Bridging the Tech Divide

Mission Bit Student Advisory Board hosted their 2nd Annual youth-led conference to inspire participants to explore the potential and possibility of a tech career. The conference was led by San Francisco youth for Bay Area youth and attended by over 40 high school students from throughout the Bay Area. Conference speakers included Verizon professionals from across the country. Watch more:

Community Partner Chat: Booker T. Washington Empowerment Network

One of the most rewarding aspects of our community engagement work is the opportunity to partner with many non-profit organizations and support innovative programs that help advance the diverse communities we serve.  In May 2020, we launched our Verizon Community Partnerships Initiative to celebrate community organizations supported by Verizon and highlight their important work. 

Today, we feature Sarah Washington O’Neal Rush, Founder, Booker T. Washington Empowerment Network.

Below we share a conversation on the tremendous legacy of Booker T. Washington, including his fight to receive an education, and how his memory can shape and inspire future generations.

Connection Across the Country

For Natalie Gupton, a strong network connection is vital to achieving her organization’s mission. AgSafe, which is a nationwide non-profit organization, provides practical health and safety education for the agricultural community – including webinars on critical issues impacting worker safety, human resources, pesticide safety, and food safety.

While AgSafe is headquartered in Modesto, California, Natalie’s role as Director of Business Services and Industry Relations is based in Louisville, Kentucky. Since she works remotely, she relies on a strong network connection to regularly communicate with co-workers in California as well as members of the agricultural community throughout the country.

According to Natalie, “5G will allow us to reach more people, and AgSafe will be able to utilize that technology to provide high quality education opportunities in that digital format.”

Through stronger, faster connections, 5G will help organizations like AgSafe, deliver on their efforts for the agriculture community.  

Tackling Urban Challenges Together

Based in San Francisco, UrbanLeap is a platform that works with local and regional governments around the country to provide the data and tools needed to create innovative solutions for urban challenges.

For many metropolitan areas, improvements can be made to transportation, waste and water management, public safety, and energy efficiency.

5G presents a great opportunity for cities, vendors, and platform collaborators like UrbanLeap to work in partnership and find innovate solutions to tackle local needs. UrbanLeap’s  Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Erez Druk thinks 5G is a “win, win, win situation.”

Check out the latest video from Faces of 5G and then click here to learn more about UrbanLeap.

Good to Tap, Open, and Go

Good2Go believes that technology can serve people’s everyday needs.

The first use case for this San Francisco-based company helps connect people to ADA compliant restrooms that are all-gender and equipped with baby changing stations.

Through Good2Go’s app, users can locate a restroom and then unlock and open the door. In addition to solving a need to find accessible restrooms, Good2Go is working with a local non-profit to help provide access to showers for the city’s homeless population.

Good2Go’s founder and CEO, Fran Heller, wants to scale her business and believes, “there’s no question that 5G will enable Good2Go to expand, scale, address a real, and everyday need, and solve it.”

Check out the latest video from Faces of 5G and then click here to learn more about Good2Go.

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