- Emmy award winner 2011 “Best TV Show Host”
- Radio &TV Technology Talk show host, Journalist and Tech Reporter,
- Small Business Tech Advocate
- Youth Tech Motivator!
- Heard & Seen on: TODAY show, HLN, CNN, NPR, WYPR & SiriusXM
- Founder, TechTechBoom & Co-Founder, Urban Video Game Academy for Youth
Mario Armstrong–much like the technology he loves–has always been an amalgamation of many different things: radio, TV & online media personality, motivational speaker, public servant and social entrepreneur. At his heart, Armstrong wants to better people’s lives by educating them to leverage technology to enhance their personal and professional lives. Armstrong translates technology for the public and businesses, for tech enthusiasts and non-tech audiences, through his radio shows, TV segments, public speaking, print and online programs.
Mario covers the stories, headlines, business, issues, gadgets and news makers of the day. He entertains and educates audiences as to how technology impacts our society and businesses. He appears regularly on radio and TV; Mario is the Digital and Technology Commentator for HLN, CNN and NBC’s TODAY show. In addition, he has appeared on the Rachel Ray Show, Nate Berkus show, MPT, PBS and C-Span. In print, Mario recently started a quarterly column in Black Enterprise Magazine. On radio, Mario hosts the technology talk show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and is a technology contributor for NPR’s Morning Edition and Tell Me More programs.
Before his media career, Armstrong worked in the tech industry for 12+ years and was the first Chief Technology Officer in Baltimore City government for then Mayor, Martin O’Malley. Armstrong also served as the IT Director for the State of Maryland’s Tourism Department. In addition, Armstrong was one of six chosen in the United States to be a part of a Technology Delegation to meet with tech entrepreneurs in Seoul Korea to discuss new international business partnerships between the United States and South Korea.
Additionally, Mario is considered a social entrepreneur as he is super passionate about influencing, engaging and educating youth to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) academics, careers and entrepreneurship. Mario worked directly with teenagers to develop and design an online youth tech social network called TechTechBoom.com. This company will morph kids from passive users of cell phones and laptops into the next generation of digital scientists, innovators and activists by increasing their interest and knowledge in STEM. Armstrong is also a co-founder of the Urban Video Game Academy–an educational non-profit program that uses the allure, interactivity and development process of video games to increase students’ interest and academic achievement in STEM. The program has been featured in USA Today, on CNN & in Newsweek magazine. His voice is featured in a fun and educational video game entitled, “SpaceStation Sim,” developed by Vision Video games for NASA.
Mario has been recognized as:
Emmy award winner for “Best TV show Host” – 2011
“Daily Record VIP List” Successful before 40
“The Root 100” recognized in the top 100 people alongside actor Nick Cannon, Pro-Athlete Lebron James, Musician and Producer Wyclef John and Singer John Legend
“Top 40 under 40” Emerging Leaders – Baltimore Business Journal
“Modern-Day Technology Leader” – Career Communications Group
“Best Technology Guru” City Paper, Best of Baltimore
“Best Cable TV Host”- Beacon Award Winner
One of Baltimore’s “Top 25 Young Rising Stars” – Baltimore Times
“Service Above Self Award” – Rotary Club of Maryland
“Technology Advocate of the Year” – Urban League
Hope for Today, Visions for Tomorrow award – Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland