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Black Innovation Thrives in the UK Despite Low Minority Representation in Tech

The United Kingdom tech sector shares common characteristics with its U.S. counterpart: the industry is a shining beacon of cutting-edge innovation, home to several startup ‘unicorns’, and operates with a noticeable lack of minority representation in technical and leadership roles. Similar to Silicon Valley, the overused “pipeline problem” narrative in Britain suggests there are not …

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This Founder is Developing Wearable Tech for People Suffering from Neuromuscular Disorders

Courtney Williamson, Ph.D. is founder and CEO of AbiliLife, a tech company that engineers products for elderly and neurodegenerative patients.  Years ago, Williamson and her family took on the role as caregivers to her mother, Antoinette, after she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Her mother’s 25-year battle with the disease would become the inspiration for medical equipment providing support …

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This Former History Teacher Provides VR Field Trips for Children in Low-Income Communities

A year ago, Kai Frazier gave up her home and the life she knew in Washington, D.C. to pursue a social impact driven venture that would transform the way children in impoverished communities view history and culture through virtual reality. Nearly 3,000 miles from her comfort zone in the nation’s capital, Kai got to work in …

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The World Needed a New Biodegradable Plastic—We Discovered One at Tuskegee University

As summer of 2018 drew to a close, an ambitious sea voyage launched from San Francisco Bay.  The ship, outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, embarked on the North American start of the Great Ocean Cleanup, a multi-year-long nonprofit project that deploys a “passive” system of mile-long floating barriers along gyres, or a system of currents, to …

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‘Pose’ Star Angelica Ross is Amplifying the Voices of Transgender Tech Workers

Angelica Ross is determined. You can see her resolve in the groundbreaking FX series Pose, in which Ross plays Candy, an outspoken transgender woman commanding respect in the 1980s-inspired New York ballroom scene. The grittiness and street smarts required to make it in this cutthroat fictional world align with Ross’s real-life survival as a Black transgender woman. …

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Black Tech Conferences Offer a Lifeline in a Predominantly White Industry

We took a look at more than 15 annual Black tech conferences to understand if and how these niche conferences are shaping inclusive cultures within the tech industry.  The atmosphere is reminiscent of a Black college homecoming. Graphic tees splattered with affirmations like “Black Billionaire in the Making” are in abundance, music thumps throughout the …

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This Tech Company Is Trying to Help Homeless People Get IDs

For most of us, losing a photo ID is little more than a wasted afternoon at the local Department of Motor Vehicles. But for the 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans who experience homelessness every year, valid identification can be the difference between life and death. Applicants must prove their identities in order to access federal programs …

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Bias In Maternal AI Could Hurt Expectant Black Mothers

Giving birth in the United State can pose a fatal risk. This stark reality became evident to me immediately after I was discharged from a seven-week stay at a public hospital in Ohio, 34 weeks into my pregnancy. There, a team of doctors had monitored my fetus with an uncertain prognosis, constantly warning me of …

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These Formerly Incarcerated Entrepreneurs Are Trying to Keep People Out of Prison

When Teresa Hodge received a seven-year sentence for mail fraud, she vowed to become an expert on the prison experience. “I observed prison,” Hodge says. “I watched women come in, I watched women leave, and I watched some women come back.” She filled her days learning about those around her, their lives on the outside, …

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