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Food critic and TikToker Keith Lee, also known as “The People’s Champ,” has partnered with Microsoft to amplify Black restaurants further. Lee’s viral food reviews continue to highlight Black and African-American-owned restaurants, and he uses his platform to connect with worldwide food lovers. Striving to place community at the center of his partnership, he is teaming up with Microsoft to help restaurants future proof their businesses with their AI-powered tool Copilot. Lee Partners With Microsoft Lee has partnered with Microsoft to provide restaurateurs with AI tools to help their businesses

Microsoft Corp. and G42, a leading artificial intelligence firm from the United Arab Emirates, have unveiled plans to build a $1 billion geothermal-powered data center in Kenya.  This project marks the initial phase of a multiyear strategy to boost cloud-computing capacity in East Africa. Harnessing Geothermal Energy for Sustainable Development The data center will be constructed in Olkaria, an area rich in geothermal resources, making it an ideal location for a sustainable energy project.  G42 will lead the initial investment and oversee the facility’s construction. In its first phase, it

Microsoft Corporation has decided to close the engineering section of its Africa Development Center (ADC) in Lagos, just two years after its inception.  Economic Instability Leads to Closure The decision to shut down the ADC in Lagos adds to Nigeria’s broader economic challenges, including a persistent currency crisis, dollar shortages, and high inflation.  These factors have impacted business growth and diminished consumer purchasing power, prompting companies like Procter & Gamble, GSK, and Bayer to overhaul their African strategies. “Microsoft has decided to close the Africa Development Centre in Nigeria, and

Kiesha Garrison, a former Microsoft director, has launched ‘Hey, Black Seattle!’, a platform designed to bolster the African diaspora within the Seattle area.  Where Are All The Black People? ‘Hey, Black Seattle!’ is Garrison’s answer to the often-heard lament, “Where are all the Black people?”  “When people repeat the popular hyperbole “there are no Black people in Seattle,” they do so out of genuine frustration, but it is clear they are missing out on the important work of the deeply committed Black leaders here,” said Garrison. However, the city does have Black-led organizations, businesses,

The 2024 Allstate HBCU Legacy Bowl Career Fair is set to open doors of tech opportunities for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Scheduled for February 22nd and 23rd at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the event is specifically designed to bridge the gap between graduation and careers for HBCU students. Opening Avenues In Tech And Beyond The HBCU Legacy Bowl Fair is an initiative presented by the New Orleans Saints. The exclusive event is limited to juniors, seniors, and recent graduates (classes of 2022,

The representation of women and racial and ethnic minority groups has increased at all levels over the past five years at Microsoft, a report found. Microsoft has released its fifth annual Diversity and Inclusion Report. Microsoft described itself as more diverse today than ever before, stating that the data clearly shows they are driving a positive change. “Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential to Microsoft’s mission,” said Satya Nadella, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Microsoft, in the report. “We remain focused on increasing representation and strengthening our

Microsoft has appointed Sarah Bond as the president of Xbox. According to Black Girl Gamers, Bond is the first Black woman to hold such a role at a major multinational gaming company. Meet Sarah Bond Bond has been with Microsoft for almost seven years. In 2017, she joined the company as a Corporate Vice President of Gaming Partnerships and Business Development. While in this role, she led business development, partner management, and M&A for the Xbox Division while also being the executive sponsor of Blacks @ Microsoft Employee Resource Group.

Microsoft and the Harlem Globetrotters have unveiled the Harlem CODEtrotters, a new platform to bridge the educational gap within Black and Brown communities. The web-based platform and coding curriculum fuses basketball-themed programming with cutting-edge technology to teach Black and Latinx teenagers key skills in a culturally relevant way.  The Harlem Globetrotters Goodwill Ambassador Initiative Their aim includes advancing excellence in tech education while empowering Black and Brown youth communities. In August 2023, The Harlem Globetrotters launched its corporate social responsibility arm, the Harlem Globetrotters Goodwill Ambassador Initiative. The initiative aims

Black Tech Street has announced an alliance with Microsoft to transform the Oklahoma neighborhood of Greenwood, also known as “Black Wall Street,” into a national hub of Black talent and innovation.  Greenwood and Black Tech Street Greenwood is a historic freedom colony in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and had one of the most prominent concentrations of African American businesses in the United States during the early 20th century.  It was popularly known as America’s “Black Wall Street” but was burned to the ground in the Tulsa race massacre in 1921 by a white

Asmelash Teka Hadgu, the visionary behind startup Lesan, is changing the game for language translation, especially for Ethiopian Languages.  Acknowledging the limitations of popular translation systems like Google Translate and Facebook, Lesan is on a mission to create language-specific technologies.  Translating ‘low-resource’ Languages In an interview with Rest of the World, Hadgu explained that it has become urgent to create language-specific technologies because Google Translate and ChatGPT don’t fit the mark. AI translation models are known to be more accurate for ‘high-resource’ languages like English and Mandarin, and it was recently

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