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Abou Kone hails from Côte d’Ivoire, and is a self-described “mercenary-in-chief”. (No, not the real kind!)

Abou is a beast when it comes to coding. Front-end development with JS/jQuery is his specialty, and he’s recently gotten into developing mobile apps.

We talked about how Abou first got his spark for the web as a teenager in Dakar, his work with Coders4Africa, and why Africa will not miss the digital revolution. Enjoy!

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We’re finishing up HBCU Month by talking with the inspiring and unstoppable Glennette Clark.

She’s an experienced UX designer, and has founded two events: UXCamp DC and Mobile UXCamp DC. The Grio named her one of the top 10 Blacks in technology to look out for in 2013. She’s presented at SXSW and is currently pursuing her MBA in Strategic Design.

Learn more about what Glennette’s next move is in this week’s interview!

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HBCU Month continues with an interview with senior UX designer Eric Johnson, who I first heard about from Jole Simmons.

Eric’s worked for some big companies like Walmart, AOL, and Adobe, and he shared how his passion for design started at an early age. He dropped quite a few gems in this interview, so I think this is one you’ll definitely want to take notes on while listening!

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I’ve known Nicole Norwood online for a while now, so when I had the idea to do an HBCU month, she was first on my list.

Nicole is one half of the brother/sister duo known as Infinite Ink, a design and print shop in Jackson, MS, and she’s also a popular event photographer. (Chances are you’ve seen her work from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival!) On top of that, Nicole is a podcaster as well! I don’t know how she finds the time to do it all.

Learn more about Nicole and her latest project in this week’s interview!
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I had such a great time talking with Jole Simmons, a killer presentation designer who has done work for Facebook, Duarte Designs, The Creative Group, the National Association of Black Journalists, and Microsoft. And wouldn’t you know it — Jole and I had this conversation while he was on vacation! Talk about dedication!

Jole talked about his unconventional journey from a Hampton University grad working in advertising to a mid-career change that where he’s now best known as the “presentation guy”. We also talked about inspiration, mentoring, and the importance of racial diversity in the design field.

Also, don’t forget to enter to win one of two free tickets to Generate NYC! We’re announcing the winners on June 13!
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