The animation industry truly began it’s “revolution” in the late 1960s when more and more animated films were produced and released in the public. You’d think it would be the “Walt-Era” when Disney films were being released as the years went by but so many other companies besides Disney were keeping up as well. Regardless, many people found opportunity to find jobs in the animation industry.
June 22nd 1935 in Santa Barbara, California was the day the first African-American animator was born. His name is Floyd Norman. Currently 86 years old but still very active in the animation industry. What made him join the industry was him watching old Disney movie classics such as Bambi & Dumbo. Early in his career he started as an inbetweener or also known as“Tweenening” animator. This means when an animator adds frames so the final animation is more “smooth” and fluid. Eventually he moved on to work as key animator for notable motion pictures such as Disney’s Sleeping Beauty & Disney’s One Hundred and One Dalmatians. He may have been an animator of color but he like many others had to start somewhere in the early and every growing industry.
Another few examples of African Americans in the animation industry are Frank Braxton who has done key animation for a handful of Charlie brown TV specials and LeSean Thomas who at first started off as an animator, in later years has opened his own animation studio in the eastern countries and created/produced & directed a handful of original anime series such as Cannon Busters & Yasuke. These men of African American decent have made their mark on the animation industry no matter the genre.
What is SpringBoard? SpringBoard provides Technology Training & STEM Workshops for Youth and Adults. We are also a Co-Working and Virtual Offices Spaces for startup companies as a way to reduce the overhead cost associated with creating a new business. We provide a modern facility with comfortable working stations and collaborative areas for team or customer meetings. That is our core business.
SpringBoard is unique to other incubators because we also provide value add workshops that guides and teaches our SpringBoard startups’ a lean approach to creating and running a startup company. Our approach puts the emphasis on creating value. We will teach our entrepreneurs how to create and deliver that value at the point of use. Where it is most needed.
The programming, events and workshops you can expect from SpringBoard will be focused on active building instead of passive lecturing. We will emphasize creating prototypes and bring it to market over less agile or motionless models.
Why is our method better? First starts with the understanding that we are living it the most ubiquitous era of Technology at any time in previous years. It is pervasive, and omnipresent. And the rate of change continues to accelerate to the point of surpassing Moore’s Law. Therefore, if we are not capturing the power behind technology and using it as a vehicle to drive our business we will quickly become irrelevant. Let’s be clear, consuming technology and leveraging technology are two different things. It is part of a larger concept called Digital Transformation. You can think of Digital Transformation a profound and accelerating change of business activities, processes and business models for an organization. Think of it as a systematic method that will new revenue streams globally. Transformation
To summarize, SpringBoard is the answer to the questions: Where do good ideas come from?
Kadeesha Cox – SpringBoard Incubators Inc.,
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 – 10am – 4pm
As I walked through the Google building, I wasn’t sure what to expect in regard to the activities taking place for the day. Yet as we reached the Black Girls Code Office, I was immediately greeted with an eye-catching, yet comfortable atmosphere. After signing in, we had an introductory meeting with the CEO and co-founder of SmartGurlz, Mrs. Sharmi Albrechtsen and we were able to get some information on the background of SmartGurlz and the Siggy robot. She then prepared us for the day by equipping each volunteer with an iPad and a Siggy doll of color and split the girls into about 6 groups as group leaders. When the female participants, ages 7-12 arrived, they had some trouble mingling at first, as most young girls do, but after being placed in their groups according to age and getting a siggy in front of them, they quickly changed what was once a quiet, separated room.