66 episodes

Join Deena McKay as she shares the authentic stories of Blacks in the tech. Not only will you learn their stories, but you'll also learn about their successes, failures, resources and most importantly the skills you need in your toolkit to be successful. Each episode is meant to inspire, motivate, and empower those in tech or looking to get into the industry.

Black Tech Unplugged Black Tech Unplugged by Deena McKay

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 83 Ratings

Join Deena McKay as she shares the authentic stories of Blacks in the tech. Not only will you learn their stories, but you'll also learn about their successes, failures, resources and most importantly the skills you need in your toolkit to be successful. Each episode is meant to inspire, motivate, and empower those in tech or looking to get into the industry.

    (Ep. 064) Stay Safe, Stay Informed: Joe Miller Unplugged

    (Ep. 064) Stay Safe, Stay Informed: Joe Miller Unplugged

    Misinformation on the internet is running rampant like never before. But we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from spreading it like wildfire.

    Guest 064 of the podcast, Joe Miller, discusses how we can combat against misinformation in the digital age. He also discusses how we can protect ourselves online as well as how we can get involved in creating policies in tech to protect our rights.

    Sponsor for this episode | BPTN
    Check out their event, BFUTR, on October 19th-21st in Toronto | https://app.obsidi.com/summit/b9047f9e-bd55-4480-9234-d47d724dd1e8

    Connect with Joe Miller:
    • Website | https://www.washingtech.org/
    • Twitter | https://twitter.com/joemillerjd
    • Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/joemillerjd/
    • Linkedin | https://www.linkedin.com/in/joemillerjd/


    Join the BTU community:
    • Twitter | twitter.com/blktechunplged
    • Instagram | instagram.com/blacktechunplugged
    • Facebook |facebook.com/blacktechunplugged
    • Linkedin | www.linkedin.com/blacktechunplugged
    • Email | blacktechunplugged@gmail.com


    Connect with Deena for Career Coaching:
    • https://calendly.com/deena-m-mckay/15min

    Find full show notes with linked resources from the episode |

    • 37 min
    (Ep. 063) She's in CTRL: Anne-Marie Imafidon Unplugged

    (Ep. 063) She's in CTRL: Anne-Marie Imafidon Unplugged

    Never in my life did I think I'd actually talk to a child protege let alone interview them.

    Meet Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon, protege, keynote speaker, creator of the award-winning social enterprise, Stemettes, and author.

    On episode 063, Anne-Marie and I discuss her journey as a child protege, why internships are important and how to get the most out of them, and most importantly her new book, She's in CTRL.

    Buy her book here | https://aimafidon.com/books/

    Sponsor for this episode | BPTN
    Check out their event, BFUTR, on October 19th-21st in Toronto | https://app.obsidi.com/summit/b9047f9e-bd55-4480-9234-d47d724dd1e8

    Connect with Anne-Marie:
    • Website | https://aimafidon.com/books/
    • Twitter | https://twitter.com/aimafidon
    • Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/notyouraverageami
    • Linkedin | https://www.linkedin.com/in/aimafidon


    Join the BTU community:
    • Twitter | twitter.com/blktechunplged
    • Instagram | instagram.com/blacktechunplugged
    • Facebook |facebook.com/blacktechunplugged
    • Linkedin | www.linkedin.com/blacktechunplugged
    • Email | blacktechunplugged@gmail.com


    Connect with Deena for Career Coaching:
    • https://calendly.com/deena-m-mckay/15min

    Find full show notes with linked resources from the episode | https://blacktechunplugged.com/2022/09/08/ep-063-anne-marie-imafidon-unplugged/

    • 50 min
    (Ep. 062) If You Don't Like Something Build Something Else: Grace MacJones Unplugged

    (Ep. 062) If You Don't Like Something Build Something Else: Grace MacJones Unplugged

    Grace MacJones has made it her mission to demystify tech for people. And on this episode she does just that!

    On episode 062 of the podcast, Grace and I delve into the deep world of web3 and what that means for our future. Listen and learn about web3 resources, why decentralized social media apps could be the future, and how you can jump in at the early adopters stage.

    Find full show notes with linked resources from the episode: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2022/08/25/ep-062-grace-macjones-unplugged/

    Sponsor for this episode:
    • BPTN. Check out their event on October 19th-21st in Toronto (https://app.obsidi.com/summit/b9047f9e-bd55-4480-9234-d47d724dd1e8)


    Connect with Grace:
    • https://www.techunlocked.co
    • https://twitter.com/GraceMacjones
    • https://www.instagram.com/gracemacjonez/
    • https://www.linkedin.com/in/gracemacjones/
    • https://www.tiktok.com/@gracemacjones


    Join the BTU community:
    • Twitter: twitter.com/blktechunplged
    • Instagram: instagram.com/blacktechunplugged
    • Facebook: facebook.com/blacktechunplugged
    • Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/blacktechunplugged
    • Email: blacktechunplugged@gmail.com


    Connect with Deena for Career Coaching:
    • https://calendly.com/deena-m-mckay/15min

    • 52 min
    (Ep. 061) Sometimes your 100% is Someone's 120%: Senongo Akpem Unplugged

    (Ep. 061) Sometimes your 100% is Someone's 120%: Senongo Akpem Unplugged

    This man sent out his resume 131 times before getting a job as a designer in tech.

    This same man is now a Director at Nava, a civ tech organization based in Washington DC.

    On episode 061 you get to meet Senongo Akpem. A man who took has taken is worldly experiences and creates visual magic.

    On this episode we discuss:
    - his long journey to get into tech following a stint in Japan
    - different designer roles you can pursue
    - why inclusivity in the designer space is key to producing great products

    Full show notes for this episode are available at: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2022/08/11/ep-061-senongo-akpem-unplugged/

    Connect with Deena for Career Coaching: https://calendly.com/deena-m-mckay/15min

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    Connect with Senongo:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/senongoakpem/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/senongo
    Website: https://senongo.net/
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    Stay Connected with Black Tech Unplugged:
    Twitter: twitter.com/blktechunplged
    Instagram: instagram.com/blacktechunplugged
    Facebook: facebook.com/blacktechunplugged
    Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/blacktechunplugged
    Email: blacktechunplugged@gmail.com

    • 43 min
    (Ep. 060) Ask All the Questions: Jennifer Opal Unplugged

    (Ep. 060) Ask All the Questions: Jennifer Opal Unplugged

    Asking questions and staying curious can be a game changer for your career. Just ask Jennifer Opal, the UK sensation that was winner of the Tech Women 100 Award, named a Rising Star in Tech, and is a keynote speaker at some of your favorite conferences.

    On this episode we discuss:
    - her role as DevOps Engineer at Dropbox
    - Being neurodivergent in tech and how you can support a neurodivergent team member
    - Her experience as being the "only one" and how that led to anxiety
    - Tokenism in the workplace (because it still exists!)

    Full show notes for this episode: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2022/07/28/ep-060-jennifer-opal-unplugged/

    Connect with Deena for Career Coaching: https://calendly.com/deena-m-mckay/15min

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    Connect with Jennifer:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferopal/
    Polywork: https://www.polywork.com/jenniferopal
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/_jenniferopal
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@_jenniferopal
    Website: https://www.jenniferopal.com/
    Blog: https://www.theopalblog.com/
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    Stay Connected with Black Tech Unplugged:
    Twitter: twitter.com/blktechunplged
    Instagram: instagram.com/blacktechunplugged
    Facebook: facebook.com/blacktechunplugged
    Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/blacktechunplugged
    Email: blacktechunplugged@gmail.com

    • 49 min
    Ep. 059: By Any Means Necessary: Jermaine Murray Unplugged

    Ep. 059: By Any Means Necessary: Jermaine Murray Unplugged

    Jermaine will get you an offer you can’t refuse.

    Yes, you are meeting the JobFather.

    On episode 059 of the podcast I talk to Jermaine Murray about his role as CEO of JupiterHR, his career coaching and tech career placement firm that’s helping increase the number of Blacks in tech.

    Also in this episode we discuss:

    - how Jermaine transitioned into tech
    - helpful resume tips that you can use right now
    - why Toronto is one of the biggest tech hub today


    Full show notes for this episode: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2022/07/07/ep-059-jermaine-murray-unplugged/

    Connect with Deena for Career Coaching: https://calendly.com/deena-m-mckay/15min

    Connect with Jermaine:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/jermainejupiter
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jermainelmurray
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    Stay Connected with Black Tech Unplugged:
    Twitter: twitter.com/blktechunplged
    Instagram: instagram.com/blacktechunplugged
    Facebook: facebook.com/blacktechunplugged
    Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/blacktechunplugged
    Email: blacktechunplugged@gmail.com

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

DezCowboy ,

Great guests and useful conversations

Black Tech Unplugged is an awesome podcast highlighting some very cool people in tech. It shows the diversity of various tech careers and the stories behind the person. The conversations are very engaging and informative. Deena is great at interviewing. This is a must listen for everyone especially if you are black in tech.

sullysullenburger ,

Great Advice

Just listened to the most recent episode, and loved hearing Deena talk about the value of certifications. This is great advice, and looking forward to hearing more from Deena and her guests in 2022!

Mtkornegay ,

All love

Been listening for several years now. Definitely aware everyone has priorities but I always find myself yearning for more episodes of probably one of the most informative podcast out right now. But I understand and just go back through my past episodes to catch any bit of information I may have missed. Love this podcast keep pushing!!🔥❤️

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