What is Blacks In Technology?
Blacks In Technology is a tech focused community and media organization focused on increasing diversity in technology. Blacks In Technology’s mission is to increase visibility, participation, and change the perception of people of African descent in technology through community focused activities, events and media. Blacks In Technology (BIT) is “Stomping the Divide” by establishing a blueprint of world class technical excellence and innovation by providing resources, guidance and issuing a challenge to our members to surpass the high mark and establish new standards of global innovation.
“Stomping the Divide”
The BIT Team
Greg Greenlee (Founder – Blacks In Technology)
Greg Greenlee is the Founder of the Blacks In Technology organization. He works as a Systems and Network Engineer and has spent over 15 years in the Information Technology field. His experience includes networking, IT security, systems administration, virtualization/cloud computing, and storage administration. He has obtained several industry recognized certifications including his CCNA Security certification, as well his degree in Computer Network Engineering. His love for technology is only surpassed by his desire to create change within the black community with regards to technology. This is why Greg founded the Blacks In Technology organization. His ultimate vision is to create an online technology hub where knowledge and experiences can be shared, news and information can be obtained, relationships can be forged, and a community can grow.
Jennifer Epperson is a passionate User Experience Designer with an affinity for user research, design, and content strategy. With a background in civil engineering and freelance writing, she is endlessly curious about the ways in which we interact with design.
Since trading the worlds of concrete and steel for boxes and arrows, Jennifer has created harmonious user experiences for web applications in the manufacturing, travel, cloud technology, and higher education industries. A Certified Usability Analyst by Human Factors International, she is as competent as she is passionate about helping businesses and customers achieve their end goals.
Jennifer believes in the power of good design to create business success and to satisfy and delight users. Good design will continue to elevate BIT by offering new and relevant user experiences that cultivate an inspiring environment for the BIT community.
Ayori Selassie (Advisor | Editor – Blacks In Technology | Product Manager salesforce.com | Founder, Intuitive Interactive | Founder/Exec Director, Pitch Mixer)
A self taught developer since age 11 and first founder at age 16, Ayori has spent her career in both startup and global corporate gigs like ABB Inc and Schneider Electric She spent the last 5 years at salesforce.com building business solutions for Human Resources and Customer Support Divisions, she also runs the Black Employee Network affinity group there. Her passion for startups led her to start Pitch Mixer Entrepreneur Forum (pitchmixer.com), which is a non-profit program to develop startup ecosystems in underserved communities such as her hometown, Oakland, CA. She run social media outreach for the Anita Borg Institute’s Black Women in Computing community which encourages women and girls to pursue studies in technology. Ayori mentored for TechWomen (U.S. Department of State initiative) and The Hidden Genius Project (which provides black boys with knowledge, skills and support to create technical jobs in the 21st century). Ayori is passionate about faith, education, mentoring and making the world a better place through communities of practice, friendship and love. Ayori’s latest passion inspired by her 7 year old daughter is designing video games for children with a business she co-founded, I tuitive Interactive, LLC.
Danielle P. Smith (Adviser – Blacks In Technology)
Dr. Smith is a Human Factors psychologist specializing in user research, marketresearch, and user experience design. Her academic research focused on risk perception, medical Human Factors, Human-Systems Integration processes, and the design of safety communications to aid in decision-making. Her systems approach to research program development helps to ensure results are both human-centered and relevant to business problems. Dr. Smith has experience in a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods. As aHuman Factors engineer and User Experience professional, her toolkit also includes requirements management, information architecture creation, wire-framing, and prototyping.
Dr. Smith has extensive industry experience focusing on complex technology development. She has led funded Human System Integration research projects for NASA’s Exploration Program. Her work has appeared in the Handbook of Warnings, Advances in Patient Safety and the publications of IEEE, Society of Human Resource Development, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the International Ergonomics Society, and the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. Her designs for Dell’s Data Protection client encryption and user authentication products are currently in market.