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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Prince George’s County – Save The Date: Fri March 27 @ 2 pm - Yes We Code and Growing Hope In Detroit With Joy Reid



Subject: Prince George’s County – Save The Date: Fri March 27 @ 2 pm - Yes We Code and Growing Hope In Detroit With Joy Reid

Watch Hackathon Live: http://www.msnbc.com/growing-hope

Joy Reid of The Root and MSNBC will be live in Detroit on Friday March 27, 2015 highlighting students and mentors from the non-profit organization Yes We Code. This will be the Yes We Code Hackathon. You can follow the hackathon on Twitter using the hashtag #YesWeCode now that Twiiter has the streaming iOS app Periscope. The Yes We Code organization, founded by Van Jones, is said to be crucial in solving the diversity in tech problem. 



Van Jones introduces #YesWeCode

I would like to see the Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker give a shout out on Twitter to let them know Prince George’s County, MD is watching and supporting this effort. This is the type of event that I think a Prince George’s County Tech Strategy Team consisting of residents in IT, the business community, STEM non-profits, and government should have planned for months ago. 

The Prince George’s County Tech Strategy Team would plan out (12) months and identify events and partners for the County to work with. They would ensure the County’s tech strategy, training, and attracting tech businesses is on track and producing results. They would coordinate appearances and activities for government officials like the County Executive to show the world we are a tech savvy County from top to bottom. They would ensure Prince George’s County invests in the correct technology initiatives and has a presence at events like SXSW, Consumer Electronic Show, DEF CON, Apple Live, Facebook Developers Conference, Google I/O, etc. The Prince George’s County Tech Strategy Team would have sent Thurman Jones of Patriots Technology Training Center and some students to the Yes We Code Hackathon in Detroit. This could have set Prince George’s County up for a partnership between Patriots and Yes We Code. It also could have set the County up to host a Yes We Code Hackathon which would bring coverage from MSNBC.

What action are you going take?

What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Name: Jason Williams
Title: Vice President for Strategic Alliances
Organization: Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
How He Can Help: Ally for creative thinkers as well as residents and businesses that want to collaborate to make Prince George’s County a powerhouse in the region
Office Phone: 301-583-4650
Office e-mail: jtwilliams@pgcedc.com

Prince George’s County – Washington DC Tech Women Say “Hear Me Code”



Subject: Prince George’s County – Washington DC Tech Women Say “Hear Me Code”

I saw this video on MSNBC.com’s website. I wish I was a native coder and it came easy to me so I could teach Prince George’s County residents how to code for FREE! This would help residents enter the tech job market and allow them to pay it forward by teaching someone else coding and/or using their tech skills to solve social problems within the County. Shannon Turner is running her non-profit exactly the way I would do it if I was a coder. If you know how to code, live in Prince George’s County, and are patient with teaching people new technology at a low cost or FREE, contact me so I can tell the County via this blog.




I am Woman, Hear Me Roar

Who is Accepted in Classes: Women Only (includes transgender women)
Link to Hear Me Code Curriculum on GitHub: https://github.com/shannonturner/python-lessons
Main Computer Language Learned: Python

What action are you going take?

What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Name: Jason Williams
Title: Vice President for Strategic Alliances
Organization: Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
How He Can Help: Ally for creative thinkers as well as residents and businesses that want to collaborate to make Prince George’s County a powerhouse in the region
Office Phone: 301-583-4650
Office e-mail: jtwilliams@pgcedc.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Prince George’s County – Can Growth Of Certified Wine, Beer, Spirits, And Food Professionals Help Prince George’s Foodie Scene Grow?



Subject: Prince George’s County – Can Growth Of Certified Wine, Beer, Spirits, And Food Professionals Help Prince George’s Foodie Scene Grow?

Q: Did you know Prince George’s County has (2) vodka companies and (1) soon to be (2) wineries?
Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards (coming online in 2017)

I pose this question because I don’t hear too many Prince Georgians speaking about home grown beer, wine, or spirits. I don’t hear women speaking about “girlfriends day out at the winery” in Prince George’s County or a collaborative wine and spirits tasting at Romano or Robin Hill. I definitely don’t hear anyone speaking of local beer, wine, or spirits at Prince George’s County restaurants, bars, banquet halls, golf courses, sports stadiums, or hotels. Did I leave any liquor license venues out?



Why Attend the Society of Wine Educators Conference?

I was looking at the website Cicerone Certification Program. Cicerone is a certification for beer experts. There are different levels of certification. I was looking to learn more about the craft beer, wine, and spirit distribution industry. From what I have been told, it’s important for sales staff of craft beer, wine, and spirit distribution companies to have these certifications because it means they understand the cerebral side of the alcohol industry. It also means they understand different tastes and textures in the products they sell which will enable the sales person to tailor and introduce new products to an establishment’s clientele. 



Cicerone Certification Program at the GABF 2010

Craft drinkers of beer, wine, and spirits are adventurous and want to understand what goes into the product that gives it a distinct taste and finish. Knowledge or the Do It Yourself (DIY) mentality that permeates culture these days allows anyone to feel connected to others through the ability to create. I think this is why certifications in beer, wine, and spirits have come about. The average person regardless of gender, race, or socio-economic status can share their hands-on, experiential knowledge with others and connect in a social way. It’s now trendy to be able to explain alcohol, how it tastes, the type of food it will pair with, and the process of making it. People have been coming together this way in corner and neighborhood bars for centuries but were probably ostracized for drinking too much. Now that one can present themselves to the world as an expert on beer, wine, and spirits and derive a financial benefit, this lifestyle is much more accepted.



Mixology School

Going back to the title of the post, would the Prince George’s County “foodie” scene grow and attract tourists if we had residents becoming certified experts in beer, wine, and spirits? Once they become experts, they would work with County event planners and promoters to frequent restaurants, bars, and events to judge competitions. They would also work with social media marketers and traditional media to secure interviews, etc. This would grow Prince George’s County’s visibility and attract regional, national, and international “foodies.”  
   
Beer Certification
Company: Cicerone

Wine Certification
Company: The Court of Master Sommelier

Spirit Certification
Company: Society of Wine Educators - Certified Specialist of Spirits
What action are you going take?

What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Name: Jason Williams
Title: Vice President for Strategic Alliances
Organization: Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
How He Can Help: Ally for creative thinkers as well as residents and businesses that want to collaborate to make Prince George’s County a powerhouse in the region
Office Phone: 301-583-4650
Office e-mail: jtwilliams@pgcedc.com

Monday, March 9, 2015

Prince George’s County - Using Splunk to Enhance Cybersecurity



Subject: Prince George’s County - Using Splunk to Enhance Cybersecurity

If you are studying cybersecurity or information security at Prince George’s Community College, Bowie State University, Capitol Technology University, UMUC, or U of MD, this information may be of interest to you. I was looking at tools for information security and ran across Splunk. I have heard of Splunk but wanted to know what is it and how does it help cybersecurity and information security practitioners. Below, I found some answers to my questions and thought I would share them.



What is Splunk? Splunking?



Demetrios Lazarikos - Splunk.conf 2013 – theCUBE



Splunk Enterprise (SIEM): Why Splunk For Security?



Splunk For Security Vs. SIEM


What action are you going take?

What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Name: Jason Williams
Title: Vice President for Strategic Alliances
Organization: Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
How He Can Help: Ally for creative thinkers as well as residents and businesses that want to collaborate to make Prince George’s County a powerhouse in the region
Office Phone: 301-583-4650
Office e-mail: jtwilliams@pgcedc.com

Prince George’s County – Do Prince George’s County Residents Know How Annapolis Works?



Subject: Prince George’s County – Do Prince George’s County Residents Know How Annapolis Works?

I didn’t know anything about how the legislative process works in Annapolis until I wanted to make an impact on issues I care about such as agriculture and food truck legislation in Prince George’s County. It’s always a rude awakening when one has to learn a new system. 

The legislative body of Maryland is called the General Assembly. I didn’t know members of the Maryland General Assembly are paid part time and considered part time lawmakers. I also didn’t know the legislative session only lasts (90) days. Most Americans are so used to hearing about the US Congress that we think all governments work year round. 

Legislative Session Starts: Second (full week) Wednesday in January (Wednesday January 14, 2015)

Legislative Session Ends: April 13, 2015



I wanted to know the pros and cons of HB 928 “Sales and Use Tax - Agricultural Products and Equipment - Repeal of Exemption” brought up by Ways and Means Committee Member State Delegate Jay Walker from District 26 in Prince George’s County. I heard one side of the argument and wanted to hear the other. 

Being able to go online and watch the testimony from the Tuesday March 3, 2015 hearing, allowed me to be educated and get answers. I was able to find the video of the committee meetings and testimony on the Committee Calendar web page which features a list for both the Senate and House hearings.


List of General Assembly Members and Contact Info: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmmain.aspx?pid=legisrpage&tab=subject6

To see legislation a General Assembly Member sponsors:

Step 1: go to list of all General Assembly Members and click on a Member http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmmain.aspx?pid=legisrpage&tab=subject6
Step 2: Click on the “Session Legislation” tab
Step 3: On the top left, you will see how many total bills the General Assembly Member is attached to, how many they are the primary sponsor, how many they are co-sponsor, and how many by request
Step 4: on the left side, you can click the bill which will go to the page that will allow you to watch the video and read the fiscal and policy notes (give background, analysis, and effects)

In conclusion, I have learned that I must approach my General Assembly representatives on the state level about an issue no later than August 31 of the current year (Ex: 2015) if I want to see action on this issue in the following year (Ex: 2016). If the issue is a hot button and there is overwhelming support or presents catastrophic consequences for a sizable population, General Assembly Members may listen to you and try to work it into the agenda although you brought it to them late.

What action are you going take?

What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Name: Jason Williams
Title: Vice President for Strategic Alliances
Organization: Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
How He Can Help: Ally for creative thinkers as well as residents and businesses that want to collaborate to make Prince George’s County a powerhouse in the region
Office Phone: 301-583-4650
Office e-mail: jtwilliams@pgcedc.com
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