For the past 12 months, the Umoja Group has served as the coordinator of Data Jam which was created at Georgetown University and in partnership with the Department of Education to take advantage of President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative (MBK). After deliberating for the past six months what direction we would like to lead this Meet-up Group in, the concept and strategy was born out of my role with N&C, Inc and the project we launched using IBM/Watson’s cognitive computing systems to develop disruptive solutions in the regulatory space. As part of my firms launching of the Digital Baltimore campaign to create a cognitive computing hub for the nation by attracting new Tech Firms to Baltimore. These firms will boost the economy, create a new environment for developing human capital which means training people for the jobs that the tech industry will need for these firms to thrive.
Our Meet-ups for the remainder of the year will be held at the Emerging Technology Center’s Haven Campus in Baltimore. I will notify everyone this month on upcoming calendar of events, updates and Meetups. If you would like more information on our program please contact us through the messaging system.
We have partnered with Amazon Web Services to develop a series of applications through our S.T.E.M. Program. This partnership gives us access to 21 different platforms offered by AWS including cloud services and storage. Their services will allow us to build a Big Data content hub as well as create and deploy cognitive computing systems and solutions.
As initially announced at the formation of this meetup we will continue bringing together groups of practitioners, experts, researchers, students, and educators to get their input on how best to design this series of convenings such that they are impactful. We hope to convene a diverse group of stakeholders to these MBK events and would greatly appreciate your sharing this event with anyone you think might be able to provide a unique perspective or add value (be it through expertise, past experiences, or a current skillset).