3-23-12: Start Me Up

March 23, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Christine Celise Johnson. Photo from inthecapital.com.

Tomorrow, two national technology stars will be at MICA for an event called InSquared. Tara Hunt has been called one of the most influential women in technology. Baratunde Thurston is the director of digital for The Onion and the author of How to Be Black.

It’s no coincidence that the main attractions are an African-American and a woman. InSquared is short for “Inclusive Innovation.” Our guest this morning, Christine Celise Johnson, started a company called Diversitech specifically to bring more women and minorities into the technology world. She also helped organize InSquared.

InSquared takes place tomorrow at MICA’s Brown Center from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Everything you need is at the InSquared website. Featured speakers are Tara Hunt and Baratunde Thurston. The event was organized by the Greater Baltimore Technology Council.

Listen to the on-air conversation here:

Our apologies to Baratunde Thurston for mispronouncing his name during this live broadcast this morning.

There’s also been some criticism in the Twitterverse about the appropriateness of the intro to this segment. Here’s the actual intro that Sheilah read on air:

Tomorrow, two national technology stars will be at MICA for an event called InSquared. Tara Hunt has been called one of the most influential women in technology. Baratunde Thurston is the director of digital for The Onion and the author of How to Be Black.

It’s no coincidence that the main attractions are an African-American and a woman. InSquared is short for Inclusive Innovation.

Our guest this morning, Christine Johnson, started a company called Diversitech specifically to bring more women and minorities into the technology world. She also helped organize InSquared. Christine, welcome.

One listener heard the middle paragraph as “It’s no wonder the main attractions are a woman and a black.”

Our point with “no coincidence” was that it’s not random at all that the two people InSquared booked as the main speakers are a woman and an African-American. The organizers of InSquared want to “inspire and equip people of all backgrounds to join the innovation economy,” and “to ensure that our innovation community is open to all, and we are making a particular effort to reach out to women, African Americans, Latinos, and other underrepresented groups,” and our guest started Diversitech “in response to an outcry for greater depth of inclusion for those of diverse populations within the larger tech community.”

Please feel free to continue the conversation below in the comments or call our senior producer (and the author of that intro) Lawrence Lanahan with any questions at 410-735-1612.

Thanks,
The Maryland Morning Crew

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