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WordCamp Jacksonville An International Conference of 
Technology and Diversity

by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach

WordCamp Jacksonville was well attended by
participants and speakers as far away as Nigeria,
Africa; Miami, Georgia and several Midwestern states.
The excitement of sharing the growth of web
development,  digital platforms and tools directly
related to content creation and web development
shows a phenomenal growth in the need to be
involved in Social Media and associated
technologies. 
Attended by several hundred, the conference in
its third year contained a Kids Camp that was
dedicated to teaching ages 7 to 13 how to build
and manage a WordPress site. Making the
journey into web development fun and relevant
for young people who are future developers,
coders, digital engineers and even business
owners. 
 
The growing diversity of WordCamp Jacksonville
is seen by sponsors of the Kids Camp
William Jackson an educator with Duval County
Public Schools and business owner of My Quest
To Teach. Mr. Jackson speaks, volunteers and
blogs at national and international WordCamp
conferences.

Ms. Aida Correa, Artist, Poet, STEAM educator
and business owner of LoveBuilt Life and a
sponsor of Kids Camp in Jacksonville. Both
Mr. Jackson and Ms. Correa are advocates
of youth, teens and young adults; African
American and Latino respectively they
participate in areas of technology;
attending WordCamp conferences to network
and collaborate in building technology businesses.

Nationally, people of color are mostly consumers
of technology and not the producers. Less than
5% of technology businesses are owned by
people of color.
This year’s conference 2018 was attended
by Catherine Mayokun Egwali a business
woman, blogger, author and speaker from
Nigeria on the continent of Africa. Her
experience as an award winning author,
content creator, and business owner allows
her the opportunity to share her story with
others on  an international level.
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherinemegwali

Globally technology is allowing for faster
communication and new collaboration
opportunities. Allowing the diversity of the
world to share stories, expand the
voice of the silent in social and cultural
issues and to encourage world peace
through tolerance and cooperation.

WordPress an “open source” product
encourages development of Apps, widgets
and other programs to be created
that improve the usability of web development.
WordCamp conferences are located throughout
the nation and in cities that are expanding
their access to resources and employment
opportunities that embrace technology.

People of color and diversity in culture should
take advantage of unique opportunities to
start their own business models in technology,
innovation and even the Arts.
WordCamp conferences and Kids Camp are
great opportunities to develop digital skills
that can open employment doors and entrepreneurial
prospects. WordCamp is growing into a family
adventure and a journey
of discovery and innovation.

Resources:
WordCamp Central
https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/
WordCamp Jacksonville
https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org
Wm Jackson, M.Edu.
Educator, Speaker, Blogger, Parent,