ICYMI – How Technology Helps Communities Adapt (9/17 Virtual Event)

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important access to technology is in communities across America. From learning at home, to connecting with doctors, to video calls with loved ones, technology is keeping Americans connected.

On September 17, 2020, local community leaders from Baltimore, MD, Newark, NJ, and Washington, DC, discussed how their communities are leveraging technology to help manage the challenges of the pandemic, the role that it will play in addressing issues of social and racial justice, and how it could transform the ways we live and work.

Watch the full conversation and learn more about our speakers below!

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The New Normal: How Technology Helps Communities Adapt

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important access to technology is in communities across America. From learning at home, to connecting with doctors, to video calls with loved ones, technology is keeping consumers connected. Join US Tech Future and local community leaders from New Jersey, Baltimore, and Washington, DC for a conversation about how their communities are leveraging technology to help manage the challenges of the pandemic, the role that it will play in addressing issues of social and racial justice, and how it could transform the ways we live and work.

 

Featuring:

  • Mario Acosta-Velez, Director of State Government Affairs, Verizon

Participants:

  • Vivian Fraser, President and CEO, Urban League of Essex County – Newark, NJ
  • Elizabeth Lindsey, President and CEO, Byte Back – Washington, DC
  • Roxanne Fuentes, Executive Director, Harbel – Baltimore, MD

Learn more and register.

Verizon lanza Verizon Latino, una sección dedicada a la Música Latina en Apple Music

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. El mes de la Herencia Hispana comienza el 15 de septiembre y termina el 15 de octubre, Verizon celebra la diversidad y las contribuciones de los hispanos todos los días. Verizon está comprometido a brindar el mejor valor y entretenimiento a sus clientes hispanos en la red más confiable del país¹. Nos complace anunciar el lanzamiento de Verizon Latino Apple Music Room, una sección designada dentro de la plataforma Apple Music con las mejores listas de reproducción, videos y contenido de los artistas latinos más populares seleccionados exclusivamente para Verizon.

El contenido estará disponible a partir del 14 de septiembre y se actualizará con frecuencia para ofrecer a los usuarios acceso continuo a la música latina más nueva y popular. Además, los clientes de Verizon pueden obtener Apple Music, con más de 60 millones de sus canciones favoritas para reproducir o descargar y acceso a su biblioteca de música existente, gratis por 6 meses o incluido como parte de los nuevos planes ilimitados Mix & Match de Verizon wireless. Los clientes también tendrán acceso a las tres estaciones de radio de transmisión en vivo de Apple Music: Apple Music 1 (anteriormente Beats 1), que incluye los programas de radio de música latina ¡Dale Play! y La Fórmula, Apple Music Hits y Apple Music Country.

Ver el lanzamiento completo de Verizon.

Verizon Launches Verizon Latino, A Latin Music Destination On Apple Music

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — While Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15, Verizon celebrates diversity and the contributions of Hispanics every day. Verizon is committed to bringing the best value and entertainment to Hispanic consumers on the nation’s most reliable network1. We are pleased to announce the launch of Verizon Latino Apple Music room, a designated section within the Apple Music platform that houses the best playlists, videos, and content from fan favorite Latin artists curated exclusively for Verizon.

The content will be available starting September 14, and will be updated frequently to offer consumers on-ongoing access to the newest and most popular Latin music content. In addition, as part of the Verizon Mix & Match Unlimited plans, customers can get Apple Music, with over 60 million of their favorite songs to stream or download, along with access to their existing music library, either included or for 6 months on Verizon, depending on the plan. Consumers will also have access to Apple Music’s three live-streaming radio stations: Apple Music 1 (formerly Beats 1), home to Latin music radio shows ¡Dale Play! and La Fórmula, Apple Music Hits and Apple Music Country.

View full release from Verizon.

A New Age For Civic Engagement

The challenges the COVID-19 pandemic brought forth in healthcare, education, social services and the economy have been unprecedented; coupled with social justice movements across the country, the American conscience understands how civic engagement is more important than ever. Access to technology is critical to addressing these concerns and keeping everyone connected. Join US Tech Future and local leaders from California and Nevada for a conversation about how their communities are leveraging technology to help manage the challenges of the pandemic and foster civic participation to create positive change.

Learn more and register.

World Economic Forum: The Pandemic Is Making Autonomous Delivery The New Normal

Cough medicine, snacks, baking ingredients: Kelly Passek has shopping delivered weekly to her yard in Christiansburg, Virginia – by a drone.

The flying vehicle comes with little fuss, hovering briefly over her yard and letting down its package. “It’s very fast – even the noise you hear is no more than 30 seconds,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

View full article in World Economic Forum.

Empower Through A Strong Network

For Darrin Thomas, supporting South Carolina’s African American-owned businesses is a top priority. Through his Columbia, SC-based business, Black Pages South, his mission is “to educate, to enlighten, and to empower the minority and the African American community.”

Black Pages South is an online network of small businesses, consumers, and corporate partners, and it promotes the efforts of minority businesses to help expand their reach and impact.

According to Darrin, connectivity is key, and 5G “equates to speed and accessibility,” which will have “a profound impact” on the businesses he helps to promote.

As he reflects on how his businesses has evolved over nearly 30 years as well as the challenges put forth by the global pandemic today, he notes that in order to realize the possibilities with 5G, “the enhancements and investments we make now, will really determine where and what we will look like.” To that end, he encourages policymakers to think about “where they want to be 20 years from now?”

To learn more about Black Pages South, click here; and to watch Darrin’s Faces of 5G video, click here.

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