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Kumba Kpakima

Ernst & Young (EY) Metaverse Lab has announced that it will showcase Ancestral Archives, an interactive AI-enabled art installation created by artist-in-residence Josie Williams to spotlight the work of historic Black leaders. The EY Metaverse Lab program brings together artists and engineers to explore some of the world’s most challenging issues. For example, Williams is a creative and ‘afro-futurist’ working to combat bias and social injustice.  Developed in collaboration with EY Metaverse Lab and NEW INC, the metaverse art installation will leverage Williams’ digital experience to showcase how AI and the metaverse can

TikTok-owner ByteDance has launched a new app called Lemon8 that is helping some content creators monetize their work. What is Lemon8?  Lemon8 is a social media app centered around lifestyle and community. The content-sharing platform has been designed to help creators monetize their work and reach a wider audience. The picture-based app, described as a fusion of Instagram and Pinterest, first launched in Japan in 2020 and is now available to download in several countries.  To help the platform’s expansion, ByteDance has decided to start paying creators to post on the

Comcast NBCUniversal has given a $2 million grant to The Hidden Genius Project to help advance their commitment to advancing digital equity.   The Hidden Genius Project, launched by Brandon Nicholson, is committed to eradicating the obstacles against young Black boys by providing them with training and mentorship.  The grant marks the extension of Comcast’s seven-year partnership with The Hidden Genius Project, which has helped them expand their programmatic, volunteer, and outreach work across communities.  “Our continued partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal will equip us to engage even more Black youth with the skills, experiences,

Four-time NBA champion Stephen Curry has partnered with AI platform Simplicity to help increase the quality of life for city-dwellers across the country.  Simplicity is an AI-driven platform offering a one-stop shop for everything happening in a city. Through cutting-edge technology, Simplicity aims to simplify government services, streamline communication, and enhance cities’ relationships with local communities.  The platform is already in operation in over 30 major cities across the US, from New York City to Austin and Los Angeles to Cleveland and more.  Curry’s involvement with Simplicity is a natural extension of

Student-focused platform America On Tech (AOT) has been awarded a one-time grant from Michael Jordan and Jordan Brands’s $100 million Black Community Commitment (BCC) to help expand their work across cities.   To celebrate Michael Jordan’s 60th birthday, the Jordan Brand awarded $2.3M to 48 organizations, to help create racial equity. America On Tech happened to be one of those, the platform founded in 2014 by Jessica Santana has spent years working to help Black and brown students elevate their careers. “Creating more equitable futures for Black people starts with an

In an ideal world, the development of AI will come with no added biases. But, unfortunately, this is not the case.  As many organizations look to find a solution to AI bias, reports suggest bringing more Black women into data science will help eliminate this issue – but is it true? Diversifying data science If the developers behind AI systems look, sound, and share the same life experiences, how can we expect to have a tool reflective of society? Novelist Chimamanda Adichie touched upon this when highlighting the dangers of “a single

Like many tech hubs worldwide, Germany has experienced challenges around diversity, especially within the tech space. Nakeema Stefflbauer is working to make the German tech scene more diverse and inclusive through her latest initiative, FrauenLoop. Through the program, the native New Yorker has spent the past couple of years in Berlin, helping women upscale their skills in tech. Stefflbauer opened up about her journey from New York to Berlin and the many challenges that led her to launch her initiative. The founder, who held many tech positions before her life in Berlin, is

According to reports, Black and brown people are taking up space in 1 out of 5 corporate boards for the first time.  As companies push to get more diversity from top to bottom, corporate boards see more diversity, with racial and ethnic minorities holding 20% of all board seats. In an ISS Corporate Solutions Inc. study, Black directors now hold 8.3% of all board seats, a significant jump from just 4.4% four years ago. In addition, the number of board seats held by white directors fell by 9%, with white people now

Onu, founded by Lindsey Redd and Chine Ikoro, is a developer-first program designed to help engineers have a smoother workflow.  The platform – yet to be launched – allows engineers to quickly turn their ops/CV-related scripts and workflows into internal tools without requiring frontend work.  Redd and Ikoro are software engineers who met five years ago while working at Lyft and Stripe. The pair who are now YC founders started the initiative after experiencing first-hand how difficult it can be to operate in a fast-moving environment without internal tooling.  Companies like Stripe have

Mohammed Shirmohammadi – also known as “Mo” – is the 18-year-old founder of the non-profit organization Code Can Bridge. The initiative is actively working to make coding accessible to all students, regardless of socioeconomic status or abilities. Shirmohammadi – the brains behind the platform – has always been labeled a go-getter. In an interview with Forbes, the entrepreneur shared his long-term vision of leaving an everlasting dent in the universe, driven by technology.  “Computer science is so impactful. We live in a world that’s basically computer-driven, and things are becoming more and

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