Local charity educates young people about tech at the New Orleans Music, Art Scene


New Orleans (Press Release) – The New Orleans Emmy-inspired inspirational rapper, D-1, is not your exclusive technologist. Despite the laptops, composers, and drum machines he uses to hone his skills, the use of music technology is rarely taught in the school STEM curriculum.

However, in the field of music technology – which includes high-paying jobs in audio engineering and music production – there are a few IT principles used by a generation of new Orleans musicians and artists such as Dee-1 that will be forthcoming. Expect Tech2Talent Career Festival. The show

The rapper, along with New Orleans native DJ Polo and artist / moralist Kentris Shakespeare, was recently typed by the nonprofit LifeSkills Foundation to showcase technology as art at the Career Festival on Saturday, April. 9 Set at the Mill Out Center in Gretna. In addition to Music Tech, the event will showcase IT careers, including games, digital arts, drones, coding, and cybersecurity. Dee-1 is the festival’s exclusive speaker for the Inspiring Our Youth (IOY) series. During his presentation, 2021 Governor John Bell Edwards, elected to the Louisiana Council for the Success of Black Men and Boys, will encourage young people who are never afraid to pursue their dreams.

“We believe innovation and creativity are the same,” said Michelle Jackson, event organizer and executive director of LifeSkills. “Meeting young people where they are and using their love of technology – smartphones, social media, gaming and music streaming – to help them create a real interest in the field, We can nurture a generation of technical leaders. Dee-1, Kentrice, and DJ Polo are good examples of the music, innovation, and creativity that the city is known for. We want to celebrate them and show how technology in their creative space. Used.

The festival will feature more than 20 interactive exhibits, including DXC Technology, LSU, Delgado Community College, Nunes Community College, Operation Spark, Zephyr Drone, Microsoft Tails Program, and Tulin University. There will also be a job fair, a speaker series, live wall painting by Shakespeare, live interviews hosted by Bayload Studios, video game competitions, food, prizes and music by DJ Polo.

The event is free to attend with pre-event registration at EventBret. The day will begin with the opening of the exhibition at 12:30 p.m. The speaker series will begin at 1 p.m. with 30-minute sessions hosted by Kelvin Gippson, Delgado Task Force IT Director, Mark Abanel, LSU Director of Digital Arts and Engineering, DXC Technology, Scientist Triva T. Brown, and Blacks in Technology (BIT). Also, guests can participate in video game competitions, enjoy local food trucks, and watch drone demonstrations by Zephyr Drones. The first 100 guests will receive free food vouchers and swag packs. Dee-1 will speak in the exhibition hall starting at 1:45 p.m.

The LifeSkills Foundation is a Louisiana nonprofit and small business grant recipient, designed to help manage the COVID-19 response and support efforts.

Tech2Talent will be held at the Mill Out Center located at 2301 Bailey Chase Highway, Gretna, LA. Guests are requested to register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tech2talent-career-festival-tickets-250074699157. For more information, contact Michelle Jackson at events@prsolutionsllc.org.

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