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Listen to the voices of these 10 Black Baltimore technologists right now

listen to the voices of these 10 black baltimore technologists right now

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It’s a time to create space, and listen.Amid large-scale civil unrest sparked by police violence and systemic racism, it’s a time to meet the moment. There’s the action of raising a voice, donating money if you can and, if you’re a Baltimore resident, voting.But, as leaders from Baltimore Corps and other local innovators often say, the people who are closest to the problem are the best positioned to figure out the solutions.When it comes to racism, that starts with amplifying Black voices.In a majority-Black city, it’s not a surprise that there is no shortage of such voices to follow. We’ve learned a lot from them in recent years.And we’re thinking a lot about those lessons now. This month was already Racial Equity in Tech Month in Technical.ly’s editorial calendar. As if that wasn’t reason enough, this weekend and this moment further reminds how important it is to support perspectives and messages from Black people. And it’s important to amplify their work, too: As we saw in Baltimore after the uprising that followed Freddie Gray’s funeral in 2015, working to end systemic racism also means …

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Venture firms rush to find ways to support Black founders and investors

venture firms rush to find ways to support black founders and investors

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As protests against police brutality and economic manifestations of systemic racism in the U.S. continue, venture capital firms are joining the chorus of technology industry advocates lending their support to the cause.
For the past three days, technology company executives and the investors who backed them have issued statements of support for the protests and the Black Lives Matter movement. Firms like Benchmark, Sequoia, Bessemer, Eniac Ventures, Work-Bench and SaaSTR Fund founder Jason Lemkin all tweeted in support of the cause and offered to take steps to improve the lack of representation in their industry.
But some Black entrepreneurs and investors are questioning the motivations of these firms, given the weight of evidence that shows inaction in the face of historic inequality in the technology and venture capital industry.
“The way to find, hire and fund black people in the tech world is the same as finding, hiring and funding any other group. You build relationships with people in that group, you seek out thought leaders from the community and learn from them, you tell your hiring and investing teams that there’s a hole in the fund’s expertise stack and you fill it. It’s not about …

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Capital Factory Launches 100K Challenge for Tech Startups

capital factory launches 100k challenge for tech startups

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Capital Factory, which calls itself “the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas,” has opened applications for the Human Performance Investment Challenge, which will close on June 28.
The finalists will be judged by a panel of entrepreneurs, defense industry leaders, and venture capitalists with $100,000, which will be awarded by Capital Factory on a convertible note, and a “new home” at Capital Factory’s Center for Defense Innovation on the line, according to a blog post.
The challenge will take place on July 15 during the first-ever Fed Supernova virtual conference, which is a “first-of-its-kind interactive experience” bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, and thought leaders in the defense industry, according to the post.
The two-day conference will also include keynotes, lightning talks, “Epic Office Hours,” and panel discussions. Army Futures Command’s Innovation Combine and xTechSearch programs have partnered with Capital Factory for the event.
To qualify for the Human Performance Investment Challenge, a tech startup must be based in the United States and developing hardware and/or software applications that improve a person’s physical or cognitive capabilities. You can apply for the challenge here.
Capital Factory’s Center for Defense Innovation
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Want to explore a real haunted house? Best virtual reality tours to try at home

want to explore a real haunted house? best virtual reality tours to try at home

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Like everyone else in the world, you’ve probably had to put off your travel dreams and getaway destinations until this pandemic blows over.Some of us have resorted to catching livestreams, others dove into gaming to “explore” other worlds. But for those who want a more in-depth experience, you might want to consider another option: A virtual reality (VR) tour.

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The advantage of a VR tour is that it provides much more in terms of experience than a straightforward livestream. When it comes to the latter, you can’t control the feed, but with VR, you’re the virtual master of your own universe (or at least what’s shown onscreen, that is)We’ve cobbled together some of the most interesting ones you can experience for yourself. And the best part is – you don’t have to buy any goggles or gadgets.CLIMB UP EVEREST BASE CAMP, NEPAL

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Few Singaporeans have ever made it to the top of Everest – it’s a dangerous feat that requires intense physical training and mental fortitude. Those looking for a more straightforward – but still difficult – experience, go up to the base camp instead.If you’ …

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Women’s Basketball Renovation Update

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June 2, 2020 THE FLATS – Construction has begun on Georgia Tech women’s basketball team area renovation project at McCamish Pavilion.Funding for the project was completed during the 2019-20 season with construction tabbed to begin during the current offseason, thanks to contributions from several benefactors, including a lead gift from Steve and Judy Zelnak last August. The Yellow Jackets’ team area renovation includes a brand-new locker room, hydrotherapy area, nutrition station and other team spaces and is expected to be completed before the 2020-21 season.Phase one of the renovation began in mid-May with demo of the current space. The project is led by DPR with assistance from Georgia Tech’s design and construction department. Women’s Basketball Renovation 2020 Women’s basketball team area renovation begins in May 2020 RELATED HEADLINES

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Warrington surgeon carries out virtual reality surgery on ITV’s Loose Women

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A TOP Warrington surgeon has carried out simulated surgery on four TV presenters following a request from ITV’s Loose Women to do a ‘virtual reality makeover’ on the show.

Consultant Gerard Lambe, who is based at the Spire Hospital in Stretton, is one of the first surgeons in the UK to introduce simulated surgery using state of art virtual reality technology.

The show approached Mr Lambe to carry out the fun transformations as the panelists were curious to see how they would look with a few tweaks using his new tech.

Mr Lambe, who leads the Reflect Clinic, is widely regarded as one of the UK’s top surgeons is a spokesperson for industry body BAAPS, agreed and the fun makeovers were given a major feature on the show last week.

The 47-year-old carried out a virtual eye-lift on presenter Andrea McLean and a facelift on Colleen Nolan.

Panellists Brenda Edwards and Jane Moore received youthful aesthetic treatments including ‘virtual Botox’.

Gerard has embraced the exciting technology in response to Covid-19 restrictions which do not allow for any in-person consultations or non-essential surgery at present.

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Visualizing Layoffs at Prominent Startups Triggered by COVID-19

visualizing layoffs at prominent startups triggered by covid-19

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COVID-19 has brought the world to a halt—but after months of uncertainty, it seems that the situation is slowly taking a turn for the better.
Today’s chart measures the extent to which 41 major economies are reopening, by plotting two metrics for each country: the mobility rate and the COVID-19 recovery rate:

Mobility IndexThis refers to the change in activity around workplaces, subtracting activity around residences, measured as a percentage deviation from the baseline.
COVID-19 Recovery RateThe number of recovered cases in a country is measured as the percentage of total cases.

Data for the first measure comes from Google’s COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports, which relies on aggregated, anonymous location history data from individuals. Note that China does not show up in the graphic as the government bans Google services.
COVID-19 recovery rates rely on values from CoronaTracker, using aggregated information from multiple global and governmental databases such as WHO and CDC.
Reopening Economies, One Step at a Time
In general, the higher the mobility rate, the more economic activity this signifies. In most cases, mobility rate also correlates with a higher rate of recovered people in the population.
Here’s how these countries fare based on the …

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A new galactic center adventure in virtual reality

a new galactic center adventure in virtual reality

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By combining data from telescopes with supercomputer simulations and virtual reality (VR), a new visualization allows you to experience 500 years of cosmic evolution around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

This visualization, called “Galactic Center VR”, is the latest in a series from astrophysicists, and is based on data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes. This new installment features their NASA supercomputer simulations of material streaming toward the Milky Way’s four-million-solar-mass black hole known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). The visualization has been loaded into a VR environment as a novel method of exploring these simulations, and is available for free at both the Steam and Viveport VR stores.
The researchers modeled winds from 25 very bright and massive objects known as Wolf-Rayet stars, which permeate the central few light years of the galaxy as they orbit Sgr A*. Wolf-Rayet stars produce so much light that they blow off their outer layers into space to create supersonic winds. Watch as some of this material is captured by the black hole’s gravity and plummets toward it.
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Dental Startup Overjet Raises $7.85M Seed Round

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Massachusetts-based startup Overjet raised $7.85 million in a seed round to bring data-driven care to dental practices.
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For the past decade or so, dentists have been looking at financial data to understand what was happening in their practice, CEO Wardah Inam said. But by analyzing clinical data, she said, dentists get a better, more complete picture of their practice.
“I kind of got into it more from the patient care perspective, but what we realized was the technology we’re building has an impact on the dental industry, whether it’s insurance (companies) or dental organizations,” Inam said.
The company’s core is computer vision–using deep learning on dental images and data science to connect the imaging data with other dental practice data.
Overjet looks at clinical data, such as what procedures were done and what outcome was achieved. For example, Overjet could look at an x-ray and determine if a treatment is needed or not.
Some large insurance carriers use Overjet, along with large dental practice groups (groups of 300-plus practices) and smaller dental practice groups, Inam said. She declined to name customers, but noted that the company has millions of members.
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Virtual Reality: Cooking Classes, Demos Head Online | Gourmet Insider Magazine

virtual reality: cooking classes, demos head online | gourmet insider magazine

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Cooking classes are an integral part of most independent gourmet housewares stores. The classes help create an experience, something that consumers crave. It also positions these shops, and those who work in them, as experts in cooking, baking, mixology and other home entertaining practices.
Most importantly, classes help independent store owners and employees become familiar with the local community and its patrons, enabling them to treat customers to a personalized shopping opportunity.
However, as COVID-19 concerns grew and social distancing orders were put into place, cooking classes fell by the wayside. Many retailers were feeling the pinch from the revenue stream cooking classes brought in, while also reeling from the loss of marketing opportunities, potential new customers and add-on sales. But, as luck would have it, technology allowed many independent store owners to take their cooking classes online via Facebook, Instagram and even Zoom.
Monique Moshier, co-owner of The Happy Cook in Charlottesville, VA, said that soon after the state’s governor mandated social distancing orders, she and husband Steve Belcher got to work creating online cooking classes through web service Zoom.
“A massive amount of people were encouraging us to do this, so we looked into what would work …

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