Welcome to Thursday.

The Chicago Defender published a post titled, “Want to Break into Tech? Here’s How” with advice from Facebook’s Tasha Levy and Black Tech Mecca founder Fabian Elliott. Acquiring a new skill or switching careers in today’s digital rat race appears difficult, but it’s not impossible. Fortunately, there are organizations dedicated to providing effective tech training at little to no cost.

Here at ThePLUG, we’re dedicated to connecting you to these everyday resources and featuring the thought leaders making it happen.

You are vital in our mission to amplify the voices of black founders, technologists, and investors. We’re interested in hearing from you. Send your thoughts and partnership opportunities to hello@theplugdaily.com.

Keep shining.




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ShotTracker Eyes Growth in NCAA Hoops

ShotTracker’s “TEAM” stats go well beyond the box score, providing shot charts, optimal lineups, possession stats and player efficiency ratings, among other metrics.

Matt Connolly | Forbes


Outcolor: The Future of Tech for the Black and Brown Community

Outcolor is an extension of Outco, a Software Engineer Interview Prep with a four-week technical and non-technical curriculum aimed at getting engineers great jobs at top companies.

Jared Karol | techinclusion.co


Startups in Cameroon Have Created an “Internet Refugee Camp”

The space was sponsored by ActivSpaces, Cameroon’s first tech hub and incubator, and Njorku, a job listing startup voted as one of Fast Company’s 2017 most innovative African companies.

Abdi Latif Dahir | Quartz


Charlotte Task Force on Poverty: There’s No Silver Bullet

A local incubator called City Startup Labs, which aims to close the racial gap in local entrepreneurship by cultivating ethnic minority entrepreneurial talent, and a city-sponsored steering committee focused on digital inclusion.

Kelsey E. Thomas | Next City


How this Tech Pro Partnered with DJ Khaled to Educate Millions of Teens

Nourisha Wells, Senior Director of Digital Strategy and Technology at Get Schooled, shares why its necessary, how families can get involved and more.

Allyson Leak | Ebony



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