classic Christmas stories and Kwanzaa festivities with remarkable familiarity.  It’s a great time to be a jazz musician too for the clubs will see good ticket sales and jazz fans are good to the house.

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The first black computer symposium in America.

Foreword:
Hi, I’m a digitalPlumbing history buff and member of the African American Museums Association and Boston’s Museum of African American History.  Topics here may reflect what that means. I’ve been fortunate to be on the scene when blacks were first getting mounted on the Information Superhighway which is what the symposium of 1994 was about. But before that, blacks were making strides inventing software – BlackSoftware.  I filed a full report about the evolution of Blacksoftware and our work on growing onto the internet in a piece titled Black inventions along the internet.

I feel the story that follows predicted a Black Twitter and a Black Internet population would emerge. Hip Hop went mainstream before then.  It has been 21 years since  the first African American Computer Symposium was held.  And now the Black Internet is the measuring stick driving Empire and Scandal like TV show ratings through the roof.  Watch how the Black Internet of 2015 will deal with social justice, the inequalities and a boycott planned against spending for Santa Claus and Black Friday.  Its going to be interesting!


 

An Interactive Niagara Movement 

When the president (Clinton) emphasized in his State of the Union address that the “information highway” was paved with good intentions, he neglected to note the potential detours and dead-ends that could lead the have-nots of today to become the know-nots of tomorrow.

To forestall such a result, American Visions called for a national African-American Computer Culture Symposium (“Want Ad for a Revolution,” October/November 1993 magazine article ). Those readers who accepted our invitation and that of the Congressional interactive niagara movementBlack Caucus Foundation to brainstorm on how we should participate in the multimedia computer age included university presidents and administrators, executives responsible for major African-American collections and archives, religious leaders, entrepreneurs, technicians, activist, elected official, librarians, system operators, schoolteachers, independent film producers and foundation executives.

We braved ice, snow and the lowest temperatures record for Washington, D. C., in 100 years to attend the January 1994 Symposium.  And what an electrifying session it proved to be, resulting in a multifaceted commitment to participate in the coming multimedia computer age by any means necessary.

Keeping a steady place from the morning to night, participants reviewed emergent technologies, corporate players and government policies, as well as the demographic reality of our marginal cybernetic presence to date.  All of the Symposium’s speakers shared one trait: a depth of expertise and a burning commitment to change the way information science can be linked to problems’ solutions.  Written background materials included the detailed policy concerns American Visions magazine and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, as well as descriptions of a broad range of interactive innovations for business, political organizing, distance teaching, entertainment, networking, travel and shopping.

The revelations of the Symposium were that just because something is complex, it need not be confusing, and that enlightened self-interest requires that we choose proactive planning over after-the-fact complaints.

It was agreed to establish a Symposium working committees to plan three days of workshops and industry demonstrations for a major national expo on computer culture. The following subject areas were proposed for sessions at the expo: (1) new technologies, (2) education, (3) labor market effects and opportunities, (4) business options and necessities, (5) cultural institutions, (6) entertainment and sports, (7) networks and bulletin boards, and (8) telecommunications governance, regulations and democracy. I welcome additional volunteers to identify speakers, panelists, demonstrations and handouts, as well as proposed goals and timetables for community action.

We who were the victims of the technology revolution in agriculture and who were ignored by the Industrial Revolution can not afford to be bypassed by the multimedia communication revolution inherent in the emerging information super highway. We must mobilize not just our personal energies, but those of any and all organizations and institutions in which we participate, to avoid our continuing characterization, lamented by W.E.B. Du Bois, as an “after though of modernity.”

We  must seize the time between now ( 1994 ) and the 21st century to prepare our children and ourselves not only to survive, but to prevail in the information age just as the Niagara Movement resolved to ensure the fuller social participation early in the 20th century.  The issues of access and inclusion are the same only now they’re dressed in new technological clothing.”

(c) 1994, American Visions magazine

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