My Quest To Teach

November 19, 2018

STEAM and KidsCamp 2018 Orlando Florida

KidsCamp 2018 Orlando Florida
STEAM and Why It Should Be In KidsCamp at WordCamp Conferences

KidsCamp Orlando Florida 2018 
Lead Organizer William Jackson and Co-Organizer Aida Correa

KidsCamp at WordCamp 2018


The story continues in the next KidsCamp in 2019
KidsCamp Jacksonville Florida June 2019

October 12, 2018

Bringing Diversity into Technology Careers

William Jackson 2018

Bringing Diversity into Technology Careers, Being Black and Employed
William Jackson, WordCamp speaker, volunteer,
organizer, blogger, sponsor and advocate

National data by Labour and Statistics shows that
People of Color are majoring in computer science,
web development, growing in coding and even game
design. The challenge for People of Color is
finding employment with companies that say they
need talented, qualified and passionate people
of diversity.

Companies nationally fail to look in the right
place like the 100 HBCUs nationally that are
accredited and thriving. HBCUs have the talented
young people that can address the technological
challenges that will be faced in the future. The
truth is that the Unites States does not have the
ability to face all the challenges it faces
nationally and globally with cyber-security, web
development, coding and other areas of technological

Factual data in 2014 showed numbers that some
Social Media sites have several thousand employees,
the number of minorities or People of Color is
minimal. There are complaints against companies
in Silicon Valley and across the nation that People
of Color are not even considered for tech jobs even
if they are qualified and experienced.

Contradictory graduation data from HBCUs says there
is an increased number of graduates with degrees by
Blacks and Hispanics tells a different story from
companies that say there are too few graduating with
degrees in STEM, STEAM, and even STREAM.

National data from sites such as HBCU Connect and
HBCUBuzz shows opportunities are there and that
entrepreneurs are running their own businesses show
that tech skills are being learned, developed, and
adapated by People of Color. As a past STREAM
educator at a Title One and Magnet elementary school
and a past technology instructor at the historic
Edward Waters College, students are excited about
the opportunities to learn all there is to learn in
tech, but companies are not willing to diversify
their work-forces. Companies make very little
investment in HBCUs not seeing the value of these

Data from Computing Research Association shows that
4.1% of Bachelor degrees in tech areas were earned
by Blacks and many gained experience to apply their
learning from internships and being entrepreneurs
at HBCU institutions.

The biggest numbers were of Hispanics at 7.7% of
degrees, if you look at cities like Miami, Florida
there are tech conferences exclusively by and for
Hispanics / Latinos, in Texas the same holds true.
In California alone Hispanic tech firms have grown
several percentages fueled by entrepreneurs again.
They may be owned by individuals and families, their
contributions are important to
commerce, trade and sharing technical knowledge.

The increase in collaboration with Hispanics shows
there is a need be filled. So instead of looking
at larger companies that ignore People of Color,
companies that focus on diversity are being started
to fill that need. Hispanics are the fastest growing
demographic in tech companies with women leading.

African Americans are slowly building the growing
infrastructure for creating tech companies headed by
BLERDS (Black Nerds), this is a slow process because
of the lack of corporate role models, internships
and opportunities for real world work and exposure.

Professor Jackson and students from Edward Waters College

Professor Jackson (left) and students from Edward Waters College

That does not mean African Americans are not
influential, they are, but through the confines
of being employed by others and not having the
flexibility or decision making power. Large tech
companies seem so impersonal and do not show
they embrace diversity even though they say they
do. The overall workforce of Blacks makeup 13
percent of tech employers and Hispanics are at
16 percent as found in “Diversity,” the Miami
Times July 2015.

Even though many technology companies claim they
can’t find talent Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push
Coalition says, “companies are not looking in
the right place.” 2014 The other issue is that
non-tech areas are also lacking diversity which
tells a lot about hiring practices.

These practices for filling vacant positions are not
aggressive enough so positions go unfilled or combined
with several departments or individuals. Preventing
opportunities that People of Color can fill.
More youth, teens and young adults are entering into
the tech industry not to just make money, because
they love the professional and social opportunities.
The challenges of specific skill-sets, those that are
in the high end mathematics areas that address
algorithms and interpretation of data. Just as
in Hidden Figures, those with an aptitude for
math are like gold.

This information should help HBCUs adapt their curriculum’s
to teach specific skills so the pipeline from student
to graduate to employee is consistent. Many companies
smaller than Google, IBM and Intel are looking for diversity,
but need to have diversity training to make sure everyone
understands that diversity makes a company more competitive
and attractive to global commerce.
Culture does matter in the technology industry, reading
the article by Cecila King and Todd C. Frankil in The
Washington Post July 22-28 2015.

There are companies like “Yes We Code” a group that
is working to teach 100,00 low income people to write
computer code to be employable and there are others
in many cities. Googling for them helps kids grow
interest in new careers.

One challenge for People of Color is venture-investment
where companies that are mainly white invest in new
companies, but this works by word of mouth and networking.
If People of Color are not at the tables of dialogue and
decision making they miss out, they will only get scrapes
if at the most that. This is another reason why People
of Color need to attend conferences, meetups and workshops.
This is why I take students to FlBlogCon, WordCamp, Bar Camp
and EdCamp conferences in Florida and other states.

Through growing collaborationist HBCUs are encouraging big
companies to offer internships, mentors and even those
that want to work on HBCU campuses to show how the
procees works. HBCU counselors must build relationships
with companies so they can have a foundation that HBCU
students are eager to work with companies and that
HBCUs produce a quality product in its students.

It all starts before the student gets to an HBCU by
having the infrastructure in place and ready to receive
the student. Students of color and culture are looking
to 21st century jobs that allow for growth and the
challenge of critical and higher order thinking. The
challenge is companies seeing the value of PofC and
their contributions to building diversity in their

HBCU Connect –
HBCUBuzz –
Black In Tech Business
Spot Light On Black Tech
What is behind Black Unemployment


September 29, 2018

21 Reasons Your Content Should Be Great After FlBlogCon











21 Reasons Your Content Should Be Great After FlBlogCon
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
FlBlogCon Education Speaker 2014

Being great on Social Media is not a thing of chance,
it is the ability to be comfortable in your digital
life as a content creator, digital innovator, thought
leader, graphic artist or even a web developer.

It means that it is ok to have fun on the web and to
integrate yourself into your product even on a digital
level. Too many people lose the excitement of creating
content that will be read, viewed, studied, listened to
and watched. Your audience changes as access and
platforms change, so why not be flexible and adaptable
and fun.

Providing something that brings people to you so you can
teach, preach, inspire, encourage and engage. It takes
work to create great content, so the value comes in the
quality not the quantity of your content. In my over
10 years as a blogger I try to meet the needs of my
readers not just my need to write.

SEO (Search Engine Optomization) is not just the ticket
to get exposure and followers. To get more views or likes,
WOM or Word of Mouth is still important and should always
be a viable strategy to build your Brand. Search Engine
Optimization is computer based, technology cannot always
build relationships. Building relationships is the key
to building and developing a consistent following.

There is a great deal of work, blood, sweat and I’m sure even
tears that goes into making this conference one of the best
conferences and experiences a person can have. The energy is
phenomenal and the access to talented, creative and innovative
people is not by chance. Bess Auer and her team has strategically
planned, mapped and coordinated this conference to meet the needs
of about 500 if not more attendees. The speakers are not just
nationally known they are internationally known and respected.

Attending FlBlogCon is not just a moment of a day, it is a
movement of technological empowerment, engagement and
collaboration that will inspire, excite, motivate and help embrace
digital tools that are current and futuristic. There will be many
opportunities to learn how to apply and integrate immediately
the use of tools, platforms, ideas, and concepts that build
digital innovation in multiple ways from business, education,
the arts, science and even in the areas of STEAM and STREAM.

As a FlBlogCon attendant since 2013 here are my
“21 Reasons Your Content Should Be Great after Attending FlBlogCon.”

1. FlBlogCon allow you to attract diverse readers and viewers.
Embracing diversity is a plus because people connect with
what they relate to, fills their needs and is relevant.
2. Most viewers will be women because women are the fastest
growing demographic building online businesses.
This means women of all colors, cultures, ages and generational
backgrounds are potential thought and digital leaders.
3. If you want a broad spectrum of followers visual
appeal is very important. Make sure you integrate dynamic colors,
coordination and attractiveness.
4.International markets look to promote content that make a
connection. FlBlogCon has international appeal and influence
in national and international views.
5.If your looking to monetize your content expand your Brand
to new markets that provide unique services.
6. One person cannot do it all so be ready to hire people with
dynamic skills.
7. Use video, Instagram and Twitter to share and expand your reach.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with photos, video and text content.
8. Submit to speak at FlBlogCon and attend Meetups, workshops,
seminars and other venues. WordCamps, Bar Camps, EdCamps (for educators)
and other tech conferences allow for dynamic networking.
9. Always have business cards available, make sure there is a
current photo of yourself and have your “elevator pitch” ready.
10. Hire a graphic artist to create your logo. People are visual
use that to your advantage. Don”t be cheap on magnifying your image.
11. Be a sponsor and promoter of FlBlogCon. Share the conference on
your Social Media platforms and use your tools to show what you are
learning and importantly how to apply that knowledge.
12. Join the Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau,
get out and get involved in the community you service.
13. Be a speaker on talk shows, Podcasts to share your knowledge.
Give back to the same community you market to, don’t always take.
14. Start your own Podcast with guests.
15. See where you can help your church of ministry with their
connectivity and content.
16. Take a Social Media class yourself and build your knowledge.
17. Offer Social Media classes with certificates when completed.
18. Keep your profiles current, relevant and diverse. Who are you
associated with, who are you photographed with and who is in a
business that can help you grow.
19. Encourage, inspire and meet new people. Being an introvert is
not beneficial any more.
20. Embrace diversity in your company and your associations.
21. Network – Network – Network

William Jackson Resources about FlBlogCon
William Jackson Speaking at
FlBlogCon 2014

Blogs by Wm Jackson about FlBlogCon

FlBlogCon EDU Conference Guide

Want To Be A Cool Blogger, Then Attend FlBlogCon

EWC and DCPS Students Attend FlBlogCon in Orlando, Florida

HBCU Students Attend Florida Blogging Conference To Learn About Career Growth



September 5, 2018

Impact Biz Jax – Building and Encouraging Business Ownership and Entrepreneurialism

Impact Biz Jax – Building and Encouraging Business Ownership and Entrepreneurialism
William Jackson and Aida Correa

#ImpactBizJax What a great event for business owners, artists,
entrepreneurials, dreamers, college students, youth, teens and
young adults to gather together in celebration of business dreaming,
building financial stability, growth and development and building a
stronger Brand.
Creating generational wealth for families.
The opportunity to interact with, speak with, engage with, potentially
collaborate with and share ideas and best practices related to business
empowers business owners and establishes their value in the
communities they serve.
Participating in In the Small Biz Chats, strategic networking,
Pitch Contest, and shopping with small business owners created an
excitement that this event would expand in the future for Jacksonville’s
small business and diverse community.

Aida Correa of #LoveBuiltLife, owning multiple businesses for several
years, shares that it was a great experience and a great opportunity
for the vendors (like her) who could share their talents and skills in a
welcoming and encouraging environment and to sell their products,
learn how to improve inventory, marketing and building strong Brands.
The atmosphere was friendly, welcoming and seeing so many
businesses was encouraging as a woman business owner, stated
Ms. Correa.

Participating in the “Pitch Competition” was a wonderful opportunity
to show how important it is to define your Brand as a business and
share its’ viability and growth potential.
Ms. Correa a national WordCamp speaker, poet, artist, web developer
and community volunteer stated strongly, the “pitch competition,” a do
or die moment that showed that you believe in yourself and your business
or you don’t.
The diversity of the event showed that diversity does matter economically,
culturally and socially. Many business owners proudly stated their heritage,
Latina, Haitian, African American, Hispanic, Latino and other cultures
attending brought a flavor of social growth and community unity.
The youth, teens and young adults attending saw people that looked
like they do provide encouragement and visual/mental validation their
abilities to dream of being a business owner and not just a consumer.

Edward Waters College was represented with the involvement of one of
her own students who earned a cash prize for his business. This shows
that particularly EWC students should be and need to be involved in future
business events to learn the soft-skills, higher order and critical thinking
necessary to be a business owner.
The concern is there was very little participation from EWC
business students who will be competing for jobs with students
attending UNF, JU and other higher education institutions. If EWC
students are to be competitive they must be involved in events
like these to acquire skills and valuable networking practice.

“I personally loved that Impact Biz Jax was able to provide a
$500 New Town Success Zone Small Business Grant for a
student at Edward Waters College sponsored by the Jax Chamber
and Chase Bank. For me, as a Higher Education Consultant, young
adults are the heartbeat of our community and they need financial
support, professional skills training, and career guidance to live
up to their full potential.

Impact Biz Jax is a relevant resource that provided funding and
invaluable connections.” Lequita Brooks, LCSW

William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach, past instructor at EWC
taught Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
shared that, classroom instruction cannot truly “teach” what
can to be learned from engagement, mentoring, interactivity
and gaining wisdom from those that have gone through the
fire and rain of fulfilling a dream of being a business
owner. “EWC students need to be involved, engaged and active
if they want to compete in highly competitive business and tech
careers. If they want to make changes in the community they live
in or be prepared to be a thought leaders or agents of community
change they need exposure outside of the classroom.”

George Maxey, Executive Director of New Town Success Zone
arrived to the cheers of the audience because of his continued
encouragement of business ownership with New Town Success
Zone and Vision Keepers.

The availability of engagement and providing resources and
chances for collaboration in the community. There is always the
need for volunteers for New Town Success Zone and Vision
Keepers. Improvement in the community must come from within
the community not from outside.

The Economic Development Sub-committee managed by Wiline
Dennis has monthly meetings to support business development
within the New Town area. This includes credit building, access
to grants, networking, capital for funding, counseling and other
services needed to start, build and maintain a business.

Minority business owners have resources that are for them to
establish a consistent business for growth and building capital.
More events will be made available in the future so the
community must stay active and engaged in Impact Biz Jax
and New Town Success Zone / Vision Keepers.

The Pitch
William Jackson’s Pitch My Quest To Teach
Aida Correa’s Pitch Love Built Life

Photos and video can be found at the links below.
Impact Jax Resources:
New Town Success Zone and Vision Keepers

Aida Correa Love Built Life
William Jackson My Quest To Teach

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