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Developers, engineers, data scientists and civic technologists from the San Antonio community are being asked to collaborate for a team competition to discover solutions for issues encompassing transportation, access to city services and sustainability. 

A three-day competition will be held Oct. 19-21 to determine the final team winners, solutions and prizes. The final seven teams will compete throughout the weekend and present to a SmartSA judging panel for a chance to win up to $15,000 and a potential contract with the SmartSA partners, which include CPS Energy, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Water System, VIA Metropolitan Transit and the city of San Antonio.

The competition, which is called “The SmartSA Datathon” is powered by CivTechSA and launched Sept. 14. Team submissions will be due on Friday, Sept. 28, and finalists will be selected on Oct. 5.

The three key requests for data solutions include:

Transportation: As more people move to San Antonio, the need for reliable and affordable transportation options increases. A need exists to find new insights to improve rider experience, affordability and increase ridership.

Access to Services: As part of the SmartSA goal to create an inclusive and connected San Antonio, the existing need is to find overlaps in SmartSA services in order to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of services to residents.

Sustainability: From environmental and conservation efforts, the SmartSA partners have a goal to identify sustainable and resilient strategies to meet the challenges of our rapidly growing San Antonio area population; how to continuously improve the quality of life for residents; and support residents as the City grows and changes.

For more details, visit: https://www.civtech-sa.com/datathon/.

 

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Getting Blacks Back To Work

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Unemployed African Americans Can Upload Their Resumes to BlackJobs.com

The global COVID-19 pandemic has all Americans feeling financially burdened, but more African Americans are being affected as there are currently more than 20 million unemployment claims across the country. Experts say that Black unemployment could eventually be as high as 30%, but one web site, BlackJobs.com, is helping to solve the problem.

The web site easily allows qualified job seekers to connect with employers who are committed to diversity hiring. The site allows users to easily upload the resumes for free, and even link their resume with their existing LinkedIn account.

But are there really jobs available?

Yes! Although there has been an exponential loss of jobs in the past month, there are still new job opportunities being created daily. In fact, the demand for work-from-home professionals has skyrocketed due to social distancing mandates. There are also many new customer support-related positions on the rise, as well as jobs in healthcare, higher education, off-site IT, delivery services, etc.

BlackJobs.com, which is free to use for those who are unemployed, is an immediate solution to the drastic loss of jobs and Black unemployment in general.

Other job boards for African Americans to consider using include HBCUConnect.com and Diversity Job Board

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Microsoft to Partner With Huge HBCU Hiring Event For Software and IT Professionals

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Nationwide — HBCU Connect and Microsoft have partnered to offer an amazing opportunity to  software engineering professionals. On February 13th, the two companies will host a special Recruitment and Networking Reception in Dallas, Texas for HBCU grads turned tech professionals interested in working for Microsoft.

At the event, participants will learn more about Microsoft and converse with Microsoft recruiters and hiring managers with the unique opportunity for candidates to land next day interviews on the 14th followed by same day job offers!

Event Date: Thursday, February 13th, 2020 – with next day interviews and offers on the 14th
Event Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Location: Dallas, Texas – Exact location provided with confirmed registration

Microsoft has hundreds of openings for software engineers and technical program managers, so whether you are a coder or have progressed into program management with a background in software engineering, you really need to make it to this event! Microsoft offers a great work atmosphere, great pay and benefits, crazy room for advancement, and a progressive work environment.

The team behind the event is Microsoft “COSINE”, which stands for Core Operating System and Intelligent Edge technology. As a part of the Microsoft Cloud + AI division, the COSINE organization delivers technologies and solutions that establish the OS platform foundation across Microsoft’s everchanging product lines.

The COSINE organization within Microsoft would like to hire as many Software Engineers and Technical Program Managers as possible from the HBCU Connect hiring event. So, if you have experience developing code in C++, Java, C# or other modern programming languages, or you used to write code but now have years of experience as a program manager, you should register to attend this event.

While most of the opportunities will be at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, WA, Microsoft offers a very competitive salary and relocation package for potential employees. Microsoft also has a thriving community of Black professionals, many of which are part of their long-standing employee resource group called Blacks at Microsoft (BAM).

This is a very unique opportunity for software professionals to get their foot in the door at Microsoft.

How to register:
Space is limited! Submit your resume and contact information at www.hbcuconnect.com/resumes or email your resume to rsvp@hbcuconnect.com

Companies interested in discussing the execution of similar events, and/or leveraging HBCU Connect in support of their diversity hiring strategies, should contact us at events@hbcuconnect.com.

For individuals interested in attending future events hosted by HBCU Connect, register at www.hbcuconnect.com/resumes.

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Leader In Fostering Diversity

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TV ONE NAMED AMONG TOP COMPANIES FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR BY COUNTRY’S LEADING ORGANIZATION FOR DIVERSITY IN THE COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY 

TV One was recently named one of the Top Companies of 2019 for People of Color by the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), the premiere organization focusing on cultural diversity, equity and inclusions in the communications industry. As announced by NAMIC, TV One was among the top five programmers and is recognized as a leader in fostering diversity and inclusion in the cable and communications industry. The findings were gleaned from the 2019 NAMIC AIM Report which ranked the top five operators and top five programmers.  “It is an honor for TV One to be recognized by NAMIC as a leading company for diversity,” said TV One General Manager Michelle Rice. “We strongly believe diversity and inclusion are key business imperatives that cultivate a positive work environment for our employees to thrive. We will continue to invest and employ programs and strategies to retain and recruit both a dynamic and diverse workforce.”

Other top programmers ranked by NAMIC include AMC Networks, CBS Corporation, NBCUniversal and Revolt Media & TV; top operators include Altice USA, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications and Mediacom Communications Corporation. 

“Building a diverse talent pool not only is the right thing to do, but also is essential for driving bottom-line results,” said NAMIC President and CEO A. Shuanise Washington. “These 10 companies are leading the way in adopting successful diversity and inclusion strategies that ensure we embrace differences and more accurately reflect the representation of our industry stakeholders as well as today’s workforce.” 

Funded by the Walter Kaitz Foundation and conducted by Mercer, the survey captured organizational workforce demographics, diversity practices, non-traditional employee benefits, and other indicators of corporate commitment to diversity and inclusion. The survey also gathered information that enabled the creation of industry-wide Internal Labor Market (ILM) maps showing the workforce dynamics – hires, promotions, and exits – of people of color in the industry. Data is being used to determine the steps the industry needs to take over the next five years to recruit and retain diverse talent. 

Twenty-one organizations participated in the survey, which represents an estimated 75.5 percent of the cable and communications industry’s workforce. 

The full report is available at http://namic.com

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