Excerpts from WABW Tech Camp sessions
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    WABW Tech Camp

    Friending & bonding at the WABW Tech Camp


    There was something familiar about the woman who sat slightly to the left just in front of Lori Tharps. She tried to peer around the woman to take notice of her name tag. But she couldn’t see it. 

    At the front of the room, consultant Nicole Newman was explaining Facebook and the social phenomenon that it had become. All eyes and attention were on her when the rest of the 15 or more women in the room heard squeals and cheers.  

    Lori and the woman she had been spying – Annette John-Hall, a columnist with the Philadelphia Inquirer (shown speaking in the photo above) – had connected. They realized that they were Facebook friends! Just like many in Facebook land, they had friended each other but had never met.   

    Lori, an assistant professor at Temple University who has just completed her first novel and writes a blog, and her new friend were overjoyed. The thrill of sister-to-sister connecting permeated the room.   

    That’s the way it went Saturday at the first WABW Tech Camp in Philadelphia. Women who had never met before easily established connections, networked with each other, and found a place to learn technology tools they could use. The camp was sponsored by We Are Black Women (WABW) and Digital Delta Media, which are planning a series of similar camps next year.  WABW is a blog network for women over the age of 40. Digital Delta offers ways for companies to connect with their customers through uncomplicated means.

    The aim of Tech Camp is to offer a comfortable place for women to learn about technology, ask questions and get answers in small groups. That is exactly what happened Saturday: Feedback from the participants was very positive. The main suggestion for future camps: More hands-on, which co-organizers Sherry L. Howard of WABW and Akweli Parker of Digital Delta Media will build into the events.   

    The organizers also plan to expand Tech Camp. They will bring it to your group, church or business, creating  a special skills program that will have a positive impact in your organization. You can get more information by contacting Sherry Howard. 

    At the camp Saturday, excitement began to build even before the sessions started. The women got to know each other over bagels and muffins in the Joe First Media Center in Annenberg Hall at Temple University, where the camp was held. “I’m enjoying this already,” one woman was overheard saying as she made her way to the first session on blogging.   

    The group consisted of several artisans, including a quilter and a designer of leather goods; a woman who runs a homework club from her home; a former child-care provider; an event planner who after learning about the site Animoto figured out how she can cut out a middleman; a college student who is a poet, vocalist and youth specialist (who put us all to shame with all the activities she’s involved in), an Avon representative with her own web page who’s interested in finding ways to live better and a Temple professor whose interest is politics.      

    Each presenter at the camp offered tips and information on three subjects – blogging, free stuff on the web, social media. Click here for excerpts from the sessions.     

    What did the women take away from the sessions? Several said that they would create a blog, would join Facebook, build their brand on all platforms, use the information to help non-profits, and find find free photos and music on the web.  

    The camp ended with a small gift courtesy of the organizers. Each woman got to choose pieces from an array of costume jewelry that Sherry, who writes the blog Auction Finds, had picked up recently at one of her auctions. The stash – earrings, necklaces, tie tacks and brooches – were in a vintage Tupperware pitcher. It was such a hit that it will become the camp’s signature giveaway.      

    Here’s a slideshow of photos by Sirron Carrector from the camp. Please click on the first photo to start the slideshow.



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