Breaking my CuteGeek Virginity

HHHEEELLLLOOOO Cute Geekers! (and non-Cute Geekers, too)

I am Zenia Duran and I was graciously invited by mama cutegeeker to come on board on this amazing project of increasing the volume of the female’s voice in the tech world. I love being a female and I love technology, therefore, I just couldn’t resist so here I am. I’ve been waiting for the perfect time, and way, to introduce myself and found my inspiration … I even came up with a title:                       Big People Changing Small People’s Lives                     

                      "What the world needs now is love, sweet love                       It's the only thing that there's just too little of..."                                           -Dionne Warwick, ”What the World Needs Now is Love”

She’s celebrating 50 years in show business and songstress Dionne Warwick has sang many love songs during her career but today she was able to show a lot of love. With the help of Hewlett Packard, Warwick donated a technology lab to her alma mater currently known as the Dionne Warwick Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship, located in East Orange, NJ. I was given the opportunity by Jim Christensen, Director of HP Media Relations, to witness the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the smiles of elementary students light up.

HP and its partners Adobe, Atomic Learning and Microsoft collaborated with Warwick to donate the following products to the school: HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-One Business PCs, HP Mini 100e Education Edition netbook PCs, HP TouchSmart 9100 Business PCs, HP camcorders, Adobe Digital School Collection, Atomic Learning Professional Development courses for teachers, Microsoft Office 2010. To the surprise of the administration, teachers, students and Mrs. Warwick herself, HP customized the HP Mini 100e Education Edition netbook PCs by embossing the school’s name and logo on each one. Students, along with their teachers, filled the cafeteria with applause and screams of excitement and appreciation in welcoming their personalized gifts.

Being a teacher myself, I was moved to see that big people have not forgotten about the little ones. I always was a fan of Hewlett Packard (own a HP Printer and Laptop), but they got an extra gold star from me when I saw their high executives spend one-on-one time with the kids.