02b: Kahiga Tiagha - The ITEM

Part 3

NOTE:  inclusion I hack has moved to November 1st!

kahiga's career highlights include: 

  • AWS Certified Solution Architect –Associate (March 2017)

  • 4x selection to Pennsylvania SuperLawyers "Rising Stars" in Business and Corporate Law (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015).

  • 2x awarded Certificate of Recognition, City of Philadelphia - City Council Resolution (2011, 2014).

  • Selected for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program (2014).

  • Appointed to Board of Directors of the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ and DE.

  • Chair of Legal and Immigration Committee of the Mayor’s Commission of African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs.

  • Treasurer, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter campaign (2006 - 07).



  • The ITEM is the Inclusive Technology and Entrepreneurship Movement

    • It is a technology movement to benefit all Philadelphians.

    • There are 4 arms to the ITEM:

      • The ITEM MeetUp (3rd Tuesday of every month)

      • The ITEM Academy

      • The ITEM Resources

      • The ITEM Ventures

  • The ITEM has grown from a monthly meetup into an exchange between many parties championing diversity.

  • VALUE — MeetUp Breakdown:

    • Monthly meeting

    • Programming is broken into quarters, each month there is a different theme.

    • 3 speakers who give a 5-10 minute presentation about a project or business she/he is working on

    • Education — senior member lecture on emerging technologies

    • Closing Keynote — related to the theme of the evening

    • Networking opportunity

  • Kahiga is 1 of 4 ITEMs about to interview at a tech company

  • The next step for the ITEM is to get more people hired

  • Check out the Inclusion Hack on October 26th! Inclusion Hack is a place for new techies to demonstrate their skills to employers as well as an exchange of ideas for employers on how to be more diverse.

  • VALUE 2 Financial Tips:

    • Pay yourself first. Put away something every week, even if it’s only $5

    • Look into real-estate as an investment.

  • Explore tech! Whatever you’re interested in, there is employment out there for you.

  • Kahiga is getting involved with DevOps. DevOps is very in demand. DevOps keep a cloud-system running after it's built, ensuring it stays online.

  • Look into the Gartner Hype Cycle — they create a graph predicting when emerging technologies will mature.

  • The Gartner Hype Cycle curve also approximates the Dunning-Kruger effect, a little known psychological effect. Read more about both below!