Below is a video of the author of the book I wrote an article about entitled ‘Perspectives on why black youth shy away from Computer Science.’I will see Dr. Margolis next week at the prestigious Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference in Portland, OR that I have been selected out of a pool of computer science students to attend. I will try to schedule an interview with her and post it on the site.

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Chinedu Echeruo

Chinedu Echeruo

I can remember a few years ago if I needed directions to somewhere I would go to mapquest.com like a lot of other people. The only problem is, quite a few times the directions that mapquest.com provided turned out not to be accurate at all. The frustration I experienced with mapquest caused me to search for alternatives and I begin using Google Maps or my GPS if I’m in the car! I also take that same approach when I need to catch a train or bus here in Chicago thanks to HopStop.com founded by Chinedu Echeruo.

Chinedu, a Harvard Business School graduate, built the site HopStop.com in 2005. HopStop is a city transit guide. The focus is on providing door-to-door subway and bus directions and maps for New York City, Chicago, London, to name a few. The site also allows you to search for places to eat, drink, sleep and see. HopStop receives a staggering 1.75 million visits and 10 million page views per month. Some of the cool technology the site offers include intergrated Web, SMS text messaging, and the ability to receive audio-based public transportation information.

Chinedu and the HopStop.com team continue to give misguided people in some of our major cities exactly what they need, directions. So, if you live in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, D.C or London, use HopStop.com as your city transit guide alternative. Even if you don’t live in one of these citites, help end the travel confusion of a friend or family member by directing them to HopStop.com.

Mikey Digital

Source: http://hopstop.com/


Sup Y’all!

Wanted to drop a line real quick to let everyone know that Black Digerati is undergoing a redesign. We encourage your feedback and any ideas you have that you believe can help the site serve you better. Either post a comment on the site or email the team at black.digerati@yahoo.com.

Mikey Digital


internetsummit1Tomorrow I will be attending the Second African American Internet Summit hosted by Target Market News in Chicago, IL. This summit brings together leading consumer marketers, ad agencies, Internet-based companies to examine how African-American consumers utilize the web for information and entertainment. The sessions cover a lot of different topics related to technology and media. For example, at 11am, Google’s Ad Agency Leader Don Moore presents the ‘Future of the Internet: A Google Perspective.’ This is my first time attending the summit so naturally I am very excited and looking forward to networking and learning how to push Black Digerati forward.

A few of the other notable companies in attendance this year include Rushmoredrive.com, Ebonyjet.com, HBCU Connect.com, and InteractiveOne.com. I plan on twittering throughout the event, so please make sure you check for updates at  http://twitter.com/blackdigerati.

Mikey Digital


It is official everyone! You can now follow Black Digerati on Twitter. The URL is http://twitter.com/blackdigerati.

Mikey Digital


Prominent Advertising Resource Adweek recently reported that the African-American Internet population reflects the highest percentage of young people in the general African-American community. The younger generation (18 and under) of African-Americans represent 71% of this population. It goes on to point out that this group of young people is more likely than white Americans to surf the Internet via a mobile phone. This is excellent news given the research I just read by Professor Eszter Hargittai at Northwestern, whose recent research found that African-Americans exhibit lower levels of know-how when it comes to overall Internet skills. In other words, she is saying that African-Americans have access to the Internet and mobile phones, however we lack the knowledge and skills needed to find content on the web. I will post more about this research real soon. 

Mikey Digital

Source: African-American Buying Power Rises, per eMarketer


logoDuring Black History month, Black Enterprise wrote a short series on the top African-Americans in Technology, which ties in nicely with the ‘Masters of Innovation’ theme in their March 2009 issue. I applaud Black Enterprise for continuing to shine the light on another untold part of our history past and present. The series begins with the gifted Donya Douglas, who is an Instrument Systems Branch executive at NASA. To conclude the short series, articles were written on Ajamu Wesley, Senior Software Architect at IBM and Reginald Smith, Molecular Biologist at General Electric.

I picked up the March 2009 issue of Black Enterprise and thought the ‘Masters of Innovation’ article was well written. Next week I will upload a scanned pdf copy of the entire article. I was already aware of many of the men and women in the article. One person in particular is Gregory Evans who is the founder of LIGATT Security and the Technology Crimes Institute. When I first got into Information Security about two years ago, I remember viewing a PBS documentary called ‘Cyber War!’ and watching Gregory Evans in one segment discussing the process hackers go through to crack wi-fi passwords. Gregory was passionate and extremely knowledgeable. Being new in the area of Information Security, it felt great to see another African-American already thriving in the field.

Mikey Digital