Ras Pi’s and Robots – Hacking the Hardware

Ras PI and Robots

By Greg Greenlee 1 Comment

Within the past year there seems to be an uptick of organizations focused on teaching underrepresented groups how to program. Organizations like Blacks Girls Code, Yeswecode, Hidden Genius Project and Code2040, just to name a few. But when it comes to the hardware side of things that sector seems to be left out in the “code”. Let’s face it, electrical engineering, building hardware,  just isn’t as glamorous as coding at this point. I mean everyone seems to know about Steve Jobs, but what about Steve Wozniak, the programmer/electrical engineer/inventor, who actually built the first Apple computer?

Even with the advent of Raspberry Pi’s, the credit card sized computers that not only gives you a complete compute environment but also allows you to build upon it’s platform to create new hardware, it seems we still haven’t given this aspect of technology as much focus as others.  Google, a company more well known for it’s software than hardware,  is  moving more and more into this space with it’s recent acquisition of  Boston Dynamics, a robotics company.

So what’s going on with the hardware side of things? What can we do to engage, how do we use it to benefit the African American community and how it is going to affect our future?

As always Blacks In Technology is dedicated to shining a spotlight on the talented people in technology within our community and this week we will be speaking with two “hardware hackers”, engineers who have a love and passion for inventing,  building and creating hardware tech. 

Join us this Thursday, January 30th as we bring you another exciting episode of the #BITTechTalks.

Event Title: #BITTechTalk: Ras Pi’s and Robots – Hacking the Hardware

Where: #BITTechTalk Channel on Spreaker or RSVP on Facebook
Thursday, Jan 30th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm EST
Description: Join us for our Panel & Podcast where we are joined by two hardware hackers to talk about their experience
Special Guests:

  • Dr. Andrew Williams (Professor at Marquette University)
    • Andrew B. Williams is professor and distinguished chair in electrical and computer engineering at Marquette University, where he directs the Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics (HEIR) Lab. Williams founded the Spelman College SpelBots international RoboCup robot soccer team and is a former senior engineering diversity manager at Apple Inc.  He is author of “Out of the Box: Building Robots, Transforming Lives”.
  • Dawn C. Hayes (Coollabs)
    • Dawn C. Hayes tinkers, educates and explores emergent media arts and technology as facilitators of public engagement. She runs a startup, COOL Labs and shares quirky tidbits as an adjunct instructor at York College and Queensborough Community College. She is committed to the exploration of the intersection of community interaction design, informal learning and innovation literacy. Dawn holds a bachelors degree from Muskingum College and has pursued post-graduate studies at Columbia University and NYU.


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Greg Greenlee

Greg Greenlee is the Owner and Founder of the BIT Tech Digest and the Blacks In Technology organization and community site. He is a Systems Engineer and a self-taught technology guru. He has spent over 13+ years in the Information Technology field with experience in networking, IT security, systems administration, virtualization/cloud computing, and storage administration. He began his career as a technical support analyst for a local ISP while attending school part time and doing lots of self-studying. He has obtained several industry recognized certifications including his CCNA Security certification, as well a degree in Computer Network Engineering. His love for technology is only surpassed by his desire to create change within the black culture with regards to technology. This is why Greg founded the Blacks In Technology Community site and the BIT Tech Digest. His ultimate vision is to create an online technology hub for the black technologist where knowledge and experiences can be shared, news and information can be obtained, relationships can be forged, and a community can grow.

  • Henry A. McKelvey

    This was a very informative podcast. In fact Dawn helped me solve a problem I was right on the show as a result of a question I had sent in. (Talk about your quick responses). I would like to see more of this kind of interview, perhaps with some live demonstrations (do I hear the request for a video podcast?). In any event good going!