Meet our Blockpreneur Dishaun Phillips — Technologist

“I was intimidated, I didn’t have anyone to tell me what I did or didn’t know”

He took an audio engineering course, and upon completing the course’s pre-test for software development, scored a 3% on the initial exam. That failure didn’t discourage Dishaun though, it just pushed him further. Today, Dishaun works as an audio engineer for Just Off Broadway Theatre, and mentors youth interested in getting involved in tech just like he once was. Dishaun also serves as the National Chair to the Society of Hispanic and Professional Engineers working with the NSA, US Marine Cyber Command, JP Morgan Chase, and others on innovation challenges and cybersecurity capture the flag challenges.

“Getting to be a part of the community more. I joined Quest for meetings at city hall, sat down with the Mayor’s team, got to give my opinion on opportunity zones, digital divide, workforce development, and opportunities to see what was going on in my city”

One example of this was Dishaun’s introduction to the Opportunity Zones project, spearheaded by the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, MO. Upon attending a meeting, Dishaun spoke up in a few of those meetings, sharing his perspectives as a Black man who grew up in the same areas and neighborhoods being discussed for the project.

“Being able to interact with the Block Knowledge classes firsthand, getting to meet the teachers, speakers, and students, all of those small pieces and relationships are the most important part.”

His involvement with tech and web development can be boiled down to his love for what he calls, “The Development Rollercoaster”.



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