Diverse students display inventions at HBCU showcase

diverse students display inventions at hbcu showcase


Students present their talents as they pitch their innovations at the third annual HBCU Making & Innovation Showcase in Washington, D.C., in February 2020.PHOTO: MICHAEL J. COLELLA FOR AAASA social media platform for online education, a smart cane that warns visually impaired users of objects along their path, and a mobile app that connects customers to restaurants eager to distribute surplus food were just a few of the inventions that student innovators from historically black colleges and universities displayed at a recent showcase.The American Association for the Advancement of Science, with support from the National Science Foundation, hosted the third annual HBCU Making & Innovation Showcase in February 2020 in Washington, D.C. The event, held in conjunction with AAAS’s and NSF’s Emerging Researchers National Conference, brought together 80 students and faculty members from HBCUs for 2 days of interactive workshops and training on invention and entrepreneurship. The conference culminated with 18 teams of undergraduate and graduate students from 13 colleges and universities pitching their innovations.“Entrepreneurial thinking and an invention mindset are critical to address the challenges that affect communities around the world, and in our own backyards,” said Neela White, a project director in AAAS’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program. “As we look …



Meet the who’s who of local tech community builders: Philly’s 100 RealLIST Connectors

meet the who’s who of local tech community builders: philly’s 100 reallist connectors


What does Philly’s tech community look like and who helps build it?It’s something we pay attention to all year, but we’ve been taking a closer look during Community Building Month, especially as the definition of community has and will change due to the coronavirus pandemic and shift to remote work and virtual events.For the past four years, we at have been bringing you lists of promising startups in Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C. and Delaware. Last fall, we launched the inaugural lists of influential and impressive engineers. Now, we’re happy to introduce the next evolution in the RealLIST series: RealLIST Connectors, our roundup of folks working to build their local tech, entrepreneurship and innovation community by linking others with an eye toward future growth and inclusivity.In this list you’ll see many different initiatives that these leaders have started and organized, but there’s one thing that unites them: It’s not just about them. In the conversations we’ve had over the years, it’s become clear that they care about their city’s tech and business community, and about leaving it better for future generations.Many have had success at …


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Cincom Claire Oancea Joins IAMCP, Women in Tech Boards

cincom claire oancea joins iamcp, women in tech boards


Cincom Systems, Inc., a global supplier of enterprise software solutions and a Microsoft Dynamics partner, announces that as part of a push to work more closely with communities that make up the tech industry, Claire Oancea, Cincom Channel Manager, has joined the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) and Dynamic Communities’ Women in Tech boards.Recommended AI News: 5 Ways Smart Cities Can Defend Against PandemicsSusan Fine, Cincom Director of Channels and North American Sales, says, “Claire manages Channel Development for Cincom and understands the power we have to reimagine the way we can do business. Her experience is invaluable to our partners and customers, and we know it will be helpful to IAMCP and Dynamic Communities in this new digital business environment.”As part of the Women in Tech board, Oancea will help plan the yearly Community Summit, the top training and networking event across the globe for Microsoft Business Applications. This year the U.S. event will be held in Nashville, from October 6-9.Recommended AI News: 3 Steps To Channel Customer Feedback Into Product InnovationAccording to Tonya Anderson, Global Partner Program Manager for Dynamic Communities, “Our Women in Technology session for Community Summit will have some new and …


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South Bay by Jackie Pandemic Survival Guide May 28, 2020

south bay by jackie pandemic survival guide may 28, 2020


You may have heard that last week the Manhattan Beach City Council did some legal finagling that allowed retail shops to fully open with protective measures in place. The minute I heard that, I predicted neighboring cities would quickly follow suit and buck the county orders. Well, they didn’t have to, because a few days later the county announced that all retail could fully open. Coincidence? I think not. It wouldn’t look good for cities to blatantly ignore county mandates – or God forbid, have the county try to enforce them – so they bowed to the pressure. This is the powers-that-be attempt to save face and cast themselves in the role of hero by pushing up the re-opening time line. Listen, when you’ve got millionaires, billionaires and captains of industry alongside small business owners protesting in the streets and ignoring county and state directives, that poses serious questions to your authority. They finally recognized they had better listen to their constituents, else lose their power altogether. Government officials work for we, the people…. and we can never let them forget it.Anyway, there’s not much going on this week…. if it weren’t for all the valuable programs offered by Beach Cities …


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How I Work (from home): Brigitte Daniel on Instagram DJ parties and the digital divide

how i work (from home): brigitte daniel on instagram dj parties and the digital divide


This is’s How I Work series: Remote Edition, in which we ask some of Philly’s remote workers — seasoned and new — about their routines and tips for staying productive. If you’d like to be a part of this series, email us: Daniel is busy always: The Fairmount-based EVP of Fort Washington’s Wilco Electronic Systems and a SmartCityPHL Appointed Advisory committee member is also a multifaceted advocate for increased digital access and diversity in tech and entrepreneurship.Since the pandemic hit, she hasn’t slowed down her commitment to supporting women entrepreneurs — her org Mogulette takes up as many as 25 hours of her time per week — and keeping her family’s 40-plus-year-old cable company innovating.Daniel told about her new normal, including how she unplugs and how she’s thinking about closing the digital divide at a time when access to the internet “is life,” as she puts it.###You’re the EVP of Wilco Electronic Solutions, as well as an advocate for digital access. Give us a brief overview of what that means, and what your day-to-day work looks like? AdvertisementFor over 40 years, Wilco has been dedicated to providing …


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What is the AI adoption success formula? – JAXenter

what is the ai adoption success formula? – jaxenter


Artificial intelligence is no longer a mere tech buzzword but a driving force for many businesses. There are little to no doubts about AI’s unprecedented potential to provide value across verticals. Conversational systems, process automation tools, recognition and personalization systems, and predictive analytics are all the nascent use cases of AI actively probed right now.
Although AI is still considered to be a relatively immature technology, the business world is beginning to massively invest in custom software powered by AI. The recent study by Cognilytica called ‘Global AI Adoption Trends & Forecasts 2020’ indicates that 91% of the surveyed companies are planning to adopt AI in the next five years. According to the Global 2019 AI Survey by McKinsey, 63% of respondents report revenue increases due to AI adoption, while 44% point out cost savings driven by AI.
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The overall vector is clear – AI’s global mass adoption has already begun. Let’s look at the common hurdles of AI implementation and the steps that companies should take to mitigate the risks and successfully integrate AI in their products or operations.
AI implementation challenges and pitfalls
As with any other emerging technology, roadblocks …


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Appeals court sides with tech giants in activists’ lawsuit

appeals court sides with tech giants in activists’ lawsuit


In November 2018, Loomer handcuffed herself to the front doors of Twitter headquarters in New York after the company banned her. The company permanently suspended Loomer’s account, which had more than 260,000 followers, after she tweeted that Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, is “anti Jewish” and supports Sharia law.

Facebook also banned Loomer, who is running for a Florida congressional seat as a Republican.

Freedom Watch is a political interest group founded by attorney Larry Klayman, who named Black Lives Matter as a defendant in a lawsuit he filed in Texas after the 2016 sniper attack on Dallas police officers. Klayman also sued former President Barack Obama, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other political figures, accusing them of inciting a “race war” against police officers.

The lawsuit filed by Loomer and Freedom Watch also accused Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act and the District of Columbia Human Rights Act.

In March 2019, U.S District Judge Trevor McFadden said their suit raises “non-trivial concerns” but didn’t tie these concerns to viable legal claims.

The judge also rejected their discrimination claims that the online platforms …


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Here’s where 2020 Baltimore mayoral candidates stand on tech and entrepreneurship issues

here’s where 2020 baltimore mayoral candidates stand on tech and entrepreneurship issues


After a pandemic-prompted delay, it’s time to vote in Baltimore’s mayoral primary.With ballots due to be mailed by June 2, the election that will decide the party nominees for the city’s top job, as well as a host of other city government leadership roles. Winners advance to November’s general election. (Find complete ballot information for all races here.)As the year started, candidates attended forums and talked about the importance of this year’s election following the resignation of former mayor Catherine Pugh last year.It’s also an election where technologists and entrepreneurs could have a bigger collective voice than ever. It’s a time when a growing network of coworking spaces and new strategies emerging to attract capital are expanding the reach of scalable businesses into more neighborhoods. And with the city continuing recovery from a cyber attack and new energy to connect city agencies with technologists, a new period of civic tech organizing is coming into view.Then, in March, the pandemic arrived, bringing remote work and distance learning that exacerbated the digital divide and an economic downturn that laid bare the city’s disparities. And even as the city is facing tough …


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Lessons Learned: Advice for Those Seeking Careers in Technology – My TechDecisions

lessons learned: advice for those seeking careers in technology – my techdecisions


Saron Yitbarek, founder of CodeNewbie, never thought she’d break into the technology field, she told viewers of the virtual Red Hat Summit a few weeks ago. She was sharing her story as a woman in technology — a fact that still stands out in a field dominated by men.
The story and advice she shared is inspiring for the technology-interested of any gender, but let’s follow her career highlighting her experience as a woman in technology in the hopes of inspiring other young people to get involved.
Saron didn’t start her career in tech — rather, she pursued an undergrad degree in chemistry and pre-med. But she soon discovered what she really liked about that was learning how chemical processes worked. So she slowly came upon technology startups as a source of inspiration.
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“When I thought of tech, I thought of gamers in a basement eating Cheetos,” she says of her early beginnings looking into technology from a journalistic standpoint. “But Steve Jobs’ book looked at tech through the lens of a designer and a storyteller. I thought there might be a place for me in tech after reading that.”


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