Think Carrie Bradshaw of Tech. Produced by MediaWorks Studios.
Think Carrie Bradshaw of Tech. Produced by MediaWorks Studios.
Episode 14: Black Boys Code Launches Windsor Chapter
Despite its size and steady growth, Canada’s technology sector has a disappointing track record on workforce inclusion. Research by the Brookfield Institute revealed substantial gaps in terms of who works in, who benefits from and who makes decisions in the tech sector.South of our border, Black tech workers make up only 9.3 per cent of the industry. At major organizations like Google, black employees comprise around 4 percent to 5 percent of the workforce. In 2018, a U.S. study found just 1 per cent of venture-backed founders were black. In this episode of #TechInTheCity, Yvonne talks with Black Boys Code, a technology start-up that introduces young Black boys to the STEM disciplines with a focus on computer science. We talk about Black Boys Code's mission and national reach including their newest Chapter in Windsor, ON, how they hope to change the face of the tech world and ways that we can create a more colorful and diverse national and local tech community. Read Windsor Star article published on June 29, 2020. Episode Guest: Claudius Thomas, Tech Entrepreneur and Chapter Lead for the newly launched Windsor Chapter of Black Boys Code and Colin McClean, Program Manager at Black Boys Code.Follow Black Boys Code on Social Media at @BlackBoysCode. Links to Other Resources Mentioned in this Podcast:Black Boys Code Website: https://blackboyscode.ca/Black Boys Code Volunteer Information: https://blackboyscode.com/volunteer/Rocket Innovation Studio Careers: https://www.myrocketcareer.com/Who Are Canada's Tech Workers (Brookfield Institute): https://brookfieldinstitute.ca/wp-content/uploads/FINAL-Tech-Workers-ONLINE.pdf Windsor Research Project: Racial Data https://gingerpolitics.com/2020/06/16/windsor-research-project-racial-data/
Episode 13: How Amazon HQ2 Bid Sparked New Tech Opportunities for Windsor
In this episode of #TechInTheCity, Yvonne talks with mortgage industry leader, Bekim Merdita of Edison Financial, a new digital mortgage startup proudly based in Windsor, Ontario. We talk about Edison's partnership with Rock Holdings Inc., the parent company of Quicken Loans®, its mission to transform the Canadian Mortgage industry, COVID-19 impacts, job opportunities, and discuss the company’s "for-more-than profit impact” plan.Episode Guest: Bekim Merdita, VP of Market Development at Edison Financial. As a digital mortgage startup, Edison provides excellent customer service and a streamlined, modern experience to defy expectations of the Canadian mortgage industry. Using Lendesk Spotlight – a search platform that compiles all lender rates and policies into one place and updates it daily - Edison has industry-leading technology along with extensive knowledge of the Canadian mortgage process. Edison Financial will be located on the second floor of Rock Holdings’ Rocket Innovation Studio in downtown Windsor (156 Chatham St. W), formerly the Loop/Fish Market building. Follow Edison Financial on Social Media at @EdisonFinancial. Links to Other Resources Mentioned in this Podcast:Quicken Loans (Windsor Office) Photos and History: https://bit.ly/3fox5Rw Edison Financial Careers: https://edisonfinancial.ca/Rocket Innovation Studio Careers: https://www.myrocketcareer.com/
Episode 12: A YouTube A Day Keeps The Boredom Away
Stuck at home with the kids because of coronavirus? In this episode of #TechInTheCity, Yvonne talks with Mr. Maker, Chuck Stoffle, who has launched daily bite-size STEM YouTube challenges for homebound kids and parents. We talk makerspaces, tools and resources for parents and educators to support students' STEM learning during school closures and discuss how the global and local makers community is helping fight COVID-19. Episode Guest: Chuck Stoffle is an Educator and Maker who runs Windsor's Hetherington Elementary Makerspace. In May 2019, Chuck became one of the first teachers in Canada to be STEM certified by the American non-profit organization STEM.org that provides curriculum coaching and credentialing. Chuck is also an active mentor for the Robohawks, a FIRST Lego League (FLL) team that was assembled in 2018 which participates in the prestigious and global FIRST Robotics competition. Follow Chuck at @ChuckStoffle. Links to Other Resources Mentioned in this Podcast:Daily STEM Challenge YouTube: https://bit.ly/39pjwxt Workforce WindsorEssex Learn From Home Page: https://bit.ly/2vXWnVj Scholastic: https://cnn.it/39tUFZE Google VR Tours: https://tcrn.ch/2xAhDkkWindsor Public Library eCards: https://bit.ly/33SNRnfMakers Militia: https://bit.ly/2WQ73QO
Eposide 11: There's AI in Whisky Now?
Most people would not associate tech with whisky. In this episode of #TechInTheCity, Yvonne talks with The Mad Scientist of Whisky, Don Livermore, on the rise of technology and innovation in the whisky industry. We talk Windsor's distilling history, disrupting technologies and discuss what's being done to balance tradition with innovation and technology? Episode Guest: Don Livermore is a Master Blender; Canadian Whisky Blender of the Year 2019 & 2020; PhD Brewing & Distilling from Heriot-Watt; CDN Whisky of Year Pike Creek 21 Year Old. With over 20 years in the distilled spirits industry, he served in the quality and research and development of alcoholic beverages and has been responsible for Research and Development for Canada and the United States for Pernod Ricard. Follow Don at @CDNWhiskyDoc. This episode was produced by MediaWorks Studios.
Episode 10: Awe-Inspiring Black Female Entrepreneurs
In this impromptu episode of #TechInTheCity, Yvonne is joined by Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazers Sarah Jumah, Founder of StyleID and Innovate Inclusion, Naudia Banton (University of Windsor Alumni), Director of Operation at IntelliFLEX Innovation Alliance and Alana Arthur (University of Windsor Alumni), Owner of Freedom Cycle and Global Marketing Manger at eSentire. Yvonne and guests talk getting more people of colour into tech and entrepreneurship, the success of the Kitchener-Waterloo community, stories of triumphs and failures, mentorship, Black History Month, and more.Innovate Inclusion, a not for profit that advocates for the success of underrepresented communities in technology and entrepreneurship. In May 2018, the organization released the Ontario Incubator Diversity Report, for which they conducted a scan of four leading Ontario government funded Incubators. Looking to recognize, study & celebrate the many cultural, scientific, political & economic contributions of Black people to the development of Windsor & Canada this #BlackHistoryMonth? Visit http://ow.ly/SlbR50yav2r for the 2020 Black History Month Activity Schedule.
Episode 9: Could Esports Become An Olympic Sport?
Right now, there are more people who watch esports than HBO, Netflix and ESPN combined. In this episode of #TechInTheCity, Yvonne talks with local esports expert and professor, Shaun Byrne, on the rise of esports in Windsor-Essex. We talk educational pathways, regional growth opportunities, answer common questions such as "Can my son/daughter really build a career by playing video game?" and discuss what's being done on campus and within the industry to help diversify the eSports field. Episode Guest: Shaun Byrne, Esports Director at St. Clair College. Shaun is tasked with the development, implementation and management of the Saints Gaming Collegiate Esports team at St. Clair College. Shaun also played a leadership role in developing and launching the Esports Administration and Entrepreneurship program at St. Clair College. Follow Shaun on Twitter at @TheEsportsProf. This episode was produced by MediaWorks Studios.