Local Charity Taps into New Orleans’ Music, Art Scene to Educate Youth About Tech

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – New Orleans’ Emmy-nominated inspirational rapper, Dee-1, is not your usual technologist. In spite of the laptops, synthesizers, and drum devices he makes use of to perfect his expertise, his use of tunes technology is almost never taught in school STEM curriculums. 

Yet, in just the songs engineering industry – which includes significant-paying careers in audio engineering and songs creating – are a couple of of the IT ideas made use of by a technology of New Orleans musicians and artists like Dee-1 that the impending Tech2Expertise Profession Festival hopes to showcase. 

The rapper, together with New Orleans natives DJ Polo and artist/muralist Kentrice Schexnayder, was not too long ago tapped by nonprofit LifeSkills Foundation to showcase tech as art at the vocation festival set for Saturday April 9, at the Mel Ott Middle in Gretna, La. In addition to music tech, the event will showcase IT occupations, which includes gaming, electronic artwork, drones, coding, and cybersecurity. Dee-1 is the festival’s highlighted speaker for the Inspiring Our Youth (IOY) series. Through his presentation, the 2021 Governor John Bel Edwards’ appointee to the Louisiana Council for the Good results of Black Adult men and Boys will encourage youth hardly ever to be scared to go after their dreams.  

“We believe that innovation and creativeness are the exact,” reported Michelle Jackson, event organizer and executive director of LifeSkills. “By meeting young people today in which they are and employing their appreciate for technologies – smartphones, social media, gaming, and tunes streaming – to help them build a real fascination in the area, we can nurture a technology of tech leaders. Dee-1, Kentrice, and DJ Polo are great illustrations of the new music, innovation, and creativeness the metropolis is acknowledged for. We want to celebrate them and present how know-how is utilised in their resourceful house.”

The competition will showcase over 20 interactive exhibitors, which include DXC Know-how, LSU, Delgado Local community Faculty, Nunez Local community Higher education, Operation Spark, Zephyr Drone, Microsoft TEALS Program, and Tulane College. There will also be a career good, a speaker sequence, live mural drawing by Schexnayder, dwell interviews hosted by Be Loud Studios, video clip activity competitions, meals, prizes, and songs by DJ Polo.

The celebration is free of charge to show up at with pre-function registration on Eventbrite. The day will start off at 12:30 PM with the opening of the exhibit showcase. The speaker sequence will kick off at 1 PM with 30-minute sessions hosted by Kelvin Gipson, Director of Delgado Workforce IT, Marc Aubanel, Director of LSU Digital Arts & Engineering, DXC Technological innovation, Scientist Treva T. Brown, and Blacks In Engineering (Little bit). Also, company can participate in video match competitions, enjoy community food vans, and observe drone demonstrations by Zephyr Drones. The to start with 100 company will receive free food items vouchers and swag baggage. Dee-1 will speak in the exhibit hall starting off at 1:45 PM. 

LifeSkills Basis is a receiver of the Louisiana Nonprofit & Modest Enterprise grant, which was built to assist in administering COVID-19 response and aid endeavours.  

Tech2Talent will acquire place at the Mel Ott Middle positioned at 2301 Belle Chasse Freeway, Gretna, La. Friends are asked to preregister at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tech2talent-career-pageant-tickets-250074699157. For more information and facts, get hold of Michelle Jackson at [email protected].