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By Diamond 5:25 pm January 5, 2015 Angelica Ross is the founder of Trans Tech, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to “to educate, employ & empower people in the LGBTQIA community with a focus on trans.”

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Princeton graduate creates app for Chicago Public School students

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:52 am October 20, 2014 A 2013 Princeton University grad student has created a new mobile app that is sure to inspire students to want to achieve higher grades. Trevor Wilkins, who also attended Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago, created Küdzoo, an app that brings businesses and schools together with the […]

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Report: people of color have tech degrees, they just don’t get hired

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:24 pm October 13, 2014 Top universities turn out twice as many black and Latino computer science and computer engineering graduates than the rate at which leading tech companies hire them, according to a USA Today analysis. The companies say the pool of job applicants is to blame for the severe shortage […]

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Chicago police announce early stages of body camera program

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:37 am September 3, 2014 Police departments across the country are using body cameras on its officers and that technology could soon come to Chicago. The department cites conflicting stories between citizens and police officers during encounters as a reason for the body cam pilot program.

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Teens create mobile app to help citizens monitor law enforcement conduct

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:12 pm August 14, 2014 14-year-old high school freshman Caleb Christian grew concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news. He knew that while there were bad cops out there, good police officers also existed in various parts of the country. The problem was that he had no […]

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Google exec calls this 20-year-old ‘the best technology reviewer on the planet’

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:28 pm August 7, 2014 20-year-old Marques Brownlee is “the best technology reviewer on the planet.” It’s true. Especially when it comes to explaining new technologies to the average consumer. In fact, Brownlee’s reviews are so good that Google VP Vic Gundotra even recognized him. 

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Former NASA employee launches diversity-filled emoji app

By BYP @blackyouthproj 4:19 pm July 25, 2014 Emojis have changed how we communicate emotions via text and social media during conversations. The ongoing complaint has been that the popular emojis designed by Apple and other major corporations do not reflect the diversity of the world. Well one former NASA employee has changed that. 

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Like other companies, Twitter also comes up short on diversity

By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:43 am July 25, 2014 Twitter is the latest company to confirm that the field of technology isn’t diverse. The company released a statistical breakdown of the genders and ethnic backgrounds of its employees, and like many companies, the “diversity report” does not live up to its name. 

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Google to offer women and people of color free coding lessons

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:10 am July 1, 2014 Ever since Google unveiled its numbers in terms of diversity regarding its work staff, the company has been making an effort to fix the lack of women and people of color in its offices. Just 17% of Google employees are women, but a new initiative is seeking […]

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African developer creates first black emojis


By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:43 am April 2, 2014 Following complaints that different races are not represented in the current set of emojis, an African company has released the first set of black digital faces.  Oju Africa launched the collection of 15 faces this week in the face of criticism of Apple’s lack of diversity. 

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