I wanted to make my audience and LinkedIn Connections aware of SiliconHarlem. <SH>
Silicon Harlem <SH> is a social venture that has been designed to transform Harlem in to a technology and innovation hub. This includes bringing Tech Companies up to the Harlem Area as well as pushing for more exposure and education of today’s youth to technology.
Being a Senior Member of the Harlem Neighborhood Block Association ( look it up) I was invited by congressional hopeful, Clyde Williams to attend the very selective ( 500 seat only )
Congressional Representative Debate for District 13 ( Harlem – Charlie Rangel’s old seat) Hosted by SILICONHarlem.net .
I was unaware of this social venture until I attend this debate. The guys over at <SH> did some cool stuff. First off,
moderator Richard Lui of MSNBC did a bank up job of keeping it light and fun but at the same time keeping the candidates on task. The Guys at <SH> were able to partner with Microsoft for integrating the technology “Pulse” that allows the audience and viewers to engage in real time polls, and contribute questions. This was super cool, one could see the engagement and real time reaction of the audience and web viewers real-time whenever a candidate spoke. ( Every 5 seconds ). If you would like to see how the event looked. Click the Link:
I met a lot of interesting people in the crowd, one that stands out was
Alphonso Jenkins, Deputy Commissioner for Telecommunications Planning at NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications. He just happened to be sitting in back of me… We chatted about this and that and eventually were on the topic of
LinkNYC. ( which is really cool. They already have 170+ deployed and will have 500 deployed by end of year) see the below YouTube clip.
Who would have thought that an invitation to a Congressional Representative Debate for Harlem would have exposed me to this much technology ( No I didn’t know who was promoting the Debate and No I didn’t know that subject of the debate was Technology until I was at the debate).
If you want to hear about the actual debate ( rather than the technology slant that I am giving you in this blog ), check out the below Link!
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