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The following is either a feel-good story with some serious ethical questions . . . or a story about serious ethical questions with a feel-good flavor. Much has been made over CRISPR, a relatively new technology that allows scientists to modify DNA, the building block of life on earth. Most...
NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University is launching a national initiative that seeks to bring coding experiences to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and underserved communities. TSU hosted the inaugural “HBCU C2 Presidential Academy” this week through its newly established National Center for Smart Technology Innovations. HBCU C2 will bring coding and creativity opportunities...
CodeCrew, a non-profit organization aimed at cultivating initiatives for Computer Science education, will host its fifth-annual “Hackathon” at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Dr., on July 27-28. Participants will tackle various aspects of school health, and how to creatively address it. The CodeCrew Hackathon is the finale to...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House has advanced legislation banning motorists from holding cellphones while driving. House lawmakers voted 53-38 on Wednesday after debating the measure at length. Supporters argued the bill is needed to enhance safety while critics warned the bill was a potential government overreach. The bill still...
For small business owner Charles Hill, Trudy Morrison – Operation Hope financial counselor with First Tennessee Bank – is a point of reference for understanding where he is today. “I met Ms. Morrison when I was enrolled in a training program for entrepreneurs at Advance Memphis,” said Hill, owner of...
Building a website, creating a branding strategy or a new logo are projects that can take months and cost thousands of dollars. Not in Memphis. In the span of just a weekend, 60 local technology and marketing professionals completed those projects, and more, for 15 regional nonprofit organizations, and did all...
By Brandi Hunter, High Ground News A St. Louis-based nonprofit has entered the Memphis market to offer free coding classes and job readiness support with the aim of increasing diversity in the technology field. Memphis is the fifth city expansion for LaunchCode, a nonprofit founded in 2014 by Jim McKelvey,...
By Kashmir Hill, The Root Terrance Everett has been on the wrong side of the law for most of his adult life. When he was 18, he had to register as a sex offender for having sex with a 15-year-old, because she was under the age of consent. In his...
by Cathy F. Hart, Special to The New Tri-State Defender When a group of tech-savvy adults noticed the need for Black and Latino youth in Memphis to have more mentorship, networking and entrepreneurship opportunities, they created a space just for them. The multifaceted team of developers – Anthony Anderson, Bianca Russell,...
Randall Phillips can’t contain his excitement about Amazon’s plans for a Memphis distribution facility, albeit for different reasons than most Bluff City residents. “Amazon has confirmed they are bringing a $72 million plant to Memphis. Inside the plant are little orange robots with tall handles that lift and bring new...