One Benefits the Many
I have been in tech since 2001 but interested in it my whole life. Most of the time I was One of the few, if not the Only one at the meeting. When I say One I mean, the only Black/African-American male in the group. For me there are two approaches to life. Live in Paranoia or Don’t. I decided not to live in Paranoia. Don’t spend time worrying about what people’s actions mean or could mean. Living Paranoia free I could "Move Forward”. Disregarding anything but the blatantly obvious racism and/or discrimination.
In 2013 it was pointed out that I was the only Black/African-American running online gaming conventions. Before Twitch was an itch I was recording long format video of people gaming online and showing it on YouTube. What I learned from that comment by a colleague was that I can be a role model for others. I haven’t won a Nobel peace prize, but I have given a few people more to think about. Young Black/African-American males might see me when they envision something no else like them is doing. It is hard to imagine doing something that no one like you is doing or has done. Until the Wright brothers invented airplanes flying was for the birds. Now people fly all the time and the world wouldn’t be the same without it.
What I try to do is not separate us by focusing on external things like color, gender, etc. Instead invite everyone and deal with the issues as they come.
He became a “gamer”, "skateboarder", “coder”, and lifelong tech enthusiast in High School; and is passionate about the importance and value of connecting young people to the world of technology at an early age – particularly youth in high needs and underserved communities. In his view, “communities of opportunity”. On a professional and personal level, his early introduction to the “tech world” has been transformative – resulting in a lifelong enthusiasm for continuous learning, sharing and deep engagement in the tech community.
A strong proponent for “STEAM” education – including the arts, design, graphics – (for many a creative gateway to the sciences and mathematics), Lewis (Tre’) is a technology professional with 15-plus years of experience providing computer support services in the fast-paced infrastructure business environment (transportation and water/sewer utility sectors).