02b: Kahiga Tiagha - The ITEM
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:
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
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!