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    Communities

    Black Tech Week celebrates innovators of color, highlights opportunities

    Feb. 23, 2015, 11:46 a.m., Posted by Felecia Hatcher


    Photo by Carolina Wilson.

    Felecia Hatcher is co-founder of Code Fever and an organizer of Black Tech Week, which Knight Foundation supports to build Miami’s community of innovators and entrepreneurs, while fostering talent and expanding economic opportunity. 

    Since announcing Black Tech Week I’ve fielded a lot of questions and the two that I’ve received over and over again are: “Why Black Tech Week?” and “Why Miami?” My answer is simple: “Why not!”

    When I sat down with members of our steering committee and Derick Pearson, co-founder of Code Fever, to discuss the momentum in Miami and all the various conversations about diversity and inclusion in the tech space, we realized that we’d all attended many such conferences around the world but the time was ripe for an event like this in Miami. It’s time for an event that provides a collision point between tech, innovation and culture with a real focus on Miami as a conduit to the Caribbean and African Diaspora.  

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    Arts

    Indie artists perform at benefit to support Sean Pritchard

    Feb. 23, 2015, 10:08 a.m., Posted by ylatimore

    Sean Pritchard. Photo by William Haun Approximately three hours away from Macon, there's a town called Oakway, South Carolina. Many people who were not close friends with Sean Pritchard may find it hard to believe he's not from Macon. The time he has dedicated to this...

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    Discovering the sounds of Detroit

    Feb. 23, 2015, 9:58 a.m., Posted by Tod Machover


    The Symphony in D project records sounds with the students of Detroit’s YouthVille.

    A new, collaborative symphony, led by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Tod Machover of the MIT Media Lab and funded by Knight, is taking shape in the Motor City. Below, Machover, who is gathering sounds from the people of Detroit to shape the piece, writes about his work. A version of this post was originally published at SymphonyinD.com.

    I recently returned from a trip to Detroit, my second in a month, and my third since we officially launched the Symphony in D project in late November. Besides exploring as many corners of the city as I can and sometimes soaking up impressions without any agenda—often the best way to find surprises—my goal right now is to meet people who would be interested in collaborating with me, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and my team at the MIT Media Lab to create this musical portrait of Detroit, past, present and future.

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