51 minutes | Mar 20, 2015
Interview: Cristian Arcega, Robotics Engineer In this interview, we meet Cristian Arcega, part of the Carl Hayden Community High School Underwater Robotics Team who went on to compete with, and beat, some of the top engineering schools, including MIT. This story was first covered by an article in Wired Magazine, and was then developed into a documentary titled “Underwater Dreams”. This story has resonated with many people and has now been made in a full-length feature film “Spare Parts” starring George Lopez. Cristian gives us a behind the scenes look into the competition, their preparation, their passion, and how he is dealing with his newfound fame with the media tour for the movie. We also discuss Cristian’s status as a “dreamer” and how that has affected his career progression. Topics Discussed in the Interview: How is the media tour going? How and why did Cristian get involved with the robotics competition? How did Cristian, a self-proclaimed loner, deal with working in a team? Behind the scenes thoughts during the competition. How Cristian, and the team, prepared their technical documents and presentation Cristian’s family and friends reaction to his winning the competition Cristian’s immigration status and the difficulties of being a Dreamer Mentioned in the Interview: Underwater Dreams La Vida Robot (Wired Article) Spare Parts (Movie): Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream Crowdismo Campaign Favorite Smartphone App: Google Calendar Must Read Book Recommendation Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream Shameless Plug: Help Cristian go to College!! Donate to Cristian’s Crowdfunding Campaign. Please donate what you can so we can all benefit from Cristian’s intelligence and talents! Special thanks to Jose Huitron of Crowdismo, for making this interview happen. The post Underwater Dreaming appeared first on devLatino.
51 minutes | Dec 31, 2014
The Science Behind Football
Interview: Ainissa Ramirez, PhD., Science Evangelist The NFL season has wrapped up and we’re heading into another exciting post-season. Our guest today is sharing the excitement of America’s favorite sport, in a different capacity. By using our love for football to get us excited about Science! This interview is with Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, a science evangelist who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science. MIT’s Technology Review named Dr. Ramirez as one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators for her contributions to transforming technology. She co-authored, with Allen St. John, Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game. In this interview, we discuss her book, as well as get into a great discussion of the challenges she faced and overcame to become a scientist and succeed in STEM. Please enjoy the interview. Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game Topics Discussed in the Interview: How does the shape of the football effect the game? How does Chaos Theory apply to the game of football? How the modern helmet may have contributed to the concussions Is relating a familiar subject, like football, to science a good way to get people interested in science and STEM fields? What started Ainissa’s interest in science? How did Ainissa go about learning science as a young person? Why is it important to get kids interested in Science? What are the best methods to get kids interested in Science? Mentioned in the Interview: Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game The DeSean Jackson miraculous punt return to end the game vs. the NY Giants. Favorite Smartphone App: Twitter Must Follow on Twitter: Roxane Gay Must Read Book Recommendation: Einstein’s Dreams Shameless Plug: Keep an eye out for Dr. Ramirez’s new podcast, launching February 15, Science Underground! You can reach Ainissa Ramirez at www.ainissaramirez.com and follow her on Twitter – @ainissaramirez The post The Science Behind Football appeared first on devLatino.
52 minutes | Dec 11, 2014
Find your Niche and Turn it into Profits!
Interview: Janel Martinez, Founder of “Ain’t I Latina?” A common struggle many entrepreneurs and content creators face is finding the right niche. Everyone is multi-layered, and we all have a range of interests that may inspire us to go out and explore a bit more. But how do you find the right niche? What if that niche is too small? Or how do we even begin thinking about turning that niche into a revenue generating endeavor? In this interview, we discuss how to find your niche. Janel Martinez knows a thing or two about this topic since she has developed a niche online space where millennial Latinas can celebrate their diversity. It is entitled “Ain’t I Latina?”. Janel Martinez is a multi-media journalist and the former Tech Editor at Black Enterprise. Janel’s work and insights have appeared on various media sites including TheGrio, Madame Noire, and The Root. Janel shares some thoughts on how to find your passion, and ultimately turning that passion into profits! Questions discussed in the Interview: How did Janel start her career in journalism? What is a day in the life of Janel, considering all the interests she is juggling? Why did Janel feel compelled to start “Ain’t I Latina?” What should be some steps people should take in finding their niche? What to do if your niche is too specific? How can you start turning your niche into profits? Mentioned in the Interview: Ain’t I Latina? Black Enterprise Los 20 latinos más influyentes en la industria de la tecnología de 2014 Favorite Smartphone App: Instagram Top Tech Conferences to Attend: Consumer Electronics Show SXSW Must follow on Twitter: Hiten Shah – @hnshah Janel Martinez – @janelmwrites Anthony Frasier, Phat Startup – @anthonyfrasier Must Read Book Recommendation: #GIRLBOSS Shameless Plug: Support 2020Shift, Shifting the culture of digital media and technology. You can find them on Twitter: @2020Shift. You can connect with Janel on Twitter @AintILatina and @janelmwrites. A huge thanks to Janel for the interview! – JM Photo credit: Maureen Erokwu The post Find your Niche and Turn it into Profits! appeared first on devLatino.
39 minutes | Nov 12, 2014
Sales for Techies
Interview: Donald Kelly, The Sales Evangelist Bloggers, marketers, coders, developers, graphic artists, and entrepreneurs all have one thing in common – they need someone to buy into their product, service, or idea. In order to accomplish this, you need a sale. You may be looking for an audience to read your content, or looking for that crucial startup capital from an investor – Sales is vital in any endeavor. But yet, why don’t we learn these skills in school? Or worse yet, why do we frown upon asking for the sale? Our interview is with Donald Kelly, The Sales Evangelist. Donald will provide tips on embracing the art of sales, and shares best practices on selling tech to non-techies. Please enjoy the interview! Questions discussed in the Interview: How did Donald start working in sales? What is “The Sales Evangelist”? How to overcome the feeling that sales can be sleazy? How should we handle objection? How has sales changed in a world where many people communicate via various channels such as email, text, social media, and others? How one should go about selling technical goods and services without sounding “techie”? Mentions in the interview: The Sales Evangelist Sandler Sales Training Starve the Doubts podcast TSE – Jeb Blount Episode TSE – Joanne Black Episode Favorite Smartphone App: Evernote Podcasts – Apple Instagram Must Follow on Twitter: Jared Easley – @jaredeasley Must Read Book Recommendation: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated) The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation Shameless Plug: Donald was gracious enough to promote and support our podcast! So make sure to subscribe to devLatino on iTunes! Or if you’re on Android, subscribe to devLatino on Stitcher! You can find all things Donald Kelly at TheSalesEvangelist.com! A huge thanks to Donald Kelly! Keep an eye on this guy, he’s soaring! The post Sales for Techies appeared first on devLatino.
41 minutes | Nov 5, 2014
Enhance your Mindset with Affirmations
Interview: Ralph Quintero, Founder of Happy Someone Success in any endeavor requires passion, commitment and hard work. A key way to push through and succeed is to be in the right mindset. Our guest today is serial entrepreneur, Ralph Quintero. Ralph knows a thing or two about what it takes to make a business successful. He’s built and sold multiple businesses, has transacted over $1 billion in sales, and has worked with both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies all over the world. Ralph’s experiences as both an entrepreneur and high-level corporate executive give him a unique perspective into what is working in the business world and how entrepreneurs can apply these best practices to grow their businesses. This makes him one of the most sought after experts on the topics of entrepreneurship and business development. One of his businesses, Happy Someone recently launched an “Affirmations App for Entrepreneurs” to help entrepreneurs develop and maintain a positive outlook as a way to achieve their dreams. Ralph will share why affirmations are important and how he went about building this app. Please enjoy the interview! Questions discussed in the interview: What is Happy Someone and how did Ralph come up with the concept? What are the goods and services that Happy Someone offers? What is the Affirmations App for Entrepreneurs? What is an affirmation and how does it work? As a non-techie, how did Ralph develop the app? Has Ralph found it challenging being a Latino entrepreneur and businessman? What should individuals looking to start a business or an app or a product, consider to get in the proper mindset and start working towards those goals? Mentions in the interview: Bald One Media Happy Someone Happy Someone Facebook Page “Affirmations App for Entrepreneurs” app Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller – Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century Favorite Smartphone App: Evernote Must Follow on Twitter: Gary Vaynerchuk Must-Read Book Recommendation: The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It Shameless Plug: Download the Affirmations for Entrepreneurs app today!! You can reach Ralph Quintero on Twitter! Thanks to Ralph for a great interview!! The post Enhance your Mindset with Affirmations appeared first on devLatino.
47 minutes | Oct 29, 2014
Latino Political Action via YouTube
Interview: Roland Ruiz, MasPolitica YouTube, as the world’s second largest search engine next to Google, allows you to reach audiences fast and easy, whether it’s doing silly cat videos or trying to start a movement. A new YouTube channel has launched that is trying to motivate Latino to vote and get involved in the political process. Our guest today is Roland Ruiz, aka, Rolo, who is part of the cast of MasPolitica, a show for Latino millennials by Latino millennials. As stated on their MasPolitica website, “We’re not experts. We’re not teachers nor reporters. We’re just political junkies trying to get you hooked on U.S. Politics so you can understand it, participate in it and not get f***ed by it.” Questions discussed in the interview: What is the mission of MasPolitica? Is lack of participation partially due to the Latino community just not being aware of the issues, or is it apathy? What is the behind the scenes operation for MasPolitica? Is MasPolitica partisan? What videos does MasPolitica current have? And what videos should we expect in the future? Mentions in the Interview: MasPolitica YouTube Channel MasPolitica website Favorite Smartphone App: Google Translate – Google, Inc. Must Read Book Recommendation: The Exception to the Rulers : Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them Shameless Plugs: Boyhood by Richard Linklater – Roland has a part in this movie! Support devLatino – woohoo! Feeling the love!!! Thanks to Rolo, for a fun interview!!! The post Latino Political Action via YouTube appeared first on devLatino.
57 minutes | Oct 20, 2014
Spanish Language Marketing Tips
Interview: Laura Elgueta-Sanchez, Latiniza Digital A common problem that any entrepreneur, startup or content creator faces if they target Latinos, is whether they should cater to the Spanish speaking audience. For many non-Hispanics, they may see Hispanic and Spanish as being synonymous, and will think that it is an obvious direction to go to create content in both languages, and once they go down that road, they may find that they are spending too much money in trying to create content in Spanish, or their simple translation strategy ends up alienating the very consumers they are looking to attract. This interview is with Laura Elgueta-Sanchez, founder, and host of the Latiniza Digital podcast, a Spanish-language podcast that was recently featured in Entrepreneur Magazine as an Emerging Entrepreneurial Podcast. Laura shares her journey on why she created a Spanish language business podcast and shares some tips on Spanish language marketing. Questions discussed in the Interview: What inspired the creation of the Latiniza Digital podcast? What are some popular Spanish-language content providers online? Should my business have a Spanish specific website if I am looking to target Spanish speakers? Should I translate my website? Should my business have Spanish social media accounts? Mentioned in the Interview: Starve The Doubts, with Jared Easley Smart Passive Income, with Pat Flynn Social Media Examiner, with Michael Stelzner The Marketing Agents, with Rich Brooks devLatino – Ray Ortega Interview on Podcasting Internet Business Mastery Ahorros Para Mamá, with Denisse Icaza Laura asks Pat Flynn (on Ask Pat) regarding a multilingual site – Soundcloud Stephanie Booth Video – Blogging in an Imperfect World Podcast Movement Must-Follow on Twitter: @devLatino @godfree @jaredeasley @John_Dennis @alexdesigns @denisseicaza Must Read Book Recommendation: How to Win Friends & Influence People Shameless Plug: Check out Latiniza Digital for great business content in Spanish! You can follow Laura on Twitter @elguetalaura! The post Spanish Language Marketing Tips appeared first on devLatino.
63 minutes | Sep 23, 2014
How to Start Podcasting
Interview: Ray Ortega, The Podcasters’ Studio National Podcast Day is approaching! This week’s interview is with Ray Ortega, host of The Podcasters’ Studio and The Podcasters’ Roundtable. Ray is an expert podcaster, and has been invited to speak at various national conferences, including New Media Expo and The Podcast Movement. Ray provides us with an in-depth primer on how to start podcasting, and provides best practices towards a successful podcast launch. Please enjoy the interview! Questions discussed in the interview: Why should I podcast? Things to consider before starting a podcast What equipment do I need to start? What software do I need to start? How do I publish a podcast? What are time consideration I should consider before I commit to podcasting? How should I promote my podcast? Mentioned in the interview: Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone Audacity download GarageBand – Apple Call Recorder for Skype Libsyn – for Podcast Hosting. Use PROMO CODE: podcasthelper Blubrry Use PROMO CODE: podcasthelper Archive.org Favorite Smartphone App: Pocket Casts YouTube Instagram Ray’s Favorite Podcasts: School of Podcasting New Media Show FCPX Grill Must follow on Twitter: @Libsyn Must Read Book Recommendations: Wool Shift(Silo Saga) (Volume 2) Dust (Silo Saga) Steve Jobs Shameless Plug: Check out The Podcasters’ Studio to learn how to start podcasting. Subscribe to Ray’s YouTube Channel. You can follow Ray on Twitter at @podcasthelper. — A huge thanks to Ray! And I hope you enjoy the interview! The post How to Start Podcasting appeared first on devLatino.
43 minutes | Aug 28, 2014
Using Tech for Community Organizing
Interview: Juan Vasquez, Organizer at NationBuilder Our interview this week is with Juan Sebastian Vasquez. Juan is an Organizer at NationBuilder. He spends his day working at the intersection of community organizing and technology for political and nonprofit groups worldwide. He focuses much of his energies on the the Latino community, working with political advocacy groups, immigration reform movements and other minority organizations. Previously, he led the most active social media team in the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral elections and was the Director of Communications for a local technology nonprofit. Juan is part of the HuffPost and The Good Men Project blogger networks and in 2013, his social media team was named to the Los Angeles’ Social 25 (25 most influential entities in social media). He has spoken at organizations such as the New Leaders Council, Voto Latino, and was recently asked to speak at the University of Florida on technology as a pathway to social change. Juan is a pretend chef, amateur cyclist, and full-time rule breaker. Juan provides his insight about grassroots community organizing and how you can use technology to reach your targeted audience and amplify your message. Questions discussed during the interview: What is the intersection between community organizing and technology? How can an organization or movement leverage social media to engage their supporters? What are the best ways for leaders of an organization to get their online community involved? What to do when discussing controversial topics without alienating those who may disagree? How to build your community with a small marketing team or a low budget Mentions in the interview: NationBuilder Voto Latino Voto Latino Power Summit Crowdismo Tony Lima, SAVE Dade Yago de Marta HopeMob Voto Latino’s Google Hangout on September 3rd 4pm EST, Social Media Best Practices for RUL Organizations. Juan will be a participant Favorite Smartphone App: Instagram Must-Follow on Twitter: Shaun King, from HopeMob Must Read Book Recommendation: The 50th Law You can follow Juan on Twitter! The post Using Tech for Community Organizing appeared first on devLatino.
53 minutes | Aug 19, 2014
Spreading Tech is the Brooklyn Way
Interview with the founders of Brooklyn on Tech In this interview, we meet with Evin Robinson and Jessica Santana, founders of Brooklyn on Tech, whose mission is to inspire the next generation of tech thought leaders emerging from the borough of Brooklyn, New York. If you don’t know New York City’s technology sector is booming. In a recent report given to the Association for a Better New York, Alicia Glen, New York City’s deputy mayor for housing and economic development, estimates the tech sector in New York City accounts for nearly 300,000 jobs, and more than half of them at companies in non-technology businesses, such as finance and advertising. So these are growth opportunities that should be ripe for native New Yorkers, particularly New Yorkers in High School. (Source: New York Times) Brooklyn on Tech is committed to developing the interests of students and professionals in the fields of technology by providing them with the resources needed to excel in the techno-centric society we live in today. Evin and Jessica share their vision of Brooklyn on Tech, and how you can get involved with this new venture. Please enjoy the interview. Jessica Santana and Evin Robinson, Founders of Brooklyn on Tech Questions discussed during the interview: With the emergence of the tech sector in NYC, are companies reaching out to local schools or they being shut out of this growth? What is Brooklyn on Tech, and why did Evin and Jessica decide to start the organization? What can be done to get more interest from High School students to STEM-related fields? How can local schools help with Brooklyn on Tech’s vision? What is the long-term vision for Brooklyn on Tech? How can parents encourage their children to STEM-related subjects? Mentions in the Interview: Worldwide Boss What Losing 70 Pounds Taught Me About Startups Favorite Smartphone App: Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine – Flipboard Inc. Must follow on Twitter: Russell Simmons Reid Hoffman Must Read Book Recommendation: The Alchemist Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire Shameless Plugs: Join and support the Brooklyn on Tech – Tech Flex Scholars Program. And attend the Brooklyn On Tech: Tech Flex Fundraiser (Launch Party!) You can find Jessica on Twitter. You can find Evin on LinkedIn. I hope enjoyed the interview! The post Spreading Tech is the Brooklyn Way appeared first on devLatino.
48 minutes | Aug 12, 2014
Get Started with Crowdfunding!
Interview: Jose Huitron, co-founder of Crowdismo We discuss what to do if your project needs a financial boost. This interview is Jose Huitron. Jose is the co-founder of the crowdfunding platform, Crowdismo. Crowdismo is a disruptive platform aimed at powering creativity and innovation within the Latino community. Crowdismo’s goal is to eliminate barriers to entry for people with bold ideas. By tapping into the power of the crowd, Crowdismo connects you to awesome possibilities in the form of crowdfunding. Jose will educate us on how to get started with crowdfunding, how Crowdfunding works, when to determine when you need funds, and best practices for Crowdfunding success. If you ever thought your project can use a funding boost, this is the interview for you. Questions discussed during the interview: What is crowdfunding? Why consider crowdfunding instead of using a bank? What is Crowdismo? How does it work? What sort of projects should consider crowdfunding? Why should people support and fund crowdfunded projects? How should one consider the fundraising goal and timing of a campaign? Best practices to ensure your crowdfunding campaign is a success Mentions in the interview: Hub 81 Crowdismo East Willy B Las Fotos Project HootSuite Buffer MailChimp IFTTT Favorite smartphone app: Evernote Instagram Bonus: Studio Design – Overlay Studio Inc Book Recommendations: A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers Shameless Plug: Check out www.crowdismo.com and follow them on Twitter: @crowdismo. Also, check out a current campaign, The Latina Startup Tour, and help fund that project! You can reach Jose on Twitter: @josehuitron A big THANKS for Jose for the interview. Thanks for listening! The post Get Started with Crowdfunding! appeared first on devLatino.
57 minutes | Aug 3, 2014
Moving into Technology without a Tech Background
Interview with Eveline Pierre, Founder of Women’s Tech Alliance This interview is with Best Selling author and speaker Eveline Pierre. Eveline is the founder of EP Enterprises Worldwide. Eveline is committed to empowering millions to live life with purpose. In 2004, she founded the first Haitian Heritage Museum in the world outside of Haiti to create a legacy for future generations. Now Eveline is taking her talents to tech, by creating the Women’s Tech Alliance, which brings women entrepreneurs, technology start-ups and professional women in technology together, to equip them with tools such as mentorships, conferences, symposiums, and summits to bridge the gender gap in technology. Eveline will discuss her transition from the art world to the technology world and how to get involved with technology, although you may not have any educational or work experience with tech. Questions discussed in the interview: Why transition from the Art world to create the Women’s Tech Alliance? What is the Women’s Tech Alliance, and what services do they provide? Why Eveline felt compelled to enter the tech industry? What are the common challenges for women, or people of color as it pertains to their career or their career choices? Tips for those considering a career change into tech or a starting a business. How Eveline became a best-selling author by teaming up with success expert Brian Tracy. Mentions in the interview: Women’s Tech Alliance of Facebook Audiobook: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers Audiobook: Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds The Secret to Winning Big – Eveline was a contributor to this Best Selling Book! Brain Tracy and Eveline Pierre – The Secret to Winning Big, Bestselling Book Must follow on Twitter and Instagram: Twitter: Oprah Instagram: Brian Tracy Must read book recommendation: The Science of Getting Rich: The Original Classic Shameless Plug EvelinePierre.com for Empowerment Coaching or to book for Public Speaking engagements You can follow Eveline on Twitter. The post Moving into Technology without a Tech Background appeared first on devLatino.
52 minutes | Jul 15, 2014
Transform Ideas into Software Products
Interview: Poornima Vijayashanker, Founder of Femgineer A fundamental struggle many developers or entrepreneurs tackle is picking an idea and then following through all the way to the completion of a viable product. Some of us have too many ideas swimming in our brains. While others don’t know where to begin. I’ve asked Poornima Vijayashanker to be on the devLatino podcast. She was the founding engineer of Mint.com (a personal finance web product which was acquired by Intuit) and is currently the founder of Femgineer, a business that helps tech professionals and entrepreneurs, especially women, level up their careers. Currently, Poornima has a free e-mail course titled “How to Transform your Ideas into Software Products” and that is the topic we are discussing. But I would invite those who don’t have a desire to launch a software product to listen because these lessons can apply to any type of business planning and launching. I hope you enjoy the interview. Questions discussed in the interview: Why Poornima started Femgineer? What do I do if I have too many ideas, or no ideas, for a product? Don’t wait for the perfect idea When should we start assembling a team? What should be my time commitment? How much money should I have? Do I quit my current job? How do we get early adopters to pay for a prototype? When is the right time to launch? Mentions in the Interview: Femgineer’s e-mail course: How to Transform Ideas Into Software Products BizeeBee.com – CRM Solution Mint.com Favorite Smartphone App: Uber – Uber Technologies, Inc. Must Follow on Twitter: devLatino – woohoo!!! Must Read Book Recommendation: The Four Steps to the Epiphany Thank you to Poornima for giving such great information. Please sign up for her e-mail course where you’ll learn a lot more! BONUS: Poornima’s TEDxNavesink Talk, “Taking the Time to Tinker” The post Transform Ideas into Software Products appeared first on devLatino.
28 minutes | Jul 8, 2014
Intro to 3D Printing
Interview: Jerry Castaños, Founder of 3D Heights In this episode, we discuss 3D printing with Jerry Castaños of 3D Heights, a 3D printing retail store located in Washington Heights in New York City. 3D Heights offers the latest in 3D printers and scanners, as well as classes in 3D technology. Jerry will give us an introduction to the world of 3D printing and share where he thinks this new industry is going. 3D printing is a quickly expanding field. The popularity and uses of 3D printers growing every day, as we continue to learn and more and more about these devices, and as they become available to the mass market. 3D printing can be used to prototype an idea, create replacement parts, and is even versatile enough to print prosthetic and medical implants. 3D printing will continue to have a growing impact on production and innovation. Enjoy the interview! Mentions in the interview: Taking the Heights to the Next Dimension, by LLERO Magazine. Washington Heights native brings 3D printing shop to his neighborhood, from NY Daily News. Tinkercad Sculptris Innoverse Organovo Favorite Smartphone App: Meetup Book recommendation for 3D Printing: Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing Shameless Plug: Visit 3D Heights at 4084 Broadway (between W 172nd and 173rd Sts), New York, NY, and; Attend Mine-O-Rama on Pier 92, July 12 – 13. Links to come… Contact: You can connect with Jerry at www.3DHeights.com, and on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The post Intro to 3D Printing appeared first on devLatino.
52 minutes | Jun 24, 2014
Take the VL Innovators Challenge
Interview: Jimmy Hernandez of Voto Latino This week’s interview is with Jimmy Hernandez, Communications Director of Voto Latino. Jimmy shares lots of great detailed information about the VL Innovators Challenge, a competition for Millennials – ages 18-34 – to empower and better the lives of Latinos by creating tech solutions to challenges impacting our Latino families, neighbors, and communities at large. The first round of applications are due September 10, 2014. If you have a great idea to help our community, you will want to listen to this interview so you can learn more about this amazing competition. VL Innovator’s Challenge Video: Rosario Dawson, actress and co-Founder of Voto Latino, on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, discussing the VL Power Summit and the VL Innovators Challenge: Mentions in the Interview: VL Power Summit VL Innovators Challenge Website Favorite Smart Phone App: Snapseed – Nik Software, Inc. Starbucks – Starbucks Coffee Company Bonus Tip: Get the Starbucks App to get free iOS apps and free music! Must Follow on Twitter: Phillip P. Agnew Book Recommendation: The Last Lecture Shameless Plug: National Voter Registration Day – September 23, 2014 – Don’t forget to Register and Vote! You can find Jimmy on Twitter: @jimmytothejay The post Take the VL Innovators Challenge appeared first on devLatino.
64 minutes | Jun 18, 2014
E3 Expo 2014 Recap; and on Being a Podcasting Leader
Interview: Danny Peña, Gamertag Radio In this interview, we speak with Danny Peña, Founder, and Host of Gamertag Radio. Gamertag Radio, created in 2005, is one of the most successful video game and entertainment podcasts out now, with over 3 million downloads to date. Danny and his team attended the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, June 10 – 12, 2014. E3 draws tens of thousands of professionals to experience the future of interactive entertainment. The most influential people leading the most innovative companies in the video game industry attend E3 to see groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products for computers, video game consoles, handheld systems, mobile and social, and the Internet. Danny, and his team from Gamertag Radio, covered the E3 Expo and got to test many of the latest games, and interview many of the top executives and game developers. In this episode, Danny gives his recap of the E3 Expo. What were his three favorite games, best game developer studio, the biggest disappointment, and the biggest surprise? We also discuss why he started Gamertag Radio, and how went about learning how to podcast. Danny also shares his tips to those looking to get into gaming, and game development. If you LOVE video games, like I do, you must listen to this interview. Mentions in the Interview: E3 Expo Ubisoft EA Halo Master Chief Collection Presentation (via Gamertag Radio) Favorite Smartphone App: Gamertag Radio App – Wizzard Media Gmail – email from Google – Google, Inc. Must Follow on Twitter: iJustine Book Recommendation: You need to listen to the interview to the get the context…haha: Behold a Pale Horse Shameless Plug: Download the Gamertag Radio App to get the latest episodes and exclusive content available only to app users!! You can find Danny at @godfree on Twitter. The post E3 Expo 2014 Recap; and on Being a Podcasting Leader appeared first on devLatino.
34 minutes | May 27, 2014
How to Build Tech Communities
Interview: Alex de Carvalho, Constant Contact In this interview we speak with Alex de Carvalho, Regional Development Director (South Florida) of Constant Contact. Alex is also a founding member of Refresh Miami and founder of the Social Media Club of South Florida, BarCamp, Ignite, and Social Media Day in South Florida. We discuss why he was inspired to create these communities and share some tips on how to create new tech communities of your own. Mentions in the interview: Refresh Miami, and co-founder Brian Breslin BarCamp Ignite Social Media Club of South Florida (Facebook Group) Constant Contact Favorite Smartphone App: Zite – Zite, Inc. Must-Follows on Twitter: Jeremiah Owyang: @jowyang Brian Solis: @briansolis Anil Dash: @anildash Shelly Kramer: @ShellyKramer Must-Read Books: Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah’s Book Club) One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.) Shameless Plug: Upcoming Social Media Day, June 29, 2014, at the Arsht Center in Miami, Florida. You can find Alex on Twitter (@alexdc). Alex, thanks again for the interview! The post How to Build Tech Communities appeared first on devLatino.
33 minutes | May 20, 2014
Creating the Next Generation of Coders
Interview: Meka Egwuekwe of Black Girls Code In this episode, I interview Meka Egwuekwe, Tech Lead of the Memphis Chapter of Black Girls Code. We discuss the Black Girls Code organization, its mission, and upcoming events. Meka gives great insight into why it’s important to inspire a new generation of coders in our community, and how parents can plant the seed in their children’s mind to consider fields in technology. Mentions in the interview: Black Girls Code Website Google’s App Inventor Upcoming Black Girls Code Workshops: Favorite Smartphone App: TIME IN WORDS – QLOCKTWO – Biegert & Funk Product GmbH & Co. KG Must Follow on Twitter: Black Girls Code on Twitter Lance Ulanoff Book Recommendation Outliers: The Story of Success Shameless Plug: Sign up for the upcoming workshops in Miami, and other events in your areas. Go to BlackGirlsCode.com to learn more!! Thank you, Meka. It was a fun interview, you’re doing amazing work! The post Creating the Next Generation of Coders appeared first on devLatino.
38 minutes | May 13, 2014
Recap of WordCamp Miami 2014
Interview: Jackie Jimenez, founder of Innovate WP In this episode, I interview Jackie Jimenez of Innovate WP. She was a speaker at the WordCamp Miami 2014 conference, her speech was titled on “Tips for Better Website Conversion.” We discuss highlights of the WordCamp Miami conference, her favorite speaker, and what she learned during the conference that she did not know going in. We also discuss her new company, Innovate WP, and how she can help small business owners with learning and setting up WordPress. Slides to Jackie’s Presentation “Tips for Better Website Conversion” Mentions in the interview: A huge shout-out to David Bisset of Dimension Media, and Chief Organizer of WCMIA. He did a kick-ass job!! WP Beginner Chris Lema Chris Lema’s WordCamp Miami Presentation: 13 Tweets about Pricing All the slides from the WordCamp Miami 2014 are available here. University of Miami’s Student Center Complex Chill’n Ice Cream Favorite Smartphone App: Cycloramic – Egos Ventures Book Recommendation: The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life Must Follows on Twitter: Chris Brogan Peter Shankman Gary Vaynerchuk Shameless Plug: Karla Campos is CEO of Social Media Sass, and will be holding Florida Social Con, Florida’s most happening social media conference, happening October 11th, 2014. Save the date. The conference will take place in Miami. Meet top social media professionals and network with business owners who want to increase their social presence, just like you. We are partnering with Florida’s most active tech groups to bring you the best and up to the minute social media and digital marketing information. To learn more go to MiamiSocialCon.com Thanks so much to Jackie Jimenez for doing the interview. To contact her follow her on Twitter. Her next webinar is May 29, 2014 at 7PM. Subscribe to the devLatino Podcast on iTunes! The post Recap of WordCamp Miami 2014 appeared first on devLatino.
30 minutes | May 6, 2014
How I Created the Instabible App
Interview with Santiago Leon, iOS App Developer Our interview is with Santiago Leon, the President of Sleon Productions. He is a WordPress expert and a self-taught iOS app developer. Santiago created Instabible, a photo-sharing app that allows you to pick any verse in the Bible, add a background and some styling, and then share to your community on Instagram, Twitter, or SMS. Instabible app screenshot Topics Discussed in the Interview: Santiago’s background and how he started coding Resources that Santiago used to learn iOS development and build his app from the ground up What to expect from Sleon Productions in the future Rapid Fire round…what is Santiago’s guilty pleasure on his playlist?? App Recommendation: Breeze – Pedometer and activity tracker made simple – FitnessKeeper, Inc. Book Recommendation: iOS 7 Application Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (5th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself — Hours) Shameless Plug Visit Sleon Productions to learn more about Santiago and his apps, or connect with him via Twitter or Instagram Download the Instabible app on iOS. Thanks so much to Santiago for his time and I hope you enjoyed the interview. – Jason The post How I Created the Instabible App appeared first on devLatino.